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Toxic Leaders and Workplaces: Waiting for “Really Bad”

In some ways having a toxic leader can spur positive action. It’s a shame, but often bad behavior has to get really bad before anyone is motivated to speak up. Trauma often opens doors. Sometimes a situation has to deteriorate before people shout “Enough!” By the time HR, the executive board, the senior team and […]
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9 Ways to Build Executive Presence

What exactly is this thing called “executive presence?” I may be wrong, but I think it’s replacing “executive charisma,” which got tarnished in a tsunami of corporate greed and CEO failures in the first decade of this century. Karl Albrecht explains presence as an element of social intelligence (Social Intelligence, 2009), and says it’s the […]
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Change for the New Year: Call a Coach

One of the things we can look at changing and improving for the New Year is ourselves and our ability to manage ourselves well. Smart people with career ambitions know they can’t do it alone. (Mainly because we are self-deceptive, but also because coaching works when you need to make personal changes.) Many of the […]
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Your Career Decisions: What’s It All About, Really?

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”—James Thurber Your career depends upon having clarity of purpose to make the right career decisions. Just about everyone I know reaches a point where they stop and ask themselves a bunch of “Big WHY’s”… Why am I […]
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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: 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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Does sarcasm serve a purpose?

Hypothesis: “There is a great need for sarcasm font.” In The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, one of the four agreements is “Be impeccable with your word”. The jacket cover offers this short description of the agreement: “Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or […]
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Kicking your own butt…

Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”. Did you ever see “Liar, Liar” with Jim Carrey? There is one scene where he is trying to get out of going into court because he can’t lie. Since he can’t lie, […]
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Monolithic Oil…a conservation love story

The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text. National Lampoon has been putting out very funny, very satirical material for years. Long before there was “Vacation” and other National Lampoon movies, they put out a bunch of comedy albums. One in particular that I loved […]
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What has happened to your history?

“I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.” You may know that as of March of this year I outlived my father. When you pass a milestone in your personal history like that, there is a great need to reflect on many facets of […]
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