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How To Select Your Leadership Coach

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...
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How Do I Know If Someone Is Coachable?

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...
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Getting Ready To Step Into The C-Suite? Better Beef Up Your Conflict Management Skills

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...
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Team Leaders Can Do More By Doing Less

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...
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Four Lessons for Leading in the Public Sector

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...
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Getting Personal with Succession

  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...
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Thinking Moves Ahead Again at Knightsbridge

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...
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Detaching From Your Former Job - A 9 step action plan to move you into the future

  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...
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How Managers & Employees Should Behave During a Termination/Exit Meeting

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...
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Are You an Empty Chair Leader?

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...
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Is Leadership Your Full-Time or Part-Time Job?

“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...
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4 Things Yahoo's New CEO Marissa Mayer Needs to Get Right

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,...
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Four Steps to Becoming a More Authentic Leader

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...
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6 Steps to Creating Alignment on Your Team: Step 4—Set Your Team Mandate

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...
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What’s Your Internal Klout Score as a Leader?

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...