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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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Silence in Communications: 5 Reasons Why Silence Makes You a More Powerful Communicator

January 23, 2018 by 1 Comment

The more a man speaks, the less he is understood. - Abraham Lincoln The other day I ran into a fellow who is the reluctant president of a board that I'm on. He's an accomplished individual but rather quiet and reserved by nature. I don't think he enjoys his leadership role but I used this chance encounter to ask again about a pending issue for the board to resolve. I calmly stated my position, asking for time for us to consider this thorny issue. He did not respond and the "deer in the headlights" look on his face made me want to... Continue Reading

The Benefits of Gratitude

November 21, 2017 by 2 Comments

Since Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks, it was very predictable that I saw quite a few articles and posts about the importance of expressing gratitude. One author talked about the benefits of doing a "gratitude journal", and how it made him connect better to all the wonderful people, places, and things he had experienced. Another article contained this very interesting summary of the benefits of gratitude, by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center: If [thankfulness]... Continue Reading