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How do you know if you are ready for an executive coach?

executive coaching Dec 19, 2018

Not every manager needs an executive coach. In fact, if you’re a brand new leader, you may want to first consider a mentor relationship with a senior individual within your own organization. Have some experience that you want to build upon? Here are two great reasons to seek out an executive coach and one reason to skip it.

An executive coach can help you reflect and refocus if you feel like you’re plateauing in your current role. Harvard Business School “To change...

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Negotiating Without Conflict

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2018

Despite how it’s described by some, negotiation does not have to be combative. At its core, negotiation is simply an exercise in compromise (or even collaboration). Negotiation is a tool that is useful for navigating much of corporate life- salary, benefits, relationships, disagreements. Any charged or potentially contentious situation or conversation can benefit from the strategies included in the links below.

Take a cue from hostage negotiators and listen more. “At the...

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Beyond Smileys - Effective Performance Reviews

performance reviews Sep 21, 2018

Many employees dread their annual performance review- a lot of managers dislike them, too. Giving constructive feedback should be a part of your daily “to do” list when you’re a leader, and your one-on-one meetings with your team should not just be focused on project updates but include discussion about performance and opportunities for development. For more formal performance reviews, here are a few ideas to make the process less onerous and more productive.

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Navigating Organizational Change

Without meaningful change and regular growth, your organization is at risk for becoming a Museum of Good Ideas- a place where creativity and innovation exist but no one has the guts to follow through. To move beyond the status quo and expand your horizons, change is vital. Here are a few ideas on how you can implement positive change at your company without alienating your talent.

Initiate the change you want to see. “Recognize that your team will take their cues from...

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Herding Cats in a Conference Room: The Benefits of Meeting Facilitation

meeting facilitation Jul 26, 2018

As a veteran meeting facilitator, I’ve witnessed a myriad of group dynamics. Some teams work together like a well-oiled machine and some clunk along struggling to find ways to come together productively. Not every meeting needs a facilitator, but when an organization is facing a major change, tackling a weighty subject, or bringing together diverse viewpoints, a facilitator can keep the meeting on track and action-oriented without getting bogged down in personalities and irrelevant...

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Motivating Different Generations at Work

There’s a lot of talk among my clients about how to better engage different generations in the workforce. Baby Boomers are a large sector the workforce, but over 47% of the total population is under the age of 33 making them Millennials. The differences between these two groups may seem stark at first, but a collaborative approach to management will help both groups work together productively.

Before you read these recommended articles, keep in mind this key point: Generalizations and...

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It’s Not You It’s Me: Breaking Up With Your Strategy for Dealing With Difficult People

behavior Jun 04, 2018

When it comes to dealing with difficult people at work, the toughest ones I hear about in my coaching practice fall into two categories: co-workers or bosses. How you handle your challenging situation should be influenced by your relationship to the person, as well as the general culture at your organization.

All the good advice you’ll read on the subject has one thing in common: the only person you can truly change is yourself. Before you go into a confrontation, take the time to...

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Make Strategic Personnel Decisions the Right Way

decision making Apr 19, 2018

There are few more important decisions in an organization than choosing strong leaders and leaders-in-training. The weight of a company’s future rests on the selection of employees that can both perform at high-level immediately and those who can be coached into taking on a leadership role over time.

When making strategic decisions about personnel, keep the following in mind about the employee:

·       Their strengths

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Writing Your “Not To Do” List for Success

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2018

We are living in a constant state of information overload. So how can we sift through the noise and discover what is truly essential to our lives and our goals? Essentialism is a mindset, not a tactic, so it will take practice to achieve the clarity you seek. Here are a few articles and tips on how you can create the white space your brain needs to dream big and achieve.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown’s book espouses the virtue of pursuing only,...

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Setting Great Expectations

Uncategorized Feb 21, 2018

The most common misstep I see with people leaders is that they don't set expectations with their teams. There may be a tendency to just dive into the work at hand, but part of being an exceptional manager is taking the time to set clear and manageable expectations for your employees. Giving yourself time for top-down planning can help shape both the formal and informal practices. This planning will allow you to help your employees set clear performance standards; carve out specific objectives...

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