Posts Tagged ‘Social Skills’

The Human Element

Not tuned in My friend and colleague, Mindy Danna, and I were talking about our coaching practices. So much of our work revolves around thinking deeply about the people we coach, it’s helpful to have a thought partner.

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Capitalizing on Differences in Style

“Nice” won’t get the job done When Gregory first called me, we knew about each other—I’d coached his boss off and on for several years—but we’d never worked together. Now he reached out to me, wondering if I could help him with a task force he was leading. “This task force has the potential to…

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The Well-Balanced Executive

Merciless executioner No one was neutral about Cary. In a global company that often moved slowly, Cary got stuff done. The chief executives to whom he reported loved that Cary could push projects to completion. His peers, on the other hand, were cautious. Cary was a beneficial ally, but when he started driving for results,…

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Facilitating Open Dialogue

Resistance is the norm Soraya leads a team of programmers who work at client sites for weeks at a time. When her vice-president asked for feedback from the clients, she had only a few anecdotes. He wanted hard data. Soraya and her team decided to create focus groups. The goal would be to bring clients…

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Intimacy in Business: Setting Boundaries

A powerful model for intimacy Evan felt lucky to have had Trish as his mentor. “I’ve never seen anyone build relationships as fast as she can,” he told me. “She can read a room in the first minute or two and then say just the right thing to turn people into raving fans. It’s uncanny.”…

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Leadership and Listening

Unconscious hijacking Donald had the CEO courting him for almost a year before he came on board as head of global operations. Fourteen months later, most of his initiatives had stalled and the executive team that had expected so much from him had mostly turned against him. One comment from a group leader in Hong…

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Compassion During Change

A startling sudden decline Jay’s boss was concerned about him. A star performer recruited by the CEO, Jay suddenly seemed to be floundering. He’d goofed up two major projects and had blown up during a staff meeting. Jay’s boss was hoping I could help. Within minutes of meeting this smiling hulk of a guy, I…

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“I Hate Politics!”

“I hate politics!” I was hired to groom Danielle for a promotion. Less than a week after our first coaching session, the head of her division, who had been a fixture for a dozen years, announced he was leaving for another opportunity. Overnight, every senior leader in the division, including Danielle, was thrown into a…

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Networking

Dig your well before you’re thirsty Years ago, when the economy was still expanding, I coached a woman named Stephanie. She’d worked for the same company since graduating college and, by the time I met her, was in line to become a director. She was concerned that, having worked at only that one company, she…

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A Difficult Conversation

An inquiry via email In response to last month’s Executive Coaching Tip, I got the following email from a guy named Guy: My boss constantly corrects me and undermines me in meetings. It’s not that she says I’m wrong, exactly, but she makes it clear we have different styles and that my style is worse…

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