Monthly Archives: May 2012

Success: 4 Tips for Busy Leaders

I’m following up on my previous post on what makes leaders successful with four goal setting tips from the book Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson. These nine strategies are based on decades of research on the key factors that influence performance. They are relatively straightforward and easy to apply, but […]
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Leadership Success: Are There Any Real Secrets?

Why do some leaders succeed and others stumble along? Over the years, in my experience coaching various people, I’ve often asked myself that question. How do successful leaders set the stage for the next promotion, highest sales, most votes or stellar performance? (Photo credit FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Does leadership success take: A high IQ? Personality? Good looks? […]
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Coaching Conversations Challenge Your Thinking

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. ~ Bertrand Russell Many employees are highly capable individuals who want to work—and be—smarter. They’re crying out for help. I hear about it all the time in the coaching work I do. It’s up to their leaders […]
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Leadership Challenges: Pause and Reset

Most professional athletes have days off between matches or tournaments. Some sports have off seasons. But in your career, except for vacation weeks, you’re expected to be in tournament-form every day, eight to 12 hours a day. It’s no wonder so many leaders are tired and stressed out. It’s a big leadership challenge. If only […]
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Leadership Discussions: Slow Down

Have you ever found yourself in a discussion in which you’ve been pushing hard and suddenly suspect you might be wrong? It’s hard to back out, isn’t it? It’s easy to get caught up in winning even though you may not be right. (Photo: Freedigitalphotos.net) Momentum is hard to resist. Someone makes a harsh statement, […]
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How Well Do You Listen?

How well do you listen? One of the biggest challenges leaders have is to listen well. There’s just so much on their minds it’s hard to be fully present. Yet if one doesn’t hear well, nothing can create bigger problems. (Photo by Danilo Rizzuti) Here’s an exercise to try to find out how well you […]
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Leaders Lack Succinct Language

Having poor conversational skills is the root cause of many misunderstandings at work. It leads to wasted time in meetings, and contributes to disengagement. I see this in workplaces: leaders don’t say what they mean, or they embellish; they don’t get to their point clearly. It’s one of the reasons managers avoid difficult performance reviews […]
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Why Leaders Should NOT Give Good Advice

When’s the last time you gave someone really good advice only to have the person leave and go do something else? This happens all the time to leaders, managers, coaches, parents, and friends. There’s a problem with advice-giving. Chinese proverb:  “Ideas are like children.  We love our own the best.” Why is this true? Our […]
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Leadership Challenges: Changing the Way People Think

We can change the way we think. In fact, it’s not as hard as most of us assume. Changing a habit is hard, and there are many reasons for that. Mainly, the brain creates routines in order to conserve energy, so once a habit is established, it becomes embedded in our brain’s neural circuits. A […]
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Daydreaming Leads to Creative Insights

Apparently daydreaming and relaxation are key to finding creative insights to business problems. Think about that the next time you find yourself —or your employees — staring off into space. Jonathan Schooler, a UC Santa Barbara psychologist who studies insight, has been able to demonstrate that people who consistently engage in more daydreaming score significantly […]
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