Alida's Blog - ZM Coach

I get your world and I want to help you win at work.

I get your world and I want to help you win at work.

Every month, I dive deep to share insights and action steps that will shift your perspective and renew your faith in what’s possible. Receive these directly in your inbox by subscribing here.

Sometimes, a few simple practices are all it takes to produce profound change.

Leadership development in the gig economy

I had a call the other day with someone who was struggling with her transition to a management role. She had been an amazing individual contributor for a few years, and had earned the bonuses and recognition that went along with that. She was hard working, loyal and...

leading your team out of conflict

When we’re in conflict with someone, our view of them can become distorted. Rather than seeing them as a whole person who has some strengths and some weaknesses, our view narrows down. They become a caricature to us, with certain unflattering features highlighted and...

stressed out?

The stress of the Coronavirus quarantine is starting to cause a lot of stress and strain. My clients are noticing that it’s having an impact on how people work together. There’s more tension, stress, butting heads, and impatience with one another. One of the most...

go at your own pace

In my last blog, I talked about leaning into the challenge of leading right now. I said that this is one of the best times to explore new ways of working, to set yourself up for what comes next. Today I want to revisit that, but with an eye on how you pace that work....

What will you say?

At some point we will emerge from quarantine and move into whatever work will look like going forward. When that time comes, the question is bound to come up, whether it’s in a job interview or a performance review. “Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal...

Every month, I dive deep to share insights and action steps that will shift your perspective and renew your faith in what’s possible. Receive these directly in your inbox by subscribing here.

An Antidote to Fatigue in Uncertain Times

As you’re adjusting to the new reality in the coronavirus situation, you may be feeling some fatigue. That’s natural. Living in uncertainty, taking in new circumstances each day, worrying about loved ones, and the future – these things all take their toll. As a...

Taking up Leadership During Times of Uncertainty

Leading a team during a period of uncertainty is always a challenge.  If you are new to your role, it’s even more so. You may still be getting a feel for your new responsibilities, and on your team, people may not know how to trust you yet. Here are some ideas to...

I thought roller coasters were supposed to be fun…

In response to my recent piece about work being like a spinning merry-go-round, a former neighbor and friend pointed out that another all-too-familiar metaphor for work these days is the roller coaster. He’s in the oil and gas industry, where ongoing uncertainty in...

I thought roller coasters were supposed to be fun…

Is life in your company like riding a giant roller coaster? Some days, it’s fun and exciting. Other days, you’re being thrown around in gut-wrenching twists and turns, that leave you feeling anxious and insecure. In this video, we’ll look at three strategies you can...

Is work spinning out of control?

When I was a kid, playgrounds had these merry-go-rounds on them. They weren’t carousels with the jumping horses and music that were found at the county fair. They were simple, kid-powered, spinning group toys. There were bars along the edge that you would hold onto as...

When work/life balance feels like a no-win situation

It’s 4 pm on a Tuesday and you promised your kid you’d be at their game this afternoon. You need to leave soon if you’re going to make it on time, but there’s this report that also has to get out the door, and your last meeting ran over. You’re sweating bullets,...