Posts by Carolyn Godfrey

Connect then Lead

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in Leadership | Comments Off on Connect then Lead

The Science behind Leadership Consider this: before people decide what they think of your message, they decide what they think of you.  Psychologists agree that warmth and strength are the two primary dimensions of social judgment. These two traits are the first things we evaluate when we judge others, especially our leaders. The characteristics behind warmth are empathy and compassion, and for strength are competence and confidence. These traits are so important that they account for more than 90% of the variance of both the positive and negative impressions we form of other people. We form...

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Are you playing the star role in the movie Ground Hog Day?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Leadership | Comments Off on Are you playing the star role in the movie Ground Hog Day?

Who’s in control anyway? Do you find yourself experiencing the same unwanted situations and outcomes over and over like the movie Ground Hog Day? We sometimes find ourselves stuck in certain areas of our lives due to unconscious programming that is running 95% of the time. Part of leadership development and human evolution is to recognize when we are running a limiting pattern or belief that is disempowering ourselves and others. Failing to recognize and shift these patterns can have undesirable consequences like: not getting successful results, an inability to self-actualize, health...

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Do You Scare People at Work?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Leadership | Comments Off on Do You Scare People at Work?

Let’s face it….we all have our bad moments, myself included. If you have too many bad moments it can turn into a caustic culture or a place where nobody speaks up. Leaders are often reactive because expressed or unexpressed expectations were not met. Impatience and irritability can occur because of the different ways others express themselves to you. Although high functioning teams require diverse skills and ways of thinking, it can also create conflict. Diversity is not just the differences in gender, color or race. Conflicts in organizations often occur because of the diversity in the...

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Do you know how to bring out the best in others?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Leadership | Comments Off on Do you know how to bring out the best in others?

Mentoring is on the Rise Successful companies, large and small, use mentoring to tackle complex human resource challenges, such as increasing employee retention, creating new leaders and improving workforce productivity. Corporate mentoring is on the rise: 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship where an experienced person (the mentor) supports another less experienced person (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that enhances the person’s professional and personal growth. A...

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Walk and Talk Like a Leader.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Leadership | Comments Off on Walk and Talk Like a Leader.

Are You Perceived as Credible?   Do you speak in public or give presentations? Do you want to influence your boss, peers, customers or your staff? If you answered yes, don’t underestimate the importance of leadership presence when it comes to influencing others. An important component of leadership presence is credibility.  One way to build credibility is to demonstrate trustworthiness and expertise over time. Unfortunately, sometimes you need to be credible in situations where people don’t really know you. There are some simple ways to build credibility. Leadership Presence Can...

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