Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mentoring: Are There Do’s and Don’ts?

As I’ve discussed in my previous blog posts here, here, and here, mentoring can take many forms, but your goal is to find the right kind of advice, from the right person, at the right time. Contributing editor Amy Gallo offers the following guidelines in her Harvard Business Review article, “Demystifying Mentoring,” from February 2011: […]
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Mentoring: 4 Misconceptions about the Relationship

In the last decade, the concept of mentoring has changed, but the need for career counseling has not. In fact, mentoring is more important than ever because most careers take numerous twists and turns in a rapidly evolving world. In “Demystifying Mentoring,” a February 2011 Harvard Business Review blog post, Contributing Editor Amy Gallo identifies four […]
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Mentoring Vs. Coaching: Is There a Difference?

At its most basic level, mentoring is the simple act of helping someone learn. But the relationship between the helper and “helpee” changes significantly when performed as a learning partnership. Today’s competitive organizations need “learning entrepreneurs,” whose curiosity is valued over conformity. “Mentoring magic cannot be a solo performance. It is not a one-way, master-to-novice […]
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Mentoring: Really Good Reasons to Start It

When people think of mentoring, they often associate it with an older executive who counsels a promising newbie. The senior leader advises the junior employee on his career, navigating office politics and what’s needed to get ahead. But mentoring has dramatically changed over the last few decades. “Mentors focus on the qualities of wisdom and […]
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More Power Questions for Smart Executives

Here are some more of my favorite power questions that executives can use to help motivate and influence their people. In Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others (Wiley, 2012), consultants Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas present more than 200 significant questions, along with stories about how to use them. Out of […]
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3 Power Questions for Great Conversations

Many smart executives are great at giving answers. They get interviewed and give speeches frequently enough. But asking powerful questions is a skill worth developing. In the work I do coaching executives, we work on raising their curiosity and skills for asking the right questions. In Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence […]
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Power Questions: Better Conversations

Asking power questions may be the most important, yet least developed, skill for personal and professional success. In the work I do coaching executives, we discuss how they are using questions. You’d be surprised at how many smart leaders are great at giving answers, but fall short on asking questions. One popular belief holds that […]
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How to Avoid Leadership Decision Errors

What can smart leaders do to avoid making decisions errors that lead to business and career bloopers? You can start by reading Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath as well as Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Working with an executive coach can raise your level of awareness about your own thinking. For example, […]
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Leadership Decisions: Fast and Slow Thinking

If you haven’t read this great book on leadership decision making, I suggest you do: Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman writes in Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011): My intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy as it was before I made a study of […]
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