leadership

Strategies for “Giving In” To Change

Change is hard.  But it’s all over us!  In our nation’s demographics, succession, mergers, technology and turnover, we’re experiencing change at a faster pace than ever before. As firm leaders, we must keep up to sustain our firms and ensure that they are attractive to NextGen clients and team members.  All too often, we see firms putting off needed changes for a variety of […]
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National Crisis and Team and Client Support

As I sat down to write my blog today, I am keenly aware of how the recent national crisis in El Paso, Texas will dominate conversations in offices all over the country, or even all over the world. Texas Governor Abbot stated, “We must unite.” The El Paso Mayor Dee Margo announced, “We will not […]
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Breakthrough Your Conflict Barriers

Whether it is owner disagreements, performance issues, client concerns, or competitive situations, our professional lives are filled with potential conflict. But given the choice, most will shy away or ignore conflict rather than deal with it. Why? Maybe because conflict isn’t fun – or even comfortable – and we’re not very sure we’ll handle it […]
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Webinar: Are Your Leaders Causing Talent to Leave?

According to Gallup’s CEO and Chairman, Jim Clifton, “The single biggest decision you make in your job—bigger than all of the rest—is who you name manager.” Gallup cites a person’s manager as one of the top reasons given for a lack of employee engagement. Old norms and methods of managing team members don’t work anymore— […]
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Mindset: A Shackle or Key to Success?

For at least 8 or 9 years, I’ve been learning, writing and coaching about goal setting and goal achieving – about what is needed to get the job done and what gets in the way.  Along the way I have discovered and written about these “Goal Setting 101” fundamentals: Goal setting is a Quadrant II […]
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Be the Creator of Your Life

The world we live in is full of characters and archetypes. We mingle and dance by one another on life’s stage, stopping to interact with some longer than others, but ultimately coming back to the role we play. We grow attached to that role, the qualities and characteristics of this person we call our self; […]
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Reflections On My TLP Journey

When I was first asked to participate in the Transformational Leadership Program™ (TLP) for the Fall 2018-19 program, I was filled with excitement. This was followed shortly by one blaring question: how will I possibly find the time in my already “busy” life to commit to the TLP? It was at that moment that I […]
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Webinar: Managing in an Increasingly Virtual World

Today’s competition for talent is driving organizations to allow more employees to work from a place of their choosing, especially with technology currently in place in most firms that makes virtual work simple and seamless. Employees gain more control over where they perform work and firms benefit, too, by engaging and retaining employees and acquiring […]
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Getting Re-Started

Many of us made “non-negotiable” plans as we entered Busy Season 2019 to remain focused on our personal leadership goals – no matter what. And to be relentless in not allowing Busy Season to be a “steamroller” on each of us personally and the important people in our lives.  Even so, possibly due to the […]
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Leadership Lessons from a Trekkie

Nearly every Thursday night in 1990, you could find my brother and I sitting on the floor in my parent’s bedroom with a bowl of popcorn anxiously anticipating the airing of a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was our reward – our deeply loved tradition – and an opening for educational […]
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Convergence Spotlight: Sarah Brodersen

This Convergence Spotlight features Sarah Brodersen, our newest team member! Sarah joined us in December 2018 and coordinates the many administrative duties required to keep our team operating smoothly. From managing logistics and communications for our various leadership programs to preparing our web platforms for client engagements and webinars and so much more, Sarah ensures that […]
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Is Your Firm Leaving Potential Leadership Successors Behind?

Firms around the country are struggling to recruit and retain experienced professionals to serve their clients. Partners are nearing retirement, and many don’t have clear successors in place to ensure their firms keep running. Given the need for talent, we should leave no stone unturned in our quest to identify our next generation of leaders. […]
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The Key To ATAWW™ Success – Communication!

Communication is a central theme in our work with leaders at all levels. Whether it’s communicating to help team members adopt change, sharing your firm’s vision and how each element contributes to achieving that vision, following up on feedback from an employee engagement survey, or delivering feedback, communication is key to building a high-performing firm. […]
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Feedback Is The Breakfast of Champions…

At least it is according to Ken Blanchard, author, leadership expert and coach. And we agree – as do athletic champions! If you study championship athletes, you’ll find that not only do they appreciate feedback, but they seek it out from their coaches, teammates, other experts in their field and by watching videos of their […]
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Let’s Stop Paying Lip Service to People Development

Working with leaders of firms in completely different geographies and of a variety of sizes, I continue to have discussions with them about slightly different yet completely related topics:  a lack of traction in a mentoring program, an inability to get engagement reviews completed by both staff and managers and concerns that a partner group […]
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Personality Dynamics in Coaching

In our work with clients, we encourage using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality assessment to gain a better understanding of a leader’s preferences and how those preferences mirror or are different from others on their team. As a coach, we can use these insights about how they like to interact and communicate with others, […]
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Web Seminar: Becoming a Powerful and Effective Delegator

Delegation is a leadership must-have as no organization can grow, or survive succession, without encouraging its leaders to delegate. Unfortunately, real delegation is often desired and seldom practiced. At some point or another, we’re all guilty of one or more of the seven “sins” of delegation. In this session, we’ll explore ways to become better […]
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Sorting Out My Stories

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein Some of the things I say about myself are true. I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister. I’m 5’4”,  right-handed, and have naturally curly hair. I’m a yogi […]
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Web Seminar: Leaders Enter into Difficult Conversations Powerfully

Our roles as leaders and managers are filled with opportunities to manage, or avoid, conflict. However, well-managed conflict can promote change and create opportunities in your firm. Attend this course to gain confidence in managing conflict in your life and learn how to: Identify your current conflict management style Understand the underlying causes of conflict […]
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Web Seminar: Driving Change Through Strategic Firm-Wide Communication

Today’s organizations must navigate ever-accelerating change in standards, technology, mobility, talent, succession, consolidation, globalization, values and norms, and more. To successfully manage dramatic change, leaders must strategically design, execute, and communicate their strategies with the same focus and intention that they spend conceiving of the planned change. In this session, learn strategies to more effectively […]
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