Never Say This In Public

If you watch, read or listen to the news these days, you know that people are being vilified (sometimes rightly so and sometimes blown way out of context) for saying something out loud. It actually made the news when a US political candidate asked how to eat fried...

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Why We Go After Things We Don’t Want or Need

Occasionally, a coaching client is adamant about pursuing some acquisition or result that seems to make no sense given who they are or where they say they want to go in life. It's useful to take the case that at some level, all of those decisions make sense against...

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Finding Powerful & Inspiring Leaders

Where can I find powerful and inspiring leaders for our team? While technical skills, experience and culture fit are all critical, what's important for most business teams today is that the leader must be able to inspire others to take action. This leader does not...

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How the Way You Talk…

Frequently I get questions from my coaching clients regarding feedback they've gotten about how the way they talk at work impacts those around them: The CEO tells me my work is great, but I need to change the way I talk about personal matters (like politics or life)...

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Structural Integrity for Leaders

I get asked (a lot) "what is the most important skill or quality for a leader?" My answer is always the same. Even after more than 25 years of observing and working with leaders, I can say with certainty that this one skill, practice, habit, behavior or quality (it is...

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The Impact of Leaders’ Personal Values

When and how should personal or social values influence the decisions of business leaders? Personal and social values are always going to influence the decisions of business leaders. They are humans. That doesn’t mean that their personal and social values have...

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Why Should Leaders Look to Entrepreneurs for Success?

From my Q & A stash: Why it is necessary to compare one's personal characteristics, attributes, lifestyles, skills and traits to the those of a successful entrepreneur? It isn’t necessary, but it can be useful. Every goal that we set out to reach is most...

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Acceptance

As a leader, how do I learn to accept other people's points of view more gracefully?  I get cranky when others don't get it. Regardless of whether you are a leader or not, accepting other's points of view is a human activity that each of us can do - and, in my view,...

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