Leadership Development and Coaching

5
Feb

When Did You Know You Wanted to Be a Leader?

I recently asked this question of a very successful leader, “when did you know you wanted to be a leader”? Her response was, without hesitation, “when I was five. My friends told me I was bossy – I knew what we were going to do and just started organizing the other kids to get it done – that was an

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10
Jan

Everything Happens In-between

“The meeting of two individuals is like the contact of two chemical substances, if there is a reaction, both are transformed” C. J. Jung Over the past 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people in some incredible companies. As I reflect on my work and personal experiences I believe the most essential ingredient to success

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5
Sep

The I/We Ratio: Listen Carefully

I’m often amazed and almost always disappointed when I hear leaders speak with a vocabulary peppered by more than its fair share of I/Me/My. What I’m really listening for, are leaders who speak using the words We/They/Our. If you hear a leader who uses those phrases, my experience suggests you will also find a highly effective individual, being rewarded with an above

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1
Aug

Being ‘On Purpose’

There is lots of recent management literature about purpose and creating meaning in life. The old adage is ‘do what you love and the rest will come’. In the chatter, we often see the soundbites, but not the substance. As Executive Coaches, we spend time with Clients deeply understanding how clear Executives are on their purpose. There are normally 5 reasons

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26
May

Leadership in a Disruptive World

It’s been frequently noted that the Chinese symbol for crisis is composed of two components; one represents danger and the other opportunity. In today’s highly disrupted world can there be no more appropriate symbol of our times? To paraphrase the great Charles Dickens, the modern business environment might best be characterized as “it was the best of times, it was

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12
Apr

The Coming Technological Disruption and What to Do

A convergence of advancements will cause extensive disruption to business-as-usual; no industry will be spared the effects of what is coming; and, what is coming, is coming fast. “The train has already left the station.” This was the reply to my point that 40% employment attrition from rapid technological advancements would cause upheaval greater than the Industrial Revolution ushered into

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9
Apr

Are You Humble Enough To Lead

We have all been in those meetings, with those people who have the ‘data point’ nobody else has, those individuals that have prepared the answers to 100 questions in case 2 are asked. The ‘knowledge is power’ meetings”. This type of culture results in inherently political and self-serving behavior unless the knowledge is harnessed for the benefit of creating a high performing

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16
Feb

Think You Are Good at Delegating? Take this Quiz

If you Google “Why is delegation important?” you will get over 11 million hits.  Everyone knows that delegation is important. Delegating is a great way of encouraging your team members to develop themselves and for you to develop coaching and mentoring skills.  Delegation enhances the empowerment of employees. It is critical to the success of any leader and any organization.

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6
Jul

What is Your “Go-To” Conflict Mode?

I recently worked with a leadership team who was striving to improve their collaboration.  They had a consistent pattern of decision-making that did not encourage or even allow for collaboration on crucial business imperatives.  Many thought that this pattern was a result of the work/pressure/stress they were under.  This was only partially true. There are some key ingredients required to

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19
Apr

HR Influencers Workshop

We launched what I think is an exciting two-day program for HR Business Partners called the HR Influencers Workshop. After speaking with a number of colleagues, reading many additional articles on the changing role of HR, it became clear that there was an opportunity to provide practical and powerful support for mid-level HR talent. Many in these roles are finding

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