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9 Ways to Listen That Will Help You Become a Better Leader

September 11, 2018 by Leave a Comment

I recently began my 23rd year making a living as an executive coach. My stated goal with each client is to help them get better results by becoming a better leader. I ply my “trade” by listening deeply to what they have to say to ensure I understand their challenges.  I assist them by opening their eyes to different perspectives, theories and performance models. They select their own course of action. Whether you're a coach, co-worker, teammate or spouse, here are some key steps for helping connect with others to assist them in ... Continue Reading

The Most Important Development Question for Any Leader

July 24, 2018 by Leave a Comment

Jack Welch is the former CEO of General Electric and is respected widely not only for his stewardship of this preeminent company but also for his consistent support for the development of leaders at GE and in business in general. I saw a recent article about him in Business Insider where he mentions the following: Over the past 15 years, I've held Q&A sessions with over a million people at more than a thousand events around the world. In all but a handful of these events, people bring up their bosses – and vent about them. This ... Continue Reading

What is Executive Presence and How Do I Get Some?

June 12, 2018 by 4 Comments

Years ago, I had a thirtysomething client who was promoted to a very important and influential role. She had a fantastic work ethic, was well-versed in her area of specialty, managed external relationships well for the firm and remains genuinely a very nice person. Part of my coaching with her in this new role was to help her figure out how to be more successful. She had all the attributes to continue to progress in her career except for one behavior that was mentioned in my 360° interviews. Although she knew her stuff, there was roo... Continue Reading

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Meeting Management: 8 Questions to Guarantee a Productive Meeting

May 29, 2018 by Leave a Comment

Many of the senior leaders that I serve consistently complain about the volume of meetings they are asked to attend on a regular basis. For many, a day can be consumed by one meeting after the other so that there is actually very little time for their real work. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of work that goes on in meetings and they do have the potential to be very valuable sources for organizational accomplishment. I often observe my clients in meeting settings to provide them some feedback on their leadership and communi... Continue Reading

4 Steps to Help You Let Go of the Past

May 17, 2018 by 1 Comment

Marshall Goldsmith is perhaps the preeminent executive coach in America. A key part of his Stakeholder Centered Coaching model, which I now use, requires the client to identify one key goal that could have the greatest potential on that executive’s performance and to solicit feedback on their progress on a monthly basis. This model has proven to be incredibly effective in changing behavior. A key element of the model requires the client to ask the stakeholders if they are willing to participate in the process. The first thing the model... Continue Reading

Where Everyone Is Above Average

May 1, 2018 by 2 Comments

One of my favorite shows used to be the radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. The show centered on a fictional Minnesota town called Lake Wobegon. The motto of the town was "where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." That was said tongue-in-cheek, but did you realize that studies have indicated that 80% of drivers believe that they are above average in terms of their driving skills? How could a vast majority of drivers think they are above average? The Dunning–Kruger Effect I... Continue Reading

Developing Resilience in the Workplace

April 11, 2018 by Leave a Comment

I was reading in LinkedIn recently and saw an ad for a Business Resiliency and Crisis Management Consultant for a large healthcare provider.  It discussed enterprise resiliency policies and resiliency strategies for the ORGANIZATION and  required a certification and standards. A couple of years back I read an article in the New Yorker Magazine, "How People Learn to Become Resilient", by Maria Konnikova, and it made me think of a client company who I've worked with for 15 years that is currently in its third year of a merger process, now wi... Continue Reading

Company Culture: Will We Know It When We See It?

February 21, 2018 by 2 Comments

When companies are interviewing, the better ones not only attempt to ensure that the candidates have the requisite skills for the job, but more importantly, attempt to determine if they would be a good "fit" for the company culture. This issue of "cultural fit" is also very important for the candidate, but what is really meant by the culture of the workplace? Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, sought to answer this in a New York Times article. In this article, he st... Continue Reading

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