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An episode of The Look & Sound of Leadership about a highly celebrated woman who feels undeserving. She and her coach talk about creating ‘a contract with reality’ as one way of quieting the self-critical part of her.

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30 years of the Look & Sound of Leadership

More than thirty years of listening.

Whatever questions you have about leadership training, rest assured, the Essential Communications team wants to hear them. In more than thirty years of executive coaching, training and teaching, we’ve learned that many people share similar concerns about how they’re perceived in the workplace, but each leader learns and grows in their own way. Helping you find your way is one of our superpowers.

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