Personal and Professional Development

new year's resolution blueprint

New Year’s Resolutions Blueprint: 5-Part Reflection, Vision, and Goal-Setting Process

By Melissa Eisler |

December is the perfect time to set goals, intentions, and New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. This 5-part process will make sure your goals and focus for next year is strategic, thoughtful, proactive, and personally meaningful for you, and ensure you’ll spend 2024 working smarter and not harder.

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Gratitude at work

7 Simple Ways to Demonstrate, Create, and Practice Gratitude at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

When you bring your gratitude practice to work as a leader, it can have profound ripple effects. Showing your employees that they are appreciated can improve morale, wellbeing, engagement, retention, and overall productivity. The problem is, we get caught up in the laundry lists of to-do items and gratitude often falls off our radar. To keep it top of mind, here are seven ways to create, practice, and demonstrate gratitude at work that make it easy to do and harder to forget.

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three levels of awareness

The 3 Levels of Awareness: Self, Other, and Systems Awareness for Stronger Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

What are the three levels of awareness, and how do they relate to leadership? Learn all about what they are and get some ideas on how to expand your awareness on all levels.

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Annual Self-Performance Review: Looking Back to Look Ahead

By Melissa Eisler |

As another year draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the highs, lows, and everything in between. Follow the reflective exercise and journaling prompts in this article to look back and look ahead – to ensure you begin 2023 with a lot of intention.

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curiosity

The 4 Elements of Curiosity: Leadership’s Superpower

By Melissa Eisler |

Curiosity is complicated and multidimensional, which is why the benefits are so broad. It is not simply that you are curious or not; there are different flavors of curiosity that come in handy in different situations and environments. Let’s take a look at the four elements of curiosity.

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personality assessments

5 Top Leadership and Personality Assessments

By Melissa Eisler |

Personality assessments can play an important role in helping you gain insight into your innate tendencies and strengths – which will ultimately help you become a more balanced and effective leader. They can also illuminate any areas that don’t come as naturally for you. The goal of this kind of self-discovery is to gain an honest representation of what development you might need; assessments can fast track this learning.

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Continuous Improvement Mindset: Getting 1% Better Every Day

By Melissa Eisler |

Meaningful and sustainable change takes time and is created by making tiny shifts over time. Patience, discipline, and a mindset for continuous improvement are necessary to grow and develop as humans.

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personal board of directors

Your Personal Board of Directors

By Melissa Eisler |

When you are a leader, it can be difficult to get candid feedback from those who work for you, which is where the concept of a personal board of directors is helpful. A personal board is a group of individuals that can help you make sound decisions, give you advice and feedback, challenge your assumptions, brainstorm ideas, and generally expand your thinking. Who do you want on your personal board?

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routine reflection

Routine Reflection as a Leadership Development Tool

By Melissa Eisler |

Self-awareness is the foundation for growing as a leader. Building a self-reflection plan is one way to not only develop greater self-awareness, but also to help you focus on the aspects of your leadership you need to grow, based on your unique goals. Keep reading to learn about a framework and example plan for routine reflection.

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Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

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4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

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Goal-setting exercise

Goal-Setting Exercise: Reflect and Plan for Next Year’s Success

By Melissa Eisler |

At the end of each year, I always take some time to reflect on the past year and design what I want the next year to look like. In this article, I outline the steps I take for my goal-setting exercise, and how you can use the same steps to set yourself up for a successful year ahead.

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Strategic boundaries

How to Create Healthy and Strategic Boundaries

By Melissa Eisler |

We all have the same 24 hours in each day. You must use your time wisely – in a way that meets your strategic initiatives at work and your personal goals simultaneously. Creating and communicating strategic boundaries is the best way to focus your time and resources on the high-impact, mission-critical efforts and activities that matter to you most.

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self-awareness

10 Steps to Develop Self-Awareness – the Most Critical Leadership Competency

By Melissa Eisler |

Self-awareness is the cornerstone to strong leadership. If you are a leader, you must be aware of where you fall short if you are to close the gap between where you are and where your organization needs you to be. Because you cannot fix a problem you are unaware of, you have to be proactive about discovering your blind spots. Here are 10 ways to gain a more complete picture of who you are as a leader.

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surprising benefits of imposter syndrome

5 Surprising Benefits of Imposter Syndrome

By Melissa Eisler |

While feeling like a fraud is a common problem for high achievers, new research suggests there are some surprising benefits to imposter syndrome, or rather, to imposter thoughts. Here are the notable benefits, as well as some strategies you can take to strike the right balance between confidence and humility.

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Building a Better 2021: Goal-Setting for Uncertain Times

By Melissa Eisler |

If 2020 taught us one thing, it is to slow down and focus on what matters most. Before setting any New Year’s resolutions, goals, or intentions, take some time to reflect on lessons learned from 2020, and use them to plan your year ahead.

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Reduce the Noise: 8 Ways to Be More Intentional with Your Attention

By Melissa Eisler |

How would it feel to create discipline in your life that enables your time and attention to be fiercely loyal to what’s most important to you? Let’s explore screen/life balance, focusing on long-term over short-term goals, setting boundaries, winning against temptation, and other ways to be more intentional with your attention.

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Melissa is the founder and executive coach at Wide Lens Leadership and a Partner at Evolution. As an ICF Certified Executive Coach with a Master's degree in organizational leadership, Melissa has coached hundreds of leaders ranging from C-suite to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. Her work focuses on helping high-performing senior leaders and their teams magnify impact by building trust, collaboration, accountability, and healthy communication skills.

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