Leadership Development and Coaching

3
Jun

What Goals Are You Setting For Your Teams?

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” Which business academic said that? Actually it was Oprah Winfrey, who as we know runs a very successful business and has connected successfully with millions. Quoted by Daniel H. Pink in his book, ‘A

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25
May

Who are you Talking To?

I heard a great joke the other day (see inset) and it got me thinking, with all of the challenges we are facing and how lonely it can be at the top, now more than ever, who are you talking to? If the recent world has never faced a Pandemic such as this, and leaders are now being challenged to

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21
May

Finding Keys in Quarantine #2

Finding Keys in Quarantine #2: Energy and Mind Storms Last week, I began sharing some insights that I have been learning from my time in quarantine that might resonate with others. Most of these insights have always been in me, however, like finally finding lost keys, when you have been looking for ages, it is only when you slow down

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4
May

Amplification in a Crisis

Bad to Terrible or Good to Great? I learned a great term the other day, have you heard of the “Amplification Principle”?  If you haven’t heard of it yet, I’m sure that you have experienced it in recent weeks. This principle refers to the notion that management skills are amplified in virtual space: a good manager looks excellent in a virtual

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1
May

Finding Keys in Quarantine #1

Finding Keys in Quarantine #1: From ‘Wonk to Work’ As we enter week six of the quarantine, I began thinking about a couple of key insights that I have learned that might resonate with others. Most of these insights have always been in me, however, like finally finding lost keys when you have been looking for ages, it is only

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8
Apr

How Are You Coaching With AWE?

Things are uncertain, things are moving fast, and things are changing quickly. The environment is ambiguous and the future is less certain. There is pressure on you as a leader to ‘really lead’ and to have answers. What if you don’t have the answers, but you can help your teams toward a solution through Coaching? First of all, are you

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1
Apr

During Crisis, Focus on ‘What is’ versus ‘What if’

There are always people and businesses who emerge as leaders instead of victims during crisis. Which will you be when you look back on Covid19 at the end of the year? I received some excellent advice recently from my Psychologist wife about the need to focus on what you can control when everything around you seems increasingly uncertain, and decidedly

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10
Feb

Elements of Good Judgement

If you haven’t read HBR’s recent article “Elements of Good Judgement” it has some great insights. Over decades of working with Leaders as an Executive Coach, I have found the best ones do them intuitively, having learned the techniques in a Coaching or Mentoring environment.  Such as… Smart Leaders demand quality rather than quantity in what gets to them. People

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7
Mar

Building Our Agile Mindset – Growing Our Coaching Skills

Like many of you, Agile has become a hot topic for both ourselves and our clients. Organizations are seeking to reap the quoted benefits of increased collaboration, accelerated speed to market, improved quality, reduced risk, and enhanced transparency, to name a few. There is great value in an Agile approach. At L9, we believe the greatest value of Agile comes

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19
Feb

Recurrent Discovery – A Leadership Story

How many leadership assessments have you completed?  Have you taken MBTI?  Kolbe? Insights? DISC? (I could go on and on).  There are a plethora of leadership instruments that exist to help us better understand ourselves. As a leadership development professional and executive coach, I have used many of these tools with my clients, as well as on myself. Pattern of

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