Christine Comaford’s Blog

Why Mindfulness And Meditation Matter In Leadership

        What stresses you out? We all have situations in which it is harder to maintain equilibrium than in others. Mine is: having to do too many administrative tasks that should be done by someone else. What’s yours? Proof That You Should Do Nothing We know we “shouldn’t” get freaked out and […]

Stasis Isn’t Sustainable: How One Powerful Tool Takes Leadership To A Whole New Level

        How do you need to grow as a leader? I don’t mean something vague such as, “I think I could listen better” but what really needs to happen for you to successfully lead your team? Do you know? Have you asked? Most likely you don’t actually know. Blind spots are so called […]

The Secret Behind Executive Presence

  *As Seen Originally On Forbes   Here’s the counter intuitive secret of developing more executive presence. Stop worrying about how you are perceived. Take the focus off yourself, your image and put it on what’s important in that moment. Focus. Increase your ability to listen, to really be with who you’re with (no matter […]

Surrounded By Toxicity At Work? Do This And Soar Above The Conflict

*As Seen Originally On Forbes “When you point your finger ‘cos your plan fell through, you got three more fingers pointing back at you…” -Dire Straits song “Solid Rock” What if every organizational problem was a leadership problem? That’s right, you know what’s coming. We’re not going to play the blame game. Not today, not […]

How Extraordinary Leaders Transform Self-Sabotage Into Success

*As Seen Originally On Forbes   What’s your poison? Most people have something they do that they wish they didn’t—and often we excuse ourselves by naming other things we are doing that are good. For example: “It’s okay that I’m having this donut, that was a tough client call, I did well, and I deserve […]

How To Handle Work Place Bullies

Bullies are scary, shocking, embarrassing and far too often tolerated in the workplace. Why? Because we don’t want to have to deal with them, we don’t want the attack, the conflict, the discomfort. So we either pretend they aren’t wreaking havoc or we grit our teeth and tolerate them. It’s time to stop. Here’s how! […]

The 4 Keys = Get Your Leadership GAME On

Get Your Leadership GAME On: Growth: How are you helping your team to aspire to greater knowledge and capabilities?Individual Development Plans, Leadership Lunches, Annual Learning Plans all help. Do you have them? Appreciation: How are helping your team to feel appreciated and valued? Do you use High 5s, Rock Star, Weekly Wins, Friday Toasts? If […]

The Evolution Of Employee Motivation Methods: Carrots, Sticks And Being Nice Aren’t Sustainable

We’ve all done it. We’ve sat everybody down and explained. And wonder of wonders, almost nobody understood or acted upon our very informative explanation. “Why don’t they just listen?” we ask ourselves. “Why are they still doing X when clearly we have to learn to Y if we’re going to succeed?” And on it goes. The fault […]

The Power Of Effective Delegation

  There is effective delegation, and there is “rubber band” delegation: when we delegate something and it snaps back to us. Here’s a 5-step process that my executive coaching clients find helps them to end rubber band delegation, and increase ownership and accountability. The result? Less burn out, better results and more energy. 1. What […]

How To Make Good Habits Easy And Bad Habits Hard

My friend is an Elementary School teacher specializing in Emotionally Disturbed kids and working on a campus dedicated to that population. She spends the first month of school teaching her students how to behave in the classroom: how to line up, how to greet her every morning (she asks them to look her in the […]

Why You Need An Accountability Partner?

An accountability partner is a friend or colleague that you’ll call weekly at a set time to report the status of the goals you set during the previous call. You’ll discuss any challenges you’re having and seek your partner’s input, and you’ll commit to additional goals to be achieved by your next call. Similarly, you’ll check […]

Want To Be Promoted? Cultivate These 4 Traits

What makes someone “high potential”? Can we predict rock stars at early stages of their careers? What key traits must be identified and cultivated to help stars (talent) achieve their full potential? According to Kevin Ochsner, a neuroscientist at Columbia University, it all comes down to the brain and how we’re wired, plus which traits […]

What Will Move The Needle For Your Business?

What Will Move The Needle? A Partner at an investment banking firm in the Midwest came to us with the following challenge. His firm was struggling with low accountability and poor communication. As a result, sales performance was crashing into the abyss—it was time to turn this situation around, and pronto. By setting corporate and departmental needle […]

The Number One Neuroscience Game-Changing Tool All Leaders Need For The New Year

Who do you work with that just drives you bonkers? Do you wish there was a way to wave a magic wand and instantly remove the immediate irritation, angst and frustration you associate with them? While I don’t have a magic wand, thanks to neuroscience, I do have a practical tool that you can start […]

The Secret To Surviving Your Holiday Office Party

It’s December and we know what that means… office holiday parties! Ugly holiday sweaters, gift exchanges, celebrating the end of the year and getting ready to start 2016 off on the right foot. While some look forward to this annual celebration, there are many of us that just dread the idea. The thought of putting […]

Get Rid Of Office Conflict For Good

Are stress, anger and conflict common themes in your organization? Are deadlines being missed, accountability consistently dropped and a lack of understanding and/or rapport prevalent? We have a new neuroscience-based tool for your toolbox that will help you gain new insights, develop the skill of stepping back, experiencing another’s map of reality and target specific behavior […]

Are You Outcome Focused?

As leaders shift from a problem to an outcome oriented focus & culture, something cool happens: we shift ourselves! Are You Outcome Focused?

Is Technology Making Us Dumb And Numb?

As we spend more and more time connected to technology, we’re spending less and less time connected to each other. And as we spend more and more time connected to technology, we’re multitasking more. That’s a problem. Multitasking reduces gray matter density in the area of the brain called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC). Susan […]

The Key To Developing Influence

Here’s the thing about influence: it’s not about how may people you can tell what to do. It’s about how many people you can understand, empower, and motivate. So the key to developing influence is developing your ability to build rapport, or connect with anyone. And the key to developing rapport is flexibility of behavior […]

Achieve Your Goals Faster: The Latest Neuroscience of Goal Attainment

Why do we fail at achieving goals? The answer is in your brain—and your blood pressure. And high blood pressure can help you keep goals on track. Emily Balcetis, a social psychologist from NYU, recently explained how properly set goals boosts our systolic blood pressure (SBP), which is the measurement of our body being geared […]

The Importance Of Safety Belonging & Mattering At Work & In Life

Safety, belonging, and mattering are essential to your brain and your ability to perform at work, at home, and in life overall. The greater the feeling of safety, both emotional and physical so we can take risks; the greater the feeling of connection with others, or the feeling that we’re in this together and we […]

5 Ways To Remain Jedi Calm In A Dark Side Workplace

Luke Skywalker: “How am I to know the good side from the bad?” Yoda: “You will know when you are calm. At peace, passive.” When you arrive at work, are you entering an environment fueled by the Dark Side or the Light Side? Just like in Star Wars, there are Darth Vaders running amok in many […]

Logical Levels Of Change

Logical Levels of Change is the process of getting from Stuck to Smart. It involves working six distinct logical levels of change. These levels were first identified by social scientist Gregory Bateson. I see them as concentric rings. The symptoms are the environment, behavior, and capability rings. The system are the beliefs, identity, and core/culture […]

10 Quick And Easy Tips To Rock Your Next Job Interview

What can you, the talent, do to stand out during your interview? How can you ensure that the interviewer sees your value and can convey that you are the best choice for the position? First, let’s take a moment to examine the view from the interviewer’s perspective. Many of our clients ask for help in […]

Take Time To Embrace Inner Peace

Let’s Embrace Inner Peace! Taking time to embrace inner peace is something every highly accomplished leader I know learns to stop the world and to stop their thoughts, on command. This is one of the best ways to make key decisions, to determine if a competitive action is truly a threat, to see future products, […]

Can You Tell The Truth For An Entire Week?

How much truth do you tell? The whole truth? The partial truth? The preferred truth? I’ve been noticing how uncomfortable truth can be for people to hear, and I’m getting really curious as to why we lie so often. When did it become “not ok” to say what was really going on? When did we […]

What Role Do You Play?

What role do you play? We all have a default role, one we learned early in life. This role has shaped our lives, and it is often what prevents us from fostering sustainability in ourselves and in our teams. Our roles may keep us (or others) in our Critter State, or cause unhealthy dependency. Being […]

How Great Leaders Build Trust With 4 Brain-Based Tools

Recently one of my executive coaching clients came to me with this question. “Christine, my team is disengaged and disconnected. I am being drained daily by high stress, high distrust and chaos. How can I get my team to trust my company and to trust me?” The issue of trust can make or break an […]