Category Archives: career

Obsessive Workaholic:
When the Boss Asks for More

It’s true: some businesses encourage obsessive work habits, or overwork, more than others. I’ve seen start-up employees, self-employed professionals and lawyers typically work 60 hours or more a week. It’s no wonder we develop obsessive work habits to the point of becoming workaholics. But what do you do when the boss asks for more? What […]
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From Obsessive Workaholic to Balanced Human Being

Do you feel as if you’re constantly playing catch up? Are fears of falling behind (or pressures to remain competitive) leading to more work hours? You’re not alone: in my work as a coach, my clients tell me they are often like workaholics, working long hours and at home nights and weekends, just to stay […]
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Obsessive Workaholic?
5 Tips for Better Balance

Does your organization (or manager) encourage obsessive work habits? It’s not surprising. Much to the detriment of our health and well-being, many societies encourage, and even celebrate this type of behavior. Being a “workaholic” has become a badge of honor, one that unfortunately describes too many of today’s working people. I’ve been thinking about this […]
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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who Will Persevere?

I’ve been doing some reflecting on the leadership superpower of perseverance. I’ve met some pretty impressive leaders who have persevered against the odds. What makes them really stand out from the rest is their impact, without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding. I’ve also noticed that those […]
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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who is Clark Kent?

Can you identify the Clark Kent with the leadership superpower of perseverance? It shouldn’t be too hard. Persevering leaders stand out from the rest and have a significant impact, usually without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding. Consider Steve Jobs and Lee Iacocca, who had the stamina […]
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Perseverance: The Leadership Superpower

Do you have the leadership superpower of perseverance? Top business leaders agree: life is a constant string of adversities—it’s our new normal. I see the rigors of today’s competitive business climate push even the most seasoned leaders to their limits. No organization is immune to setbacks. Some, however, are ill-suited for it and pay a […]
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The One-on-One Meeting:
Mastering Your Technique

Great leaders have great people skills; they know that how a one-on-one meeting is conducted is just as important as the topics discussed. Perhaps the most important element is clear communication. I wrote about this in my last post. This is a major point John Maxwell expresses consistently in his many books, in particular, The 21 Indispensable […]
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The One-on-One Meeting:
Policy and Preparation

As a leader, is the one-on-one meeting a regular part of your administrative policy? How is it perceived? If one-on-one meetings are not a significant part of your leadership portfolio, they should be (read my previous post, here.) As a welcome component of your leadership process, one-on-one meetings are not a sign of trouble or […]
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The One-on-One Meeting:
Go From Trepidation to Appreciation

Many leaders dread or avoid private, one-on-one meetings because they are viewed as uncontrollable, unpredictable, or risky. They seem to require an almost perfect use of soft skills and techniques, and swing with as much variation as the personalities with whom you’re meeting.
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World’s Best Boss:
Manager AND Leader

Do you have the best blend of manager and leader skills to be called the “World’s Best Boss?” Administrators who cling to a sole management or leadership approach handicap their organizations, and are not likely to be nominated the best boss of anything.
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