The Two Key Ingredients for Your Best Performance: Simplicity and Certainty

July 31st, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

We are constantly called upon to give our very best performance.  We face questions such as: How will I give my very best interview?  How will I deliver my very best marketing pitch?  How will I swim my very fastest time? I would offer just two

Servant Leadership in Service to You

June 27th, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

The philosophy behind servant leadership is a humble one: help others do what they need to do. Yet, as a leader, adopting this philosophy can also help you. The reason is this: In difficult situations, you can overcome your fears if you think first about what

Stand Your Sacred Ground

May 31st, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

Can you feel the power in these words?  Isn’t this what we aspire to do each day?  Each time you resolve to “stand your sacred ground”, you are being a leader.  You are claiming your vision as something meaningful. This is what leaders do.  This is

How Do You Achieve Leadership Presence? Act Like an Actor

May 1st, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

I recently read a book, “Leadership Presence,” that takes an innovative approach on building presence. This book encourages us to adopt the techniques used by actors to connect with our audience and exude a presence that “fills the room”.  What is so innovative about this book

Becoming a Workplace Coach for Your Team

February 29th, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

If I asked you to choose between attending a 5-hour training session in a windowless room with a soggy sandwich for lunch, or… holding a meaningful dialogue with members of your team on a highly specific and profoundly important topic, which would you choose? If you

How to Build Your Leadership Style: Compare Yourself with Yourself

January 31st, 2012 by Kelly Kienzle

So often we look around us and try to become the leaders that others expect us to be.  Or we look behind us for past role models and historical precedence to determine how we should be. But what if you were to step away from those

Leading a Purposeful Life

December 30th, 2011 by Kelly Kienzle

I read a story this morning about a woman who was killed in an elevator accident.  She was going to work as she always did, likely feeling safe and unthreatened. Yet, her life took a sudden and dreadful turn.  How could she have known? What were

How Passion for Work can Kill Your Creativity

September 26th, 2011 by Kelly Kienzle

What is the difference between harmonious passion and obsessive passion for our work?