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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 2 Comments

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

It is wonderful time of year for giving and receiving and we at Executive Coaching Concepts would like to reinforce how wonderful it has been to have developed relationships with each of you and to benefit from the connections we have made and the opportunity to have been of service over the years. This Holiday season I would like to focus on the  importance of expressing gratitude. One author I reviewed talked about the benefits of doing a "gratitude journal", and how it made him connect better to all the wonderful people, places, and things... Continue Reading

Where Do You Get Your Organizational Power?

November 8, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I was recently discussing a sensitive issue with a client regarding a senior member of his leadership team. The approach my client decided to take was both clever and empathic and avoided straining any relationships along the way. I mentioned to him that I thought he had excellent political sensibilities and he responded by saying that he never wanted to be regarded as a corporate politician. I said that all politics are not necessarily negative but are the responses to different types of influence within an organization. I explained tha... Continue Reading

“Hate” A Colleague’s Idea? 4 Ways to Keep Your Attitude in Check

October 12, 2017 by 2 Comments

I was at an interfaith service recently and a Muslim cleric stated the following: While it feels good to hate what we believe is bad, what is really bad is the hating mind. I thought a lot about that. In today’s politics - national, state, and local - we see a lot of effort to demonize or delegitimize the other side and their perspectives – “hate” from the opposition. We see this play out on the national stage daily and that negativity is very corrosive - oftentimes I simply have to turn off the TV. But when we “hate” (o... Continue Reading

What I Told the CEO of a $10B Company about Productivity

September 28, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I met with one of my most admired clients last week and we had an interesting discussion about his efforts to maintain momentum for all the initiatives that he has underway. This is the second company I have worked with "Sam" at and he is currently President and CEO of a firm that is rapidly approaching over $10 billion a year in sales. Sam is bringing on two key staff, has a culture / strategy initiative underway, and has his team negotiating several important acquisitions. I am consistently amazed at the energy Sam brings to his lea... Continue Reading

The Importance of GRIT – My Recent Adventure in the Wild

September 13, 2017 by Leave a Comment

There is an interesting Ted Talk about Grit, which is defined as having the passion and perseverance to invest in a pursuit of longer term results. The presenter is Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Grit requires stamina to stay with a task or cause. We are reminded that life is like a marathon, not a sprint. I thought about this recently when I went on an adventure in the wilds of Wyoming to see the solar eclipse. My brother invited me in January and it sounded like lot of fun so I went all ... Continue Reading

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How to Deconstruct Resistance to Change – 3 Real Life Scenarios

August 17, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I recently gave a speech on the subject of "Delivering Results in an Era of Change" to a group of CEOs that are members of the Association Forum of Chicago. This is a 4000 member organization that serves the large number of associations that are headquartered in the area. The overall theme of the meeting was Construct, Deconstruct and Reconstruct. Over the last several months I have seen that theme repeated with clients and their relationships with peers and subordinates in organizations that can be consistently characterized as undergo... Continue Reading