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Preparing for Promotion

Strategic prioritization is one of the key domains that I address with coaching clients, particularly if they’re moving into elevated leadership roles. A few questions:…

You Can Do Without a Great EA

But it’s not a great idea.  One of the first things that I look at when working with a leader who’s been elevated into a…

When You’re Using the Wrong Hammer

Training can do a lot of things.  It can convey cultural messaging and expectations.  It can illustrate concepts, outline principles.  Provide information.  Reinforce standards. But…

Mediocre or Magnificent?

An elderly widow.  Several CEOs.  A writer.  Head of an avalanche mitigation team.  Government officials. I spoke to many different kinds of leaders for The…

Great Expectations

Are you communicating them?  Clearly? Are you meeting them?  Consistently?   My next openings are in late July.  For more on working with me directly…

Who Gets Coaching?

Your best and your brightest, the leaders with the greatest potential.  Develop those people, and there will be a giant ripple out effect from that…

If You Want Success, Deconstruct It

I like to say that no one cheers for my clients more than I do.  When someone has a success, something they’ve been stretching and…

Sushi Bar

It’s evening and I’m looking over the last of the sushi at a high-end grocery store.  It doesn’t look great.  The employee behind the counter…

Mile 22

Is supposed to be the worst mile of a marathon.  Runners report hitting a wall, with very little physical reserve left.  Even though there are…

Impact

Impact is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. A few questions: What does impact mean to you?  How do you define it? Where…

The Upside of Infighting

Self-Correcting Teams™, those that go beyond high performance to exemplary performance, can have considerable disagreement, debate, and dissent without doing damage to the team. Which…

Do You Trust Your Colleagues?

Or, put another way, do you have colleagues whom you can trust? Those you can seek out at critical junctures when you need carefully considered…

The Downside of Being on the Inside

There are many advantages to being up close. You’re there to build relationships with customers and clients.  They call you first when there’s a problem. …

Choreographing for Performance

Last weekend I had the incredibly joyful experience of watching my best friend’s daughter perform in a dance competition in New York City. It was…

The Competitive War of the Future

One of my clients recently gave a strategy lecture at the b-school where they did their MBA.  It so happens that school is nearby, and…