Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. When We Help

    I asked folks to send in stories about those who have helped them personally or who they have encountered who make a difference. Here is a powerful one from Katherine Matson who is a participant in our "Total Leadership Connections Program". Katherine is a skilled technology expert who spent years at IBM. She is also an individual who cares about making the world a better place and developing mod…Read More

  2. Leadership Strategies: Preventing Burnout

    Every leadership development program should have a module on burnout; how to avoid it and what to do when yikes, too late, it’s right there in front of you. Burnout is one of the leading causes of conflict in the workplace. When you are exhausted even the softest squeaky wheel will set your teeth on edge. Burnout causes you to be irritable, unfocused, and less willing to hear others. In a great…Read More

  3. Is threatening people really a good idea?

    I was watching an “expert” talk about how to get a team motivated. His question was “Is threatening people a good idea”? In less than the two minute YouTube response his answer was basically “yes, that if people are not living up to our expectations we need to confront them and tell them what is wrong and what they have to do.”   Needless to say, I was frustrated with this simplistic …Read More

  4. Results thru Relationships

    Last month we were in the middle of our 41st “Total Leadership Connections” program and the context was integration. Mainly about how things are connected and what to look for when people work together.   The group consists of highly trained, very competent executives who want to take their careers to a higher level. Their skills in marketing, education, and sales are exemplary. What we were …Read More

  5. Anger at Work

    I just found a note I wrote when I was putting the information together for my book “Don’t Bring It to Work”. It was a simple statement, “Anger at work and at home costs a lot of money”. I began to think about all the arguments I have had, at least the BIG ones that I can remember, actually, the ones I know I will never forget. And I decided to see what it would be like to put a cash amo…Read More

  6. Communication, Communication, Communication

    I was in a discussion with a colleague about the key drivers for leadership success and what core elements in leadership development would make the greatest long term difference. Think about it for a minute; what would you say is the #1 factor for success. I want to underline, long term success. What does it take to get to the top? I want to underline, to get to the top and stay there! We have see…Read More

  7. Are Women Really So Unhappy?

    Last week there was an article in BNET discussing why women are so unhappy. Many good points were covered; yet, that is not what I want to write about today. I have been fascinated by the number (almost 150) by count on Sunday of responses to this article. Most of the reactions were from women, and an occasional man who also put his thoughts in the commentary section. I began to look for the patte…Read More

  8. Obama and Deep Thinking

    What does it mean for the world that President Obama is receiving the Nobel Peace prize? Maybe, just maybe it means we are in a turn the corner place for deeper thinking. Maybe, just maybe, we can find ways to care about each other rather than continue to set up polarizing, frozen perspectives. My curiosity is peeked. How will the Rush Limbaugh types of the world respond to this news? I expect wit…Read More

  9. Leadership and Group Power

    As I explore the essence of leadership I hear a similar thought from many of my colleagues that goes like this “Too much retread, too much superficial same old same old”. So when new ideas that make us really think come along I want to share them with the world. Thus, the video of David Logan, on the faculty of USC, who gives us pause to think about how leaders can help get each of us to a new…Read More

  10. Leadership and Truth

    There is a new movie out called The Invention of Lying. Great premise: what if no one knew how to lie and only told the truth, the whole truth, no matter what? It would certainly be a different world. Here is an example from the film. People go out to dinner and one woman to the other “I am very threatened by you” is truth sentence rather than a simple “Hi there”. I was thinking about this…Read More

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