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Sergei attacked the task of becoming a corporate executive the way he attacked anything new: with rigorous scientific curiosity.
An M.D. with two PhDs, Sergei had started a chemical company that a pharmaceutical giant had bought. Now, under contract to that corporation, Sergei was determined to succeed as an executive. It wasn’t always coming easily. More
She’s great, but . . .
“Can we talk about Carmen?” asked Paul.
This was only our fourth coaching session. I was enjoying him immensely. Paul was creative director in a global marketing division. He and I had bonded quickly over a shared history of having performed in theatre during our younger days. More
Sean was battling his boss. And he was losing the war.
The first person to talk to me about Sean was Ronit, the HR executive. “In a world that was fair, Sean would win. But he can’t win against Jack. No one can.” More
Tough new mandate declared
Jillian’s coaching had been an unexpected triumph. Before the coaching began, her job was in jeopardy. Then, during our six months together, she accomplished a turnaround that astonished everyone—including me. More
An unusual request
Madeline told me she had an unusual request. “It’s about Kristi,” she said, smiling.
I adored Kristi, Madeline’s assistant. My coaching relationship with Madeline had been ongoing for several years and Kristi had been there every step of the way. More
Vague but valuable
Ramesh ran the project management team in his company. In his role, he was exposed to virtually all the executives and their teams. Few people in the company were as visible as Ramesh. Or as well liked. More
Networking versus mentoring
Tracy was a captivating coaching client. Blessed with a crackling intellect, she devoured knowledge, jumping into every topic with passion.
One day, I mentioned mentoring. The instant she heard the word, she gave a little snort. “Mentors have never been my thing. But I’m great at networking.” More
Brad was in hot water. He just wasn’t sure how hot.
“Frank doesn’t forgive easily,” he said, referring to his boss, the division president. “And he’s really pissed at me. But I hope everyone appreciates the irony that he’s pissed because somebody talked behind his back. Man, he’s the king of trash talk!” More
Avoidance is not a strategy
Russell was a very, very nice guy. Everyone agreed about that. Of course, “very nice guy” was code for “conflict averse.”
Russell was a great mediator and facilitator, but he wasn’t always decisive, especially when it came to managing his people. More
“She should have known better…”
Jodi was a people-centered leader. Her values drove her decisions. Depending on the situation, her values might align with the consumer or the company, with the employee or the corporation. People didn’t view her as wishy-washy but rather as a weather vane that consistently pointed toward the right thing to do. More