Field notes on navigating the new normal

Five ideas to ponder as we all rise to what’s before us One word that comes to mind is unprecedented.
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Passing the leadership trust test

In times of crisis, leaders of every kind must pass, first and last, the trust test. Trust is always important
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When your coach grows with you

Reflections on graduated coaching: how engaging with the same coach at different points in a career can result in mutual
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The power of the pod

Convening groups of leaders in peer coaching groups multiplies growth and impact; this case study shows how   Coaching is
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The antidote for death by PowerPoint

Strategic Communications: Our most popular workshop and how it can make for better decisions and less deadly meetings   If
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360: Getting leaders feedback from all angles

Our clients often ask for recommendations on what they can do to identify individual professional development possibilities and priorities. While
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Grip trip: Four steps for changing problematic behaviors

While Kenning coaches do sometimes help our clients learn how to invent and adopt entirely new behavior patterns, we often
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Three questions for our newest partner

Our valued Kenning associate, Jennifer Lachance, recently was elected as a partner in our firm. Jen brings to us terrific
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Self-reflective questions for growing forward (video)

Kenning founding partner Mark Ledden recently appeared on Brandon Smith’s The Workplace Therapist webcast.  Watch and listen here as they
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Identifying the levers that drive culture change

Kenning’s 3D Culture process: Development phase This is the final installment of a three-part series of articles describing Kenning’s 3D
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Complexity problems, and what healthcare leaders can do about them

Healthcare is a difficult sector. This isn’t news. But what may not be well understood is the kind of leadership
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Designing a healthy culture

Kenning’s 3D Culture Process: Design Phase In the first installment of this three-part series of articles describing Kenning’s 3D Culture
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Common denominator: Three kinds of self orientation

The math of David Maister’s Trust Equation[1] is designed to make a simple point: of the four components of trust,
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How you grow at work…and why coaching matters

Regardless of your job or your tenure, it’s likely that you aspire to grow and develop. Learning new skills, feeling
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How healthy is your organization’s culture?

Kenning’s 3D Culture Process: Diagnostic Phase “Before anything else, we want to help you assess where your organization’s culture really
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A case for coaching: It’s about time

In our coaching work, we at Kenning often see dramatic personal transformations unlocked by seemingly obvious changes. For instance, I
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A case for coaching: What’s in your wallet?

Understanding the currency you trade in as a path to transformational growth I recently had a discussion with a client,
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Pick the assessment best suited to the kind of change you want to make

Some psychological and psychometric assessments are designed to tell you who you are so that you can figure out how
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The case for culture statements

For decades, most well-established organizations have gone through the process of developing mission and vision statements to clarify their purpose,
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Three questions for two new Kenning partners

Two valued associates of Kenning, Annie Howell and Laurie Burkland Waller, recently have been elected as partners in our firm. 
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Leadership for the Unknown

Kenning is proud to announce partner JC Glick’s new book A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown
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See it, own it, and take action

Transformation begins with noticing. Kenning’s core coaching approach emphasizes iterative cycles of observation and experimentation – engendering self learning and
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What is a coaching culture?

The benefits of coaching are multiplied when the whole organization gets on board Working with an executive coach may, once upon
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Supporting women at work

When high performing women employees struggle to find a fit When women move along in their careers, many of them – despite
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Do adults actually change?

An academic debate leads us to ponder the value of the either/or debate We tend to like “this or that” distinctions because
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The power of a culture statement

A culture statement helps colleagues make day-to-day choices that are grounded in organizational values Organizations are collections of people.  Everything
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Leaders who listen

Recently, I saw a poster like this one in the hallway of an elementary school, and I was pleasantly surprised
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Learning in action

Kenning’s work is informed by the principle that adults learn by doing.  And more doing.  And then doing some more.
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The Birkman Method

Optimize engagement and team performance by increasing your leadership versatility Leadership versatility is not just a competitive advantage, it has become
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Your organization is a system

Frustrated by intractable problems at work? Maybe the art and science of systems thinking can reframe the challenge The fundamental complexity of
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Women, power, and body language

Moving your body differently can change how you think Next time you’re on an airplane, take a look around.  If
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Building body awareness

You can better manage your stress by increasing your awareness of what your body is experiencing If I asked you, “How
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A 360 view on leadership

Want to take stock of yourself as a leader?  Kenning suggests making use of the Leadership Circle The Leadership Circle Profile is one of
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Making distinctions

From my friend and colleague Bill Merriam, I acquired the saying, “Your story is the horse your distinctions ride in
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Top-team alignment

Top-team alignment is powerful.  But what can you do when you know you don’t have it? It’s not unusual for
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Thinking about transformation

I want to explore the nature of transformation. I teach a class at Georgetown University for aspiring coaches, and one
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The centered response

How can employees stay centered and be collaborative when sharing business news that isn’t always rosy? This website lists the
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