Terri Hughes Blog

Leading with Appreciation

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A talented CEO recently brought up the subject of appreciation in one of our coaching sessions.  He discussed the importance of feeling appreciated and appreciating others.  He reminded me of the importance of specific words and their meanings.  It’s not often that I hear an executive leader talk about appreciation.  They usually speak of recognition or thanking their people, but rarely appreciating them.  It’s one thing to thank employees and quite another to appreciate them.  Appreciation is so much more expansive and meaningful.  It takes greater thought and intention.

As this CEO discussed the importance of appreciation, I found myself reflecting on appreciation in many ways.  Probably like many of you, I kept a file for years with notes from bosses or peers about various things they appreciated about something I did or said.  The notes were usually very descriptive and heartfelt, and I kept them all.  They went well beyond a simple ‘thank you’ or ‘good job’.  This CEO is quite clear that appreciation is foundational to creating a happy and fulfilling personal and work life.   And he is right.  It’s something we can all do well if we’re willing to look for opportunities to appreciate others.  

My New Book...SImple Shifts

Posted on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I'm excited to announce the release of my new book - Simple Shifts:  Effective Leadership Changes Everything.  My goal with this book was to emphasize the important, common challenges facing leaders, and how to overcome these challenges to become more successful.   

Celebrate Simple Shifts

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Becoming Self Aware

Posted on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I am so energized to see amazing changes and positive results with the leaders I work when they allow themselves to become self-aware.

My clients have been quite diverse over this past year, both in the industries they serve and their leadership levels - from first time managers to CEO’s.  Despite their differences, each discovered that it’s not enough to have great intentions if you’re not clear on how you’re being perceived by those you lead. 

The Leading Cause of Death of an Executive Career is a Lack of Self-Awareness

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How true!  This headline is my new favorite quote that Executive Coach and Author Whit Mitchell declared as he opened his talk to an eager leadership group in Boise this month.  His presentation focused on the basic, important  leadership characteristics that separate the successful leaders from those who are not.  In his new book, Working in Sync: How Eleven Dartmouth Athletes Propelled Their College Sports Experience into Professional Excellence, he highlights the important leadership learnings that his team discovered and have successfully developed in their lives since their graduation in 1986.   It’s a fascinating book full of inspiring stories and words of wisdom from coach Whit.