How to Practice #Peace in One Minute & Beyond

Hi Marilyn O’Hearne here with weekly wisdom, today talking about how to practice peace for one minute an hour and beyond. I will be sharing with you a practice I learned from Doug Silsbee through his Presence Based Coaching. “If you practice it ten times a day it will change your life,” he said. That is about once a waking hour. So let me know after you have you tried it out!

I use this with clients, my fast paced United Nations clients especially appreciate it. I also use it before going into meetings and […]

How to Practice #Peace in One Minute & Beyond2018-09-05T15:31:52+00:00

How to Successfully Communicate while Uncertain

We celebrate freedom in the US. Yet in our VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) World, we are not free of ambiguity. We crave certainty, clarity, directness (some personalities and cultures more than others). Stepping into leadership, as a leader or a coach, requires increasing tolerance for and skills with dealing successfully with ambiguity (Ambiguity= murky, foggy, unclear).

Imagine your organization is in the process of merging with another organization. Or is downsizing. Or the new CEO has announced an upcoming reorganization. Productivity and profitability need to stay in place, while expectations are in flux and employees (maybe even you!) are unsure of […]

How to Successfully Communicate while Uncertain2018-07-04T17:01:17+00:00

Magical Metaphors for Transforming Communication: Backdoor to the Brain

“Imagine a Tarzan like vine dropping down from heaven that will take you from the brown, barren mountain you have described to the lush, green mountain, where you want to be. What is that vine?” I asked the coaching client.

“Oh, I know! It is something already available I had forgotten about!  I had not included it in the list of ideas I had come up with and asked you to help me prioritize,” she said.

Our brains resist ideas that can lead to disruptive change-“danger, danger!” the alarms go off. Metaphors serve as a “back door to the brain”, bypassing the “danger” signals around change, […]

Magical Metaphors for Transforming Communication: Backdoor to the Brain2018-06-29T15:41:00+00:00

2 Keys to Ensuring Your Direct Communication is “Ideal” for Successful Impact

Take a lesson from Goldilocks.  You do not want your communication to be too direct (her porridge “too hot”), getting burned (losing business); or too indirect (“too cold”), also risking losing business. How do you discover what is the cultural “just right” level of Direct Communication with your clients, customers, stakeholders?

My grand-dog Trek, who I am staying with this week, responds to firm, direct commands, like “sit!” (sometimes). But that does not always work with humans!

How one of my coaches almost lost my business: I felt myself squirming in my chair, feeling impatient, my attention drifting, watching the […]

2 Keys to Ensuring Your Direct Communication is “Ideal” for Successful Impact2018-06-20T12:11:22+00:00

Women in the Workplace: Boosting Your Cultural Intelligence

Marilyn: Welcome to Weekly Wisdom, boosting Cultural Intelligence, this week on Women in the Workplace: challenges and bottom line results; Marilyn O’Hearne with Courtney Thomas, CEO of the Central Exchange and at the Westport Plexpod, kicking off the .WISTEMM Village. So Courtney tell us about some of the challenges you see for women in the workplace.

Courtney: First and foremost I think one of the largest challenges that women face is having the same opportunities as men. We talk about wage parity, gender disparity. Those sorts of things that limit women from achieving the goals […]

Women in the Workplace: Boosting Your Cultural Intelligence2018-06-06T20:45:46+00:00

Generations Clash Over Workplace Attire-What to Do?

Cultural Intelligence is a lifelong journey!with so many sparkling facets, I say. Today I am sharing a few gems from this morning’s Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, with the video and audio above of my interview about generational clashes over workplace attire, followed by the transcript below and our GDPR update. This makes for a longer than usual blog. You are at choice for which sections you want to explore.

Diversity and Inclusion Gems

You hear what you see,” after we listened to someone say something with our eyes opened and closed. Also, I was delighted to hear […]

Generations Clash Over Workplace Attire-What to Do?2018-05-30T20:56:19+00:00

Generations Clash Over Workplace Attire-What to Do? +GDPR Update

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Cultural Intelligence is a lifelong journey!with so many sparkling facets, I say. Today I am sharing a few gems from this morning’s Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, with the video and audio above of my interview about generational clashes over workplace attire, followed by the transcript below and our GDPR update. This makes for a longer than usual blog. You are at choice for which sections you want to explore.

Diversity and Inclusion Gems

You hear what you see,” after we listened to someone say something with our eyes opened and closed. Also, I was delighted to […]

Generations Clash Over Workplace Attire-What to Do? +GDPR Update2018-05-30T20:41:43+00:00

You Need to Speak Up!

As a leader or coach, you want the greatest impact for you, your organization and its stakeholders, to maximize income by maintaining your edge and avoiding loss of business, talent, and market share.

Yet the self doubt and even sometimes fear that arises from working in our Volatile, Uncertain, (culturally) Complex and Ambiguous world can get in your way. Our rapidly changing world can be unnerving for even established leaders, and more so for emerging or new leaders who are still finding their way. When an overnight tweet can effect the stock market and […]

You Need to Speak Up!2018-05-23T21:26:32+00:00

From Flooded to Focused: Enjoy the rewards!

My United Nation leadership coaching clients live in the same Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous world we all experience. The effects on us? self doubt, eroded confidence and difficulties focusing. We are bombarded with 11 million bits of info per moment and our brains can only process forty bits of information per moment. Our brains set up thousands of automatic filtering systems where unconscious bias, which can limit potential, occurs.

What to do? My UN leadership coaching clients, who literally carry the lives of many on their shoulders, delight in being introduced to a practice […]

From Flooded to Focused: Enjoy the rewards!2018-05-09T21:22:15+00:00

Starbucks, You & Me: Cultural OOPS!

We are all on the journey to greater awareness, including cultural, and “OOPS” are bound to happen along the way. How do you handle oops when they occur? We had some examples a few weeks ago of how to communicate with others when we hear their bias “oops.”

Imagine my initial horror when a newsletter reader (thankfully) brought my cultural oops to my attention last week. I posted apologies on social media, updated the text of my blog and Linkedin pulse and re-shot my video to exclude the oops.

I particularly wanted to communicate […]

Starbucks, You & Me: Cultural OOPS!2018-05-02T16:17:32+00:00
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