Monthly Archives: October 2009

3 Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Ego

I’ve been sharing some thoughts about ego and the role it plays in organizations, bad decisions, and our strengths. The book egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability) by Marcum and Smith presents some interesting thoughts on the subject, including research on the costs of ego in companies. Let’s now look […]
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Four Signs of a Big Ego

Your coworkers and team members are usually aware, much earlier than you’ll ever figure out, that your ego has become overinflated. If you’ve developed some good relationships with trusted colleagues, they’ll let you know. But how can you keep tabs on yourself, before it becomes obvious that you’re crossing the line into overinflated ego? Here […]
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The Costs of Ego

“Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”— David Marcum and Steven Smith in egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability), Fireside, 2007 There’s a significant difference between “big ego” and healthy ambition. Professionals usually start out with big ideas, a strong ego, ambition, talent and […]
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Maintain a Civil Tongue, Repost from Jerry Houston

Thanks to Harvey Mackay and Jerry Houston for these words of wisdom. Rudeness rules the headlines these days — seems we can’t escape it no matter where we go. Crudeness is the norm rather than the exception. Can we even call ourselves a civilized society anymore? From the hallowed halls of Congress to the usually […]
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5 Things That Get In the Way of Coaching

Here are five potential hurdles to developing executives and convincing them to change their behaviors: 1. Lack of authentic feedback: The more authority you have, the less likely you are to seek and receive authentic feedback. You may present an air of confidence and dominance that discourages meaningful interactions. (Photocredit: Shutterstock) 2. Lack of time […]
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The Fullness of Time

“I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.” There is a phrase that is prevalent in older literature that I particularly enjoy. It is “In the fullness of time”. I don’t know specifically what the supposed meaning is, but I have […]
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Doing things different ways differently!

How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? My daughter, Michelle, is a bit of a stickler about how her sheets are folded. It extends to towels as well. Whenever a load of sheets and towels comes out of the laundry, she must be the one to fold them. AND, they must […]
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How NOT to Measure Coaching Success

Working with an executive coach brings many benefits on many levels, both personal and for an organization. But it’s more than a “feel-good” exercise. Measuring the return on investment of hiring a coach is tricky, but not impossible. For example, success isn’t measured by: How well the leader performs with the coach’s help. It must […]
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Can you share?

“I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove […]
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Readiness and the things you know for sure…

“Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.” Several years ago, my first coach suggested I read a book by Tony Schwartz called “What Matters Most”. I remember that I started reading it […]
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