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Hi! My name is Roxanne Bartel - most people call me "Rox" . I call my practice, ImpactBank and chose a title of Chief Booster and Holder of Space. I seek to give every one of my clients a much needed boost of support AND I hold space for you to explore whatever you need in order to find the success you seek. I'm specifically supporting Millennials in my podcast and through my workshops and group coaching. Why? You are the new leaders of today AND you have a lot to say and give. I want to sup ...
 
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No matter how rational or intelligent you are likely plagued with the "my-side" bias. This can lead you to make erroneous connections and see the world through a flawed view of the world and people. This week's Quick Tips: Be open to learning BOTH the internal and external lessons that are transferrable and expandable throughout your life. Next ...…
 
Your words have impact. Yes, they impact others but perhaps, more importantly, they impact you. They reflect what is going on inside your head so they are a hidden treasure trove, a reflection of sorts, of your own thinking and processing. These words also embed certain beliefs into your thinking AND that is where the potential problems begin. ...…
 
A tribal mindset is a fixed mindset. What makes that so? A fixed mindset is about limitations and defining within a limited scope. For example, when you say 'I'm smart' instead of "I'm capable of learning' you are limiting yourself - like a finished product. When you define yourself to a tribe life is more comfortable, like that sleepy town whe ...…
 
Rights, Privileges and Commodities A right is something a privilege is an entitlement granted by an entity (government, parents, employer) in return for meeting conditions (citizenship, behavior, contribution). A right is considered something inherent to our personhood. Are your rights a human construct? While the concept of human rights is a b ...…
 
Leaning into vulnerability goes against everything your brain is instructing you to do! So why is it preferable if you want people to trust you? Recently, when delivering a workshop on Resilience a participant described me as confident during our conversation on SOBs and I asked her to expand on what observable behaviours brought her to this co ...…
 
"Let them eat cake." We are tribal. You think! What blinders are you wearing? What are you failing to deal with directly? Or maybe you are looking and you can see but are not willing to hear. Aren't we all trying to get to the desired place - whatever that means for you? You can't possibly know in which direct to move it you haven't figured thi ...…
 
Being aware, even self-aware, is only a beginning. A very important beginning. And still, you can't stop there. Many of us struggle to get to awareness. AND it is only sustainable if you continue the work to dig deeper. Recording of Adam Van Koeverden interviewing Dara Howell. This week's Quick Tip: while sharpen your awareness skills is a grea ...…
 
Are you comfortable feeling uncomfortable? It's worth the effort. At the same time - helping those working with and for you feel more comfortable, like they belong and are valued, will pay dividends. If that seems contradictory, it may be worth thinking about more deeply. This week's Quick Tip: you will generate the best outcomes when you build ...…
 
Practice Makes Permanent. It's how your brain works! You embed habits and practices by repetition. When Browning shared this while covering figure skating in the Olympics, he was referencing muscle memory and YET, using this principle in every part of our lives, including leadership, is healthy and effective. You will be more prepared, primed I ...…
 
Have we become addicted to taking sides at the expense of our ability to collaborate or cooperate to get real things done? Critical thinking in leaders requires something more than the ability to see two sides to any issue. Leaders who develop a willingness to see and work within nuance may be better prepared to lead diverse teams through disru ...…
 
The power to: listen and be curious; engage new and more expansive perspectives; amplify the voices and personal power of others; or make meaningful change. As a leader you make a choice every day how to use both your personal power (a power each of us enjoys) and your positional power (which is the power you must wield with care). How you use ...…
 
Leading from the front may be a great strategy AND YET like most approaches, it is not ALL great! Leaders who seek to anticipate and get ahead of problems need a unique perspective. This approach requires a healthy curiosity and a response mindset; sounds GREAT. Well there is a down side too - these leaders can become too sure of themselves and ...…
 
Is there danger in being certain? In other words can you possibly be too certain? Absolutely. Not knowing - not having the answer or the solution feels vulnerable to most leaders, especially young less experienced leaders. Experienced leaders still suffer from this malady AND it can often have more serious implications than when young leaders f ...…
 
Where your attention falls doesn't simply determine where you are going, it reveals what matters most to you. You can lie to yourself about what you value most but your attention tells the truth so pay attention. This week's Quick Tip: Consciously identify your deepest values and doggedly chase them with tenacity and passion, refuse to sweat an ...…
 
Are Questions the Answer? The quality of the questions, though, may be the key. This week's Quick Tip: Improve your questions, dig deeper and see your results soar. Next week's SQT (Spring Quick Tip); the Hint: "I know not if my efforts will result in the difference I wish to make. I follow up the quest despite of day and night and death and he ...…
 
Do you know what you value most? OR Are you still stuck in espousing beliefs and values you THINK you SHOULD have? Most people walk through life with little awareness of their beliefs and their values. Most leaders fall into this trap as well and if you are one of those, you may not be projecting an authentic self AND that is never helpful if y ...…
 
White men may feel they're being relegated to the back seat but they really are still in the driver's seat - but thankfully driver-less cars are coming. The driver-less car may just be a metaphor for reaching equality but I'll take it! When privilege is taken for granted, a call for equity can feel oppressive. SO, what could the leadership tip ...…
 
Your predecessor left a shadow and what you do with it, or about it, will make a significant impact on your transition period and possibly your success you achieve. You are a leader so you want to make an impact SO set yourself up to get there rather than letting those that came before you to sabotage you. This week's Quick Tip: as a leader you ...…
 
Have you ever boldly spoken your truth and been shocked by the reaction? I was in a free flowing conversation recently when I, in a toss off comment, declared myself an ideologue: one who values ideas and theories as a way to learn and grow. The reaction did make me wonder what I had said that was so upsetting to some of the participants, whose ...…
 
Your brain can either support you or sabotage you - your choice! Today we explore 3 adaptations that helped people, as a species, survive. Yes there was a point in our history when it was in question and we needed to adapt or perish. NOW, in today's world these same adaptations can sabotage you. Successful people, great leaders seek to recogniz ...…
 
A leader's success often comes down to how you work in the margins, on the edges. The edge is very nuanced and requires that you get comfortable holding thoughts that at first glance appear to conflict. While I use a #MeToo type example in the episode, I will share a very different one here. As a leader I needed to appreciate the importance of ...…
 
One thing we are learning in the #MeToo movement is how easily we misunderstand each other. Behavior, both good and bad, comes out of a person's mindset, which comes out of an attitude and ultimately a set of beliefs. If we are going to change the cultures that result in the worst of human behavior we need to be prepared to examine Beliefs, Att ...…
 
Women's stories of sexual harassment in the workplace has sparked so many conversations about how men and women engage and how, because we so often misunderstand each other, our engagements end up in conflict or bigger problems. "NO" means no, not "convince me"...in sexual conversations. And yet in many workplaces and in some positions (like sa ...…
 
Feel the burn! Grit requires and prepares you to be willing to go through the fire sometimes. I am still travelling as I queue this episode up. As most of you know I have developed, and continue to add to, a course on developing grit. This trip has added insights to my work and even as I listen to this episode, that I previously recorded on pus ...…
 
Are you a generous leader? Are you looking for ways to create a culture, an environment of service. You serving your team, each of them serving each other and the organization and ultimately the customer. Your generosity as a leader will likely come back to you 10-fold. Why not consider how you can be generous in 2018? Happy New Year. Buon Anno ...…
 
Wishing you and yours great tidings of comfort and joy during this season. However, if you celebrate differently this season, or not at all this time of year, my tidings extend into the new year with a wish for you to live, laugh and love out loud throughout the coming year. Comfort and joy is a goal for which every leader would do well to seek ...…
 
You'd think a bold leader wouldn't ever suggest seeking permission was a desired approach to getting anything done. I am wondering more about this lately. In part because of some of the reading I'm doing on social license and corporate social responsibility. Leaders who consult and listen to stakeholders actually make the best decisions and rem ...…
 
People or systems? I learned and adopted systems-thinking early in my career and I've trusted this approach AND I'm not prepared to throw it out, just yet. BUT, I think it is worth questioning how to regularly evaluate and adapt to ensure the usefulness/relevance of any system. As I've worked with leaders I still apply the power and influence o ...…
 
Does it feel so good to "tell it like it is" - let people have it when you feel like it - that you are willing to reduce yourself to the workings of your amygdala; the raw reactions, emotions that exert themselves when you feel triggered. YES - it feels good! Leaders, who want to accomplish big things, need to be more thoughtful, if you ask me. ...…
 
Judgment. Do you have it? Do you hone it in yourself? Could you use your judgment more effectively to get more accomplished? Being a leader is a challenging calling; it's meaningful and it makes a huge difference. Whether you make a positive difference or not is completely up to you. I want to help you be the difference so you can aspire for mo ...…
 
If you are ready to turn over a new leaf, make a real shift in 2018, you may want to start by accepting you are biased. Knowing means responsibility. YOU ARE BIASED and knowing this means you have a responsibility to do something about it. As a leader you have significant opportunities This week's tip: Take a new and more systemic approach to b ...…
 
Our Brains are wired to connect. Your ability to be gritty when it's required and to build a gritty team, all starts with understanding the basics of how when we are wired together, we fire together and ultimately them thrive together. Today the focus is on appreciating the importance of valuing the importance of the connections within your tea ...…
 
Speaking up boldly when members of the team OR even a client treat people contrary to your values is a decision you must make as a leader. Just espousing certain beliefs in your mission or vision statement or including them in your published list of values is NOT enough. Leaders of substance will speak up and call out bad behavior including tas ...…
 
Do you know it for a fact? OR do you just KNOW it's true? Knowledge, or mastery over a subject, has historically been the benchmark but we are becoming aware of the power of understanding which is a more feminine way of learning. Both have value so now it's up to us to value both equally. We are capable of working for both - we just choose to l ...…
 
Being authentic is NOT about being who you were or even who you want to be; its about leading from a deep self-awareness EVEN as you evolve and grow. To be your authentic self - at your CORE - relies on your ability to adapt, grow and change. It relies on your willingness to be VULNERABLE. It's tougher AND more rewarding than you likely realize ...…
 
The Competitive Advantages you'll realize with expanded engagement is more critically important than ever before. As a leader you can make an impression AND a real difference by learning how to drive engagement in a sustainable way. How do people who support your efforts come to care about your goals? How do you inspire and invite people to ful ...…
 
The workplace, just like the world today, is complex. While keeping things simple has been a helpful motto, it sometimes is simply a way of making us accept mediocrity. Let's not push ourselves to learn more, be more, expect more! I do believe that we can make things more complex than they need to be and, by doing so, tie ourselves in knots. Wh ...…
 
Are you primed for success? What can you do to ensure that you are? It turns out priming happens whether you intend it or not. It impacts you unconsciously and it will either set you up for success or it can sabotage you. Take Charge of the priming whenever you can. Next week's Quick Tip; the Hint, in the form of a question: Is your struggle fo ...…
 
How do you respond to or even invite conflict? What if conflict helped you see more clearly? What if conflict is exactly what you need more of to be more innovative. It won't unless you learn how to hear it differently. Next week's Quick Tip; the Hint: priming - are you aware of the impact it's having on your focus and results? Hey while you're ...…
 
Change is a constant! What are you doing when confronted by change within you and around you? What if where you put your attention determines how to navigate the change? Strangely we seem to crave or at least happily welcome it when we have choice and the perception of control throughout the process of change. We fear change to the point of res ...…
 
Being true to your values requires you to exercise courage every day AND when you find your back up against a wall. Courage is only possible when you are clear about who you are? The bold leader is often misunderstood and to remain bold in the face of harsh criticism requires that you know yourself, your values and your boundaries. Only when yo ...…
 
Back-off Creep! As a leader you need to carefully consider the approach you take. There are times you need to be bold and assert yourself whether it's about setting your own boundaries or supporting other's. AND there are other times you need to be more thoughtful about the individual and collective social brain of the individuals involved. As ...…
 
Experience may limit you, even close you off to new ideas, taking risks or adapting and innovating. Do we grow complacent when our access increases OR with expanded experience because we have too much to lose or because we are just more socialized into the status quo? How can we remain open and curious about how we can be and do better? Next we ...…
 
To be understood is an underrated pleasure. When you feel understood do you feel connected, supported, constructively challenged and creatively inspired? Most people do. I'm playing with this concept in the #RRTs this year AND with organizations open to a taster-experience. It's not a course - it's not a coaching contract. It's a social experim ...…
 
We receive feedback differently when we solicit it. Knowing this as a leader must make you think differently about the giving of feedback. What if we've been doing it all wrong. Yes as you develop in expertise and even life experience you see around corners more effectively and your advice and support and even feedback become more valuable AND ...…
 
Sticks and Stones may hurt but names/words will leave a mark. What you call yourself is critical to how you see yourself and will seriously impact your performance. The words you use to refer to or speak with people in your office (or in your life) will seriously impact your relationships and everyone's performance. No corresponding post this w ...…
 
The tip this week: to reboot yourself frequently. one hour a day (minimum) two weeks (in a row) per year three days (in a row) every month No corresponding post this week but check out my website and past blog posts. Learn a bit about the new on-line course I'm developing for late 2017 called it takes Grit. Connect with me on LI and send me you ...…
 
Stephen Covey included "Sharpen Your Saw" as one of the 7 skills of highly effective people and I would add that questions are one of your most powerful tools so sharpening them will serve you very well. No corresponding post this week but check out my website and past blog posts. Learn a bit about the new on-line course I'm developing for late ...…
 
This week on the Roach Koach Podcast is a bit like an awkward date as the group sits down with Otep and their major label debut, Sevas Tra. Topics discussed: Respectful disagreements, the great P.O.D. debate, the science of nu-metal, the Roach Koach drinking game, nu-metal at the Gathering of the Juggalos, “Is this about shit or cooking?”, The ...…
 
Emotion moves us all and it will serve you as a leader to learn how to navigate your own and others. While I focus on the emotion of anger most in today's tip, of course, while anger is a catalyst for change, you may want to look much more broadly at emotion. I may write a post this week to cover this more broadly. Crying may never be an expres ...…
 
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