Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Like buying a house, selecting the right leadership coach is an
important decision with both a rational and an emotional component.
It can be challenging and sometimes intimidating. How do you select
among all the different options? When selecting a coach there are a
number of criteria to keep in...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Is this leader “coachable”? First and foremost, being
coachable is not a fixed trait but instead something that can
change based on the situation, circumstances and point in time.
Here’s the better question to ask: Would coaching benefit
this leader at this point? Here are the three criteria...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In a recent executive coaching survey from Stanford University and
the Miles Group, when asked about areas for personal development,
nearly 43% of CEOs stated conflict management skills. A wise
colleague of mine said “just imagine if a CEO came to their role
with this stuff worked out.” With the...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
In a meeting with a coaching client this week, I was again struck
by the powerful disconnect that can happen between a team leader’s
intention and impact. My experience is that leaders show up every
day wanting to do the very best they can for their teams. My
client, let’s call her Mary, is just...
Friday, December 20, 2013
As an executive coach, I work with leaders across many sectors and
industries. During the past 10 years, I've coached over 100
provincial and municipal leaders in different roles at all levels.
What I've come to know is that leading in the public sector is in
many ways more complex and challenging...
Thursday, August 8, 2013
As leaders, we are responsible for developing the talent in
our organizations for the future. There is no rocket science here.
Yet, as we grow into larger and more senior leadership roles, we
have a more specific obligation to identify and develop our own
successors. This is about risk, business...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
For a number of years, Knightsbridge had the tag line – Thinking
Moves Ahead. We believed that we could bring greater value to our
clients by sharing new ways to think about critical human capital
issues. And over the last decade we’ve been sharing our
perspective on human capital issues such as...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Detaching from a job that you have held for years is very
difficult - especially if you did not choose to leave, but instead
were given a package and told your services were no longer
required. Dan had been working with the same company for 10
years as a Sales Manager with 15 people reporting to...
Monday, November 19, 2012
Over the last ten years I have been privy to thousands of corporate
transitions and have observed both good and bad behaviors from
managers and employees. The Impact of Termination on
Employees: For many employees a termination is a defining moment in
their life ─ a moment in time that affects...
Friday, October 12, 2012
This past weekend, the cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker
Magazine showed Mitt Romney debating an empty chair. The joke, of
course, is on Barack Obama, and what many feel was his lackluster
performance in the first presidential debate. It also calls to mind
Clint Eastwood’s chat with a chair at...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
“When am I going to find time to lead?” I get this question a lot
during leadership development programs. As I explain how the job of
being a leader keeps growing, some people can’t see how they’ll be
able to do it. But anyone who’s asking that question doesn’t really
understand what it means to be...
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
On July 16th, Yahoo announced Marissa Mayer as their new Chief
Executive Officer. Even though this would be Mayer’s first time as
a CEO, media feedback was favourable. Largely because of her
success at Google where she was seen as a trailblazer who brought a
unique combination of technical smarts,...
Monday, August 27, 2012
In his book Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma Dr.
Nick Morgan shows how individuals can present an image of
authenticity and respect for their audience - whether it’s a team,
an executive meeting or through a one-on-one conversation. Nick’s
four-step process is extremely valuable for...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Alignment is about more than a shared sense of purpose within the
team. You need to articulate the mandate of your team so everyone
knows your role. This is the fourth in a six-part series on
enhancing team effectiveness through better alignment. Step 1 is to
connect your team to the environment...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Leaders with real influence will have clout in their organizations.
Business Insider ran an article last week about some recent changes
to Klout, the social network service that ranks people based on
their influence. For one thing, Klout is changing its website.
But more importantly, it’s revamping...