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Executive Coaching Tip
for June

Building Empathy

Defining empathy vs sympathy and tools to build your capacity.

Bested by her junior

Jillian was frustrated.

“I should be able to handle her better by now,” she groused. “I’ve been dealing with Doris since my first day here and that’s almost ten years. And then I see this, this, I don’t know, this kid just ease her out of one of her moods. Whatever he’s drinking, I want some.” More

Personal Histories as Your Brand

A formula for talking about yourself in a way that’s compelling

“Tell us about yourself!”

Desmond was competing for a senior executive position. We had spent the first several coaching sessions mapping his political landscape. Now we turned our attention to the interview.

“Will everyone in there know you?” I asked. More

Power Tools for Teams: Plus/Delta

A tool for creating high performing teams

Delta ≠ bad

Nathaniel and I were building an agenda for his team’s three-day retreat.

Working with Nathaniel was a blast. He was curious, smart and undefended. He seemed willing to hear anything. Well, almost anything. He wasn’t willing to hear about scheduling concrete activities for the mornings of days two and three. More

The Mindful Executive

Mindfulness is a “must have” tool for any professional development.

Taming The Beast

Gerald admitted the incident had happened. He admitted he had tossed a marker towards someone in a meeting. He understood why she thought it had been hostile. More

Coaching Under Attack

Why a professional coach can make a huge difference in your career and in your life.

Interrogation begins

“You’re not a business coach,” Charlotte stated, looking at me squarely. Was there a challenge in her statement? I wasn’t sure. More

High-Stakes Meetings

Three steps to help you succeed in meetings when the stakes are high.

Charlotte over the horizon

Charlotte had been the president of a consumer goods company for just over a year. Her appointment had been a surprise because she had no experience in the consumer goods sector. Once installed, she’d ruffled feathers by being relentless about revenue and tough on people. In the sixteen months she’d been in place, longtime executives had resigned and junior people were polishing their resumes. More

Showing Teeth

Making tough decisions, standing behind them and protecting your people all are part of “showing teeth."

A dithering executive

Dena paused over her salad. We had known each other many years. As an HR leader, she had coordinated the coaching engagements I’d done in her division. She’d invited me to lunch to talk about an exec I’d heard a lot about but never met: Richard. More

Engagement & Performance

Getting people engaged isn't magic

A team needing development

Jason looked surprisingly young for someone who’d been with the company almost 20 years. He bounced up to greet me and I wondered if he’d started as a teenager in the mailroom. Now he was the global vice-president of a department. More

Managing Disruptive Executives

Disruptive workers require courage and skill.

A dangerous loose cannon

Phil was a surprising choice to lead a worldwide division. A thin, rather elegant man, he was known to be conflict averse. He was three years into his role, and I wondered how he fared among his peers, all of whom were experienced turf fighters. More

Executive Presenting

Building your executive presence when you present

A strong baseline

During her coaching, Riley and I worked to develop her executive presence. She was a determined learner and had made strides that were already getting noticed. More

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