Monthly Archives: September 2010

Are You Really Ready for Coaching?

You may think you’d like to have an executive coach for several reasons. Perhaps your friends and colleagues are experiencing positive results. It is also viewed as a fast-track fad: All up-and-coming leaders seem to have their own executive coaches. How you view coaching—as a sign of prestige versus a strategic need—will influence the results. […]
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9 Career Turning Points When You Need a Coach

Most of the managers I work with are too busy to take the time to reflect. Leadership and personal development and career management gets left until last. When’s the last time you sat back in your chair at work and wondered what to do next? Not likely to happen, is it? The world of work […]
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Executive Coaching: How NOT to Measure Success

What makes a coaching experience successful? I know many executives who rave about their coach, and just as many who don’t admit to having one, …and a few who wish they hadn’t had the experience. Although that’s rare,  some managers have told me their coach wasn’t a good fit, and they don’t feel it was […]
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Executive Coaching: Get Started on the Right Foot

What’s the best way to start an executive coaching relationship? How do you start with a coach, set your goals, and measure results? When I’m working with managers, we have fairly long discussions in the beginning before ever contracting to work together. If you start executive coaching on the wrong foot, you can waste time […]
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Executive Coaching for Change: 5 Ground Rules

How does executive coaching work to bring about lasting change that benefits the person being coached, the organization, and team members? There’s a bit of mystery about what goes on in executive coaching sessions. I get asked questions all the time about how it works. And, trust me, coaching works, but since real change is […]
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Executive Coaching: Conversations for Change

Successful executives – the ones that get promoted more often – are adept at managing others’ perceptions of them. Many of them learn to do this through coaching conversations. Perception management is tricky. On the one hand, who has time to worry about what others might think? On the other, it matters tremendously if you […]
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Executive Charisma: Got “It” or Get It…

How do you acquire leadership charisma? Some executives seem to have “it,” others don’t. Call it leadership charisma, magnetism, big personality, charm… the “wow” factor… it’s all those intangible qualities that make someone stand out and be easily remembered. When it comes to executives, I’ve met some who seem to ooze smarts, authority and trustworthiness, […]
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Leadership Talk: Charisma Does Matter

Here’s another myth about what makes a good leader: Charisma doesn’t matter We’re taught that charisma shouldn’t matter. Leaders are not supposed to be movie stars or royalty, and their authority shouldn’t be influenced by good looks and charm. Rather, it should be based on authentic credibility. In reality, highly effective leaders often display great […]
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Leadership Talk: 4 Ways to Use Political Savvy

The use of office politics by leaders in organizations to get things done is not something taught in MBA courses. It’s naive to suggest that office politics are destructive and unethical. If you define politics in such a narrow way, you overlook the value of political awareness and skill. There’s no doubt that it has […]
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Leadership Talk: What’s not being said

Let’s get real about what leading people in organization is really like. Let’s be truthful and open about what goes on in the inner and upper offices… Political gamesmanship is here to stay. It’s a stable part of leadership practices. Can we handle reality? Or are we like Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good […]
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