Archive for February, 2011

Let Go to Move Forward

Thought leader Guy Kawasaki has recently written an excellent review of Scott Eblin’s new book, The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success in his blog on OpenForum.  He feels Eblin’s message is an important one: Executive leaders can’t just keep picking up new ideas, strategies, and action plans without letting go of those things that no longer work or are holding them back. Failing to let the right things go can lead to sluggishness or paralysis in action-taking or decision-making. Elbin maintains this is because jettisoning long-held assumptions usually involves throwing out pieces of our self-image too. These are not new concepts, certainly, but they get a fresh perspective from Eblin’s work with hundreds of executives.

Read the review yourself, but among the things that Eblin suggests we should let go are: Self-Doubt, Running Flat-Out, One Size Fits All Communication, Self Reliance, Micro Management, Sole Responsibility, and Myopia. Some of these will undoubtedly resonate with you or with some of your coaching clients.

I’m adding The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success to my “To-Read” list (as well as Guy Kawasaki’s book to be released 3/8/11: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. Don’t you just love that title?)

Professional Networking: LinkedIn Groups

One of the potentially powerful features of LinkedIn is the option for you, as a professional and a leader, to join Industry or Shared-Interest Groups so you can read or participate in the discussions taking place in your field and see who’s doing the talking! I’ve embedded LinkedIn’s clear and helpful tutorial below on how and why you might wish to use LinkedIn Groups.

Don’t dismiss this without watching this video, and don’t equate LinkedIn Groups with the Group function in Facebook. It’s an entirely different and more professional interaction and can involve as little or as much time as you wish.

Depending on the purpose of  the Group (which should be declared when you go to its page), LinkedIn Groups can offer you:

  1. Visibility and the building of your reputation as an Expert
  2. A place to find — or share — tips, techniques, and best practices
  3. A place to seek a job or post job openings (though not all groups have a JOBS tab)
  4. Quickly discover the most popular discussions in your professional groups
  5. Have an active part in determining the top discussions by liking and commenting
  6. Follow the most influential people in your groups by checking the Top Influencers board or clicking their profile image to see all their group activity
  7. See both member-generated discussions and news in one setting
  8. Easily browse previews of the last three comments in a discussion
  9. Find interesting discussions by seeing who liked a discussion and how many people commented

When I’m looking for Groups I might wish to join, I consider the description provided by the Group manager, look at the length of time it’s been active, and look at the number of members. If it’s an open group, I look at the activity to see if discussions are interesting and informative. It’s easy to leave a group you have joined if you decide it doesn’t fit with your interests or priorities. Most groups require you to express an interest and be approved by the group’s manager.

For example, one newly formed group I have joined recently called Coaches and Consultants for New Horizons has been helpful because group members are generously sharing their experience with various webinar sites, marketing tools, and other programs. Sometimes people abuse a group by blatantly marketing themselves instead of joining in a legitimate discussion. If that happens too much, it’s time to think about leaving that group and joining another one.

Of course, you can start your own group too, but you should participate in one or more groups a bit to get the hang of it first.

Friends of AvoLead is a LinkedIn group established for connecting like minded individuals who share AvoLead’s values of Abundance, Evolution and Leadership. It is for sharing and networking by individuals who want to advance partnerships and authentic leadership. If you fit that description, we welcome you!

Conflict Dynamics Profile Event Feb. 14-16

AvoLead is co-sponsoring a local train-the-trainer event with the Center for Conflict Dynamics (CCD) at Eckerd College.  This three-day training prepares and certifies participants to use the Conflict Dynamics Profile tool and to deliver CCD’s new 8-module workshop entitled Becoming Conflict Competent.

The workshop will be held February 14-16, 2011 at the Solutions Center in the Research Triangle, NC (

More Information:

You may already be familiar with or certified in the Conflict Dynamics Profile, a powerful 360 tool for helping clients understand and work effectively with conflict in their lives and organizations.  This workshop is the next generation of applied knowledge of CCD’s solid work in this area.

Integration of ideas: The Course is shaped around Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan’s model of individual conflict competence, and Sherod Miller’s work on communications skills that encourages people to Cool Down, Slow Down and Reflect, and Engage Constructively.

Tools You Can Use: The course introduces practical maps, tools, skills and processes that improve talking and listening skills, help analyze conflict situations and systematically resolve conflicts.  These help participants manage conflict from within the Conflict Competence SkillsZone®, a place where communications is both focused and flowing.

CLICK on this link (2010 12 23_BCCFlier) for a more detailed description of the program this course qualifies you to implement.

The price for those who are certified is $1325; non-certified $1695.  Remember, completion of this workshop will serve as certification for both delivering the training modules and using the Conflict Dynamics Profile tool.

To register, call Patty Viscomi at 727-864-8972.

Questions?  Email Bonnie Wright at

We are so grateful to Bonnie Wright for her diligent efforts to bring this important work to our area.  We hope you’ll join us for this learning opportunity to make the investment to add to your leadership tool kit!