Category Archives: executive coaching

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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Overturn Negativity:
Observe and Assess

Negativity affects everything and everyone. Negative thinking can be a pervasive handicap, but as I shared in my last post, it is possible to overturn negativity.
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Giving Leaders:
The Hidden Strength

Is there a hidden strength in giving leaders? I’ve been writing about the paradox of leadership give and take. Within this paradox, the majority of employees see their bosses fitting the mold of the “takers,” putting their needs first and working their way up the corporate ladder effectively. Conversely, “givers,” who put their needs last, […]
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Unlock Your Potential with a Shift in Mindset

Do you ever wonder why some very smart people don’t live up to their potential? Maybe you even include yourself in this category. Some scientists propose that underachieving may come down to mindset. Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone,” says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of […]
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Lack of Self Confidence: What’s Stopping You?

No one—not even the most outwardly self-assured leader—is immune from periods of self-doubt and lack of self confidence. In fact, sometimes doubt can be healthy when it acts as an internal check. People with healthy self confidence are more adept at managing their inner experiences and better at learning from mistakes and failures. Their self […]
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Narcissistic Leadership or Visionary?

There’s a case to be made for narcissistic CEOs who can lead companies to greatness, inspire followers and achieve game-changing solutions in our rapidly changing world. “It is narcissistic leaders who take us to places we’ve never been before, who innovate, who build empires out of nothing.” ~ Michael Maccoby, Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and […]
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The Emotion We Won’t Admit:
Boredom at Work

Even though you may have a great job, you can still experience boredom at work. Who hasn’t been sitting at the computer when a restless feeling starts gnawing away and thoughts meander anywhere but on the task required? “Boredom is an aversive state characterized by dissatisfaction, restlessness, and weariness,” Andreas Elpidorou, a University of Louisville […]
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Do We Really Understand
Effective Leadership?

Do we really understand effective leadership and how to develop it for business results? If organizations want to grow leaders to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and chaotic marketplace, they need to know which leadership behaviors and mindset contributes most to leadership effectiveness. From what I see in businesses today, many executives feel […]
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Leadership Development:
From Catalyst to Co-Creator

So far, in reading authors William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs in Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change, I’ve written about the Expert, the Achiever, and the Catalyst levels of leadership development. With each progressive level, a leader develops more awareness of the thoughts, feelings and assumptions that drive […]
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Coaching Conversations:
How Managers Explore the Desired Outcome

I’ve been reading an excellent book on coaching from John Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow, (McGraw Hill 2010). The reason this book is so valuable is that it describes a four-step framework for having coaching conversations that work for managers who want to help their people […]
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