Christine Comaford’s Blog

Great Leaders Have An Attitude Of Gratitude — Do You?

The combination of leadership and gratitude is extremely powerful. Gratitude helps you feel better and see the good things in life. When combined with a gratitude practice, you will also be able to anchor that positive feeling into your brain and body, thus being able to call on that positive emotional reserve whenever you need to. […]

Why You Aren’t Getting The Respect You Deserve

Feeling unappreciated and disrespected? We’ve all been there. So how can you shift things in your organization so that you can start receiving the respect you deserve? The answer lies in expanding your beliefs. Because when we expand our beliefs, we create new behaviors. And through these behaviors, we are able to authentically give and receive respect. Let’s […]

The #1 Tool Successful Leaders Use To Radically Shift Their Reality

As a leader, in what area of your life do you need to shift from being disempowered to being empowered? We form our own reality based on visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues. These cues recall our beliefs about the world and ourselves (our identity), which results in either feeling good or feeling bad. If you’re on […]

The Secret To Controlling Your Emotions — Before They Control You

We’ve all felt how draining fear-based emotions can be. Nothing saps our team’s life force more than panic, overreaction, and upset that is unfounded. Emotions Have Energy Thanks to David Hawkins, MD, PhD, we have proof that emotions have measurable energy and can either foster or negate actual cell life. Dr. Hawkins’s groundbreaking work, as explained in his book Power […]

Why Is Resistance A Necessity For Growth?

You may be familiar with the Chinese finger trap. It’s a toy that traps the victim’s fingers (often the index fingers) in both ends of a small cylinder woven from bamboo. The initial reaction of the victim is to pull their fingers outward, but this only tightens the trap. Resisting our experience has the same […]

Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team

What makes a team optimal? Alignment, communication, collaboration, energy management, leverage, trust, and what else? Google did some comprehensive multi-year research on this topic. I’ll refer to it below and map it to my work during the past 30 years in the areas of safety, belonging and mattering. I’ve found it all comes back to safety, belonging […]

Derailed By Distractions? How To Get And Stay Focused Now

Where is your focus right now? How present are you? Do you have a little voice in your head listing all the things that you need to do today, tomorrow, and next week? We’ve all experienced that nagging internal voice that keeps us from focusing on what is right in front of us. As leaders, […]

Challenges Retaining Talent? Here’s What They Are Really Trying To Tell You

Is there a correlation between the style in which someone quits and the organization itself? A study conducted by Anthony Klotz, Oregon State University College of Business and Mark Bolino, University of Oklahoma Price College of Business discovered the 7 ways that people quit and that a connection may exist. Let’s take a look at the 7 ways that […]

This Tool Works! Using Effective Sales Meetings to Create Massive Momentum

How’s your sales team performing? Are they generating the high-quality leads you need on a regular basis? If you want your sales team to be engaged and intrinsically motivated to succeed, you need to provide the incentives and structure to support success – and those incentives and structures need to be communicated clearly and regularly. That’s why when clients come to us for help with sales and marketing effectiveness, one […]

Don’t Be Blindsided By Change

Change blindness = when we miss a huge change because we were focused elsewhere. Have you experienced change blindness? Perhaps a key employee became disengaged and you could have prevented it. Or a high-potential employee kept asking for greater challenge, and before you noticed the flight risk, they left. We’ve all experienced change blindness. It’s often a result of not […]

Three Keys To Effectively Managing Remote Workers [Infographic]

In a mere 3 years the mobile workforce is projected to comprise roughly three-quarters of U.S. employees. Is your organization ready? According to Gallup, remote working has been on the rise since 2012: from 39% in 2012 to 43% in 2016. The desire to work remotely is here to stay and it isn’t limited to a few select […]

The Surprising Link Between Customer Experience And Employee Engagement

How would your customers describe their experience with your firm? Please take a moment and rate the Customer Experience (CX) that you believe you deliver: Better than all companies in any industry The best in our industry Considerably above average in our industry Slightly above average in our industry Average for our industry Slightly below […]

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Competitive Advantage: The Power of Embracing Neurodiversity

“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer culture, for example, may favor a somewhat autistic cast of mind.” Harvey Blume, Journalist & Autism Advocate We all know […]

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3 Common Mistakes That May Be Killing Your Sales

We all want better sales results—so what’s the secret? It lies in the brain, and knowing how to guide our sales people out of their Critter State, where they are overwhelmed, stressed, in fight/flight/freeze, and into their Smart State where they have fresh insights, are ready to tackle the day, are motivated and psyched to […]

Right Person, Wrong Role? Or Wrong Person, Period?

People get into the wrong roles for a number of reasons. Perhaps there was a reorganization and the company didn’t want to lose them, so they were reallocated without consultation or training. Maybe they were promoted beyond their capability without a training plan. Or maybe they were hired to do a project that’s now irrelevant […]

Two Myths About Strategy — And Two Tools To Make Yours Work

We all know that setting a strategy matters. It’s one of the first steps to steer your company to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. So why do strategies so often fail? Because making strategies work requires execution. Why Strategies Fail Strategies fail when the average bear doesn’t know how to execute, and they aren’t […]

Ready To End Silos, Sabotage And System Dysfunction In Your Organization?

Got silos? How about sabotage? System dysfunctions like these are generally symptoms of low cultural alignment. The two founders of Company Z were at war. The CEO was aggressive, the CTO often sabotaged the CEO, and the company was divided into two camps. In addition to their personal strife, there had been recent technological breakthroughs […]

3 Practices To Become A Great Listener

Are any of these phrases familiar to you? “You just don’t understand.” “How many times do I have to repeat myself?” “I can’t tell if you’re distracted, or you just don’t care.” Whether you’re hearing these phrases or saying them, they’re all signs of ineffective listening. And ineffective listening can lead to damaged relationships, inefficient […]

The Only Effective Way To Deal With Conflict

What leadership and organizational behaviors would you like to change? I had the great good fortune in 2010 to spend a week with the Dalia Lama on his tour, supporting him behind the scenes as he interacted with thousands of people. One of the things he likes to say is “recognition is liberation.” When we […]

This Is What Generation Z Wants From The Workplace

Just when you thought you figured out Millennials, Generation Z is now entering the workforce. A whopping 72.8 million individuals are included in this group born between the mid-1900s and the early 2000s. Are you ready? While we have learned how to create a culture where Millennials can thrive, what Generation Z needs can be […]

If You Aren’t Doing Content Marketing, You’re Missing The Boat

The Content Marketing Institute together with Marketing Profs and Curata released an essential study recently. You need to read it. Why? Because it found that 75% of companies are increasing their investment in content marketing, and 43% are increasing staff levels. Content marketing works, and I’ll show you how and why in the next 3 […]

Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

We’ve all been there. We make what we think is a rational decision. And then seconds, minutes or days later we wonder “What was I thinking?!” Was it a temporary lapse of sanity? Were we just distracted and decided anyway? We knew it wasn’t the right decision or the best decision, but in that moment, […]

Employee Appreciation Day — Do You Do These 5 Things?

Friday, March 3, 2017 was Employee Appreciation Day. Sure, it’s a day for companies and leaders to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. But while having cake and an office party are always fun, shouldn’t employees feel and experience appreciation all year long? Here are five epic ways to […]

Organizational Distrust Is Rampant: Why Leaders Should Be Worried

Distrust is rampant. It’s worldwide. It’s pervasive across all types of organizations in the business world. Even though the trust of CEOs is at an all-time low, we can help heal the distrust that may exist in your organization and boost your trust-factor among your tribe. Are you ready?   You Can’t Buy Trust As […]

How To Leverage Newly Reported Job Outlook Optimism & Recruit Great Talent

Optimism regarding finding a quality job is at an all-time high. “For the first time since Gallup began tracking the question in 2001, a majority of Americans (54%) say it is a ‘good time’ to find a quality job.” What’s created this massive upward swing? Also per Gallup: “People’s optimism is affected by the political lens […]

63% Of Employees Don’t Trust Their Leader — Here’s What You Can Do To Change That

Trust is toast, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low. CEO Credibility plunged by 12 points this year. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said CEOs are somewhat or not at all credible. Whoa. Wow. How Trust Is Broken… Lack […]

The Power Primer: Lessons From Andy Grove, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates And Larry Ellison

  In my experience, leaders either use power well or they don’t. Thankfully, I’ve met more that fall into the “use power well” category. Here are four powerful leaders and the lessons they taught me. I hope their wisdom will touch you too. Andy Grove: Be Gracious Andy Grove always tried to feed me. He was […]

5 Signs Your Top Performers Are Going To Quit And What You Can Do To Retain Them

How many of your top performers have quit, leaving you, their leader, wondering why or what happened? People will quit before they ask for what they want or tell you what is wrong. That’s why knowing what to look for is so powerful. Red Flag Behaviors 1. Productive And Accountability Drop: They are missing deadlines, not […]

Four 2017 Topics That Bad Leaders Will Ignore And Great Leaders Will Embrace

Are you ready for 2017? What will make it your best year yet? Will it be tackling key goals? Finally getting those long-delayed “to do” items off your list? Or will it be taking your leadership to an entirely new level? I’m hoping for the latter—and if you’re on board, I’ll be right there with […]