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ImpactBank's the Kickass Koach is hosted by Roxanne "Rox" Bartel. Rox uses stories and tips to support your thinking and exploration as a workplace leader.

Rox is a leadership coach & mentor and Performance Consultant who supports leaders as they move into a new role helping them to navigate the early stages of the opportunity effectively avoiding common mistakes.

As a Performance Consultant, Rox helps organizations assess, create, and sustain engaging workplace cultures that are happy and healthy. Along with a specialized consortium of professionals, we surface opportunities for innovation and growth, helping you build your capacity to leverage your workplace cultures and achieve your desired results.

Mar 5, 2018

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 response signaled they saw it as a "gotcha" moment. No one wants to be misunderstood and I remember feeling a bit self-conscious in the moment. My discomfort cause me to engage in some personal reflection and I learned something as a result. I learned more about myself, what matters to me and about how to accept, even disrespectful reactions, in stride, and leverage them for my own learning.

As leaders you are vulnerable and how you respond to the reactions of others either closes down learning and conversation or opens it up. Being defensive and self-protective reduces the learning. 

This week's Quick Tip: A leader of substance sees a challenge, even rebuke, as an opportunity to reflect and learn.

Next week's WQT (Winter Quick Tip); the Hint: are you feeling the legacy of your predecessor much like a thorn in your side?

Hey while you're here, learn a bit about the new course I've developed called it takes Grit. I've contracted to deliver the basics of this course at a few professional conferences and professional associations in 2017 and 2018 and I plan to deliver the course in both classroom environments and on-line starting in late 2018.

Connect with me on LI and send me your questions or add a comment to one of my posts - here's my LINKEDIN PROFILE  

How can I help you on-board your middle or senior leaders more successfully?

ON YOUR MARK...™ is ImpactBank's signature system for leaders in transition. 

Whether it's about systems or leadership skills, my mission is to help senior leaders make their workplace more productive, inclusive and innovative.

My Passion Initiative: to eradicate violence against women and girls in Canada is zeroing in starting Fall 2017 to improve gender-based conversations in the workplace.

When Google fired James Damore, they may have missed a great opportunity to have a constructive and meaningful conversation. Maybe if we start listening to each other we will find more common ground and work through the conflicts that are tearing us apart.

The regular public #RRTs  concluded this month but it's not over. Learn more about what we've been doing HERE. AND join our mailing list  HERE and you will receive an update on our organizational RTs in a few months and details about any future public engagements.

In the meantime, if you know a workplace that is ready and courageous enough to invite their people to engage in meaningful conversations, introduce us.