Three Big Differences between Coaching Experienced Leaders and Coaching Emerging Leaders

All coaching is not the same. I know this because I tried to make it all the same and fell flat on my face. When I first began working with leaders one-on-one, I had an assembly line approach to the process and failed miserably. Then I wised up. One of the biggest ways that coaching […]

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Stop Defining Your Work by Effort. Define it by Outcomes

Work, the very word implies effort. That is, of course, what the term means, “activity involving mental or physical effort.” And it’s that definition that’s so misleading for executive leaders. For if we define our work by its effort and not by its outcomes, we cede the leadership of our sphere of influence to someone […]

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My Massive Half Marathon Mistakes and What I Learned from Them

In an act of unimaginable stupidity, I signed up to run the half-marathon last year on the first Sunday of October. For those of you who do not know me well, I took up the sport of long distance running at the ripe age of 53. Since that time, I’ve run in lots of 5K […]

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Nail Your Next Presentation: Tell a Great Story

At some point in your leadership life, if you haven’t already, you’ll be called on to make a big presentation. And that presentation will be critically important to your being perceived as a serious leader, your being promoted to a higher paying position, your closing a lucrative deal, or all of the above. How do […]

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The Honest Truth about Leadership Transition

All leadership roles are not the same. And while we might agree with that statement on paper, in practice we violate it regularly. In practice we promote a high performing individual contributor—a leading salesperson or a leading researcher—to the role of frontline manager and are surprised when that person struggles to win the support of […]

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Don’t Take Yes for An Answer

Eighteen hours is all you have. That is, if you’re climbing Mt. Everest. Climbers begin their ascent from basecamp, conveniently located at 26,000 feet above sea level, in the ungodly hour of 2:00 AM. They climb through the night and early morning, reaching the summit about mid-day. Then they scramble back down before sunset to the […]

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