Posts by Jennifer McEwen

Sensing into Influence

Influence doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I’ve coached numerous executives who want to be great at influencing. As we explore what it takes, it quickly becomes apparent that influence starts with paying attention to signals … signals that come from within you and around you. Influence starts with noticing signals or sensations within you. As…

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A Glass Full of Wonder

You’ve likely heard the terms “glass half-full” and “glass half-empty” used to describe the outlooks people can have when looking at the same, seemingly exact, thing. While the water level in this figurative glass is the same for both (that is, half-way up or down the glass), people can perceive the same glass of water…

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Blast Off to Leadership

Recently, the world witnessed some extraordinary feats…one of those being Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson both going into space. They are now astronauts! Based on the Wiki definition of astronaut, it is usually a “person trained, equipped, and deployed by a human spaceflight program to serve as a commander or crew member aboard a spacecraft”…

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Using Lightness in Leadership

Lightness, laughter, and levity can be useful in business. “Laughter relieves stress and boredom, boosts engagement and well-being, and spurs not only creativity and collaboration but also analytic precision and productivity” as Harvard Business Review highlights, citing research by serious institutions like MIT and Wharton. However, lightness – or lightheartedness – does not always show up…

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Leading Diversity

As a small girl: I was among the poorest in a wealthy community, getting many of my clothes through charitable donations. As a teenager: I looked nothing like the people around me in Sri Lanka, and often felt like an outcast. As an adult: I have worked in organizations dominated by traditional thinking, where my…

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Acknowledging the Overwhelm

A different kind of overwhelm seems to be setting in for some right now with work. Requests from customers to meet in-person again, having to show up in the office full bore, added traffic doubling some commute times…you name it. If you are feeling extra exhausted lately, you are not alone. The mental toll from…

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Leadership Lessons from Dog Training

Have you ever been told NOT to do something, and that made you want to do it even more? There is a reason for that: Where you focus your attention is also where you maintain attention. Telling someone NOT to do something literally engages their mind towards the very thing you don’t want them to…

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Leadership Impact Starts on the “Inside”

It’s a special day at LAITHOS: We three, as Co-Founders, incorporated our business three years ago on April 20th. Three is my favorite number, so I am taking this opportunity to celebrate what we stand for: creating leadership impact. Our journey began five years ago with a single, little idea and has blossomed into a…

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Filling Those Shoes

My father was one of the most brilliant people I have ever known. He inspired me as a child to lead from integrity and responsibility. I have attempted to follow in Dad’s footsteps; yet, I never quite lived up to what I sensed he envisioned for my life. John Fibelkorn was a man who dedicated…

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Knowing What’s Essential

It can be a real struggle to focus when so many things seem to require our attention. My own to-do lists used to be long and rather ambitious. Then, I started noticing that the more I tried to do, the less I got done. Now I know that I accomplish my best work when priorities…

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