Delivering high quality work without overdosing on perfection is a tough balancing act that many business professionals struggle to maintain. This is particularly true when managing direct reports or working with peers. The bright side of striving for perfection is high standards and delivering impeccable work which is seen as a hallmark of success. The dark side […]
There are many practical reasons for hiring an executive coach. According to the 10th annual Sherpa executive coaching survey, the main reason for working with a coach has shifted from addressing a specific problem to proactive leadership development. The study also confirmed that an executive coach provides the greatest value in helping leaders effectively manage […]
Successful leaders will demand perfection from themselves and their team. When does the quest for perfection inhibit a team’s productivity?
A writer for a professional services association recently asked me this question, “What are the core competencies of a leader today?” Answering this question can have many different layers and vary based on the industry and the needs of the organization. That being said, these five leadership and management competencies are essential for all managers […]
Left unchecked a stressful, pressured filled situation can bring out one's "bad boss". What's the alternative?
Is empathy as a leadership value, valued? This is a question I was recently asked by a client. It's one of their values but they aren't sure it translates to leadership. I believe it does. Warmth is present in how you speak to others, listen to others, interact with others and engage with others.
Introverts vs. Extroverts. Who's happier? Would more be gained by celebrating what each has to offer? There is significant advantage to leveraging the gifts that each possess.
After less than two years at the helm of JC Penney, Ron Johnson is out. There are many factors that contribute to his demise. As a leadership coach and marketer, what strike me are the effects of ambition and ego.
One of the workshops I conduct teaches basic coaching skills for business professionals. I think people would be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is an unintended consequence of using basic coaching skills they can make you more charismatic.
Listen. You might learn something. We talk with enthusiasm and passion but we listen begrudgingly. This starts from a young age and as we progress in our professional careers there is even greater emphasis placed on talking. What does it mean to listen with intent?
Who is the reluctant leader? The individual with very strong functional expertise and based on his or her ability rises through the ranks to a leadership position. They are in this position and the expectation is that they will be proficient leaders and managers. Unfortunately, most aren’t prepared.
Athletes have always been a source of inspiration. And professional tennis players are no exception. Watching them perform at the highest level and battle it out like warriors, I realize there are a few lessons they can teach us about leadership.
I hope so. But I have to be honest, it seems as though the two are constantly pitted at odds with each other. Leaders don’t think they have time for kindness. It’s viewed as a luxury or worse yet, not important. For some reason, people believe that to be a successful leader one must not […]
You’ve finally made it to that coveted level of manager. This is the promotion you’ve been vying for and now it’s a reality. You get to manage someone BUT are you ready. For most first time managers, who are 5-10 years into their career, you haven’t been exposed to leadership or coaching training. Instead you are left to […]