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All posts by Steffan Surdek

I am a leadership development coach, corporate trainer, professional speaker and author. I believe in contributing to a greater cause, making a difference and adding value. Feel free to reach out, I would love to hear about the leadership challenges in your organization!

Two Paths

Valuable leadership lessons that made me a grateful entrepreneur

Over two years ago, I reached a point where I was experiencing borderline burnout for several months. I was the director of the Pyxis Technologies consulting team and I was struggling to balance training sessions, clients, business development and other...

/ April 10, 2017
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Interesting ways people grant permission to lead in organizations

I wrote this article a few years ago after doing an interview on a cable tv show about my article called “And what if leadership was a permission“. I originally wrote it in French and never translated it before. I felt...

/ April 3, 2017
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How To Engage Your Team By Using The Right Language

Leaders and managers don’t always realize the impact of their language when talking with their teams. You can do many things with language, from empowering people to generating new possibilities. However, language can also create disengagement and dissent when wielded ineffectively. Language has...

/ March 27, 2017
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Amazing things happen when you parent with your heart

My family went through a difficult and sad experience for all of us in mid-December. We finally had to put to rest our nineteen year old cat Simba who’s been sick for the last year or so. I would ask...

/ March 20, 2017
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The real cost of conversational debt

I invest a lot of time learning to have the right and sometimes difficult conversations with members of my consulting team. This is important to me because every day, I see the challenges my clients face when they are unable to...

/ March 13, 2017
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What do you demand of yourself?

One of the interesting and challenging things for me with the Pyxis Cultures team is how often my colleagues remind me to be kinder to myself as a person and as a leader. They do this for me in subtle...

/ March 6, 2017
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Why do leaders have this constant need for quick results?

I work with clients of different shapes and sizes but one of the things that fascinates me is how much impatience I see from managers and people above them around the speed of change. What fascinates me even more is...

/ February 25, 2017
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Why using more perspectives will make you a better leader

In one of the management courses I deliver, as well as with the clients I coach, one of my favorite topics to cover is understanding perspectives. Participants often tell me this topic is one of their key takeaways. For me,...

/ January 16, 2017
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Why Leaders Need To Get More Co-Creative

Over the last few years of working with clients, it’s become clear to me that many leaders have difficulty co-creating with their teams. According to the annual Gallup poll, over 70% of the American workplace is disengaged. That is both...

/ January 8, 2017
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How learning by doing speeds up learning

In many companies, the focus on results creates environments where employees believe they cannot take time to learn something new or try something different to become more efficient. This belief also exists within organizations adopting Lean and Agile practices, even...

/ December 28, 2016