Leadership and business coaches Lawrence Henderson and Alora Chistiakoff chat over a weekly Coaching Mystery Box topic relating to professional development, career management and leadership.
With Lawrence's background in the military and corporate L&D, and Alora's background in entrepreneurial tech and startups, we come at everything from two different perspectives, but with a common value: action, not excuses!
When a colleague drives you nuts
For all the talk about teams and all of my love of work as a source of social interaction, there are times when you find yourself working with a colleague who SIMPLY DRIVES YOU CRAZY. In this episode, I break down my three big buckets of crazy-making when it comes to co-workers, and Lawrence and I discuss how we deal with each.
Trying to buy a business
The idea of owning your own business is enormously appealing to many people. There are a lot of ways to do this, and one of them is to buy one. In today's episode, Lawrence and I discuss his journey -- and ultimate decision -- when it comes to buying a business.
Managing your energy
We like to pretend that our energy is infinite and that we can muscle our way through when times are tough. But the reality is that our energy matters to how we show up in all aspects of our lives. So when you are feeling out of control, and you feel like you are scattered or struggling, what can you do to start getting a handle on how you are feeling?
Managing your own triggers
Have you ever heard someone make an excuse like, "Ignore him. It's just his temper talking." Is that actually helpful? One of the most important characteristics of leadership -- and the PERCEPTION of someone AS a leader -- is their ability to handle pressure gracefully. One of the most important ways to start learning to do that is to identify your own most sensitive triggers, and then work on managing them. If someone else can press your buttons and get under your skin, you are going to have trouble projecting the image of yourself as a leader.
Do you feel like you spend your time chasing things for the sake of someone else's rat race? Is it productive? Is it useful? Is it serving you? In this week's episode, Lawrence and I talk about the value of being intentional. Pick your battles, and then choose to be intentional in how you expend your time and energy. It's harder than it sounds, but it's definitely worth it.
Living in limbo
In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and before the results were called, we all had to sit in a truly uncomfortable state: limbo. We took the opportunity to discuss this, particularly as it pertains to self-management, leadership and larger organizational impacts.