Entries by Terri Deuel

Energy Fields – 7 Types Leaders Can Recognize

An important leadership skill is the ability to recognize energy fields. This means identifying how relationships exist in space and time. In other words, a good leader can identify two energy fields at the time of interactions: What is in the space What is trying to emerge in that space Whether a team is in person or over […]

How to Keep Yourself on Task and Be Present for Others

Being present is a key leadership trait: present to others, present to the priorities, present to the tasks at hand and present to what is unfolding in the moment. Often times, it is a juggling act to determine where to place your presence in the moment. That’s true especially when it comes to others. As a […]

Tips to Move Away from Internally Based Competitors

A leadership team whose members view one another as competitors is one with dysfunction. When members are not on the same page, battling internally, protecting turf and working at cross purposes become dominate priorities. Conflict runs rampant. Frustration is an epidemic. And moving things forward is next to impossible. In this environment of competitors, silo […]

3 Tips for Handling Feedback

For many leaders, it can be a challenge not to take feedback personally or view it as criticism. If this is something you experience, your instinct may be to react by becoming self-conscious and defensive or shutting down. These reactions, however, are not serving you. When you shutdown, you may be missing out on the opportunity to learn and […]

Listening – A Tip to Enhance that Skill

As a leader, one of the communications skills you must master is listening. Why? Listening is a fundamental building block of success. It is vital to establishing healthy relationships and fostering trust-based leadership. Also, listening is a critical skill to help you uncover and discern information. Active listening requires you to engage your concentration and […]

Constructive Feedback – How to Develop vs Correct

The majority of managers hate to give constructive feedback. And yet most employees want feedback aimed at improving how they work. They want to be told how they are doing, what’s working and what’s not. Many want to know what’s next for development and growth. As a leader, you are often their catalyst for change. You […]

Why Opt-In for Reverse Mentoring?

Back in 2014, I attended a United Way luncheon and listened to a keynote that has stuck with me. This particular keynote, delivered by a partner at PWC, was on the topic of employee development and talent growth strategies. The strategy that intrigued me most was reverse mentoring. The speaker’s case study for this strategy […]

Boundaries – 3 Steps to Establish for Effectiveness

As a leader, an important skills to master the art of setting boundaries. Why? Because boundaries enable prioritization on what  matters most and effectiveness to meet commitments on those priorities. They lead to focus and engagement for you and your team. Years ago as a new leader, I experienced being pulled in a thousand different directions. As a result, […]

“It’s All Made Up:” How to Avoid Flawed Assumptions

Poor decisions are often the result of flawed assumptions. Rushing to judgment. Misunderstanding. Equating to a similar situation. These are just a couple of reasons behind erroneous conjectures. What if you had access to five tips that would help you avoid flawed assumptions, thus making more informed decisions? While in a leadership training program a couple […]

Energizing – Understanding What You Need and Why

As a leader in today’s complex world, the demands are plentiful. The hours are long. The days and nights run together. The competitive landscape and fast-pace of change require unrelenting focus. With global workforces and round-the-clock production environments, availability 24/7 is the name of the game. Add personal responsibilities and you have a recipe for […]