Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

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    Honoring Our Veterans: Each In Our Own Way

    I sat in silence listening to the stories of battered trucks driving down dirt roads and blowing up just a hairs breath from soldiers on duty. I heard about the pain, angst and often guilt that is part of physically fighting someone into submission or fear being killed. The vets all said, in their own way, “war is hell.” While I know our soldiers have risked life and limb to keep us …Read More

  2. What Scores Over Hard Work, Knowledge and Attitude in Meetings?

    We all know that it takes lots of good effort to make a meeting be successful. However, so many times meetings just fall short and people leave feeling like they have wasted those hours when they could have been getting real work done. In our Total Leadership Connections Program™ we spend a half day dissecting what makes a meeting work. It is like creating a Broadway play. A meeting needs creat…Read More

  3. Talk of Torture Timely for Leadership development

    What a bummer that Angelina Jolie will miss the opening of the film “Unbroken” that she directed. Sadly, she missed the chicken pox as a kid and has to break out and itch as an adult. However, the timing of this film is placed perfectly. With Dick Cheney in great confidence saying he did not think that our country used torture and John McCain taking an opposite view we can get beyond the verb…Read More

  4. Leadership Development: SHUSSSSH Don’t Rock the boat

    Imagine a world where bringing up unpleasant or conflictual subjects is applauded. Imagine if in school good grades were based on asking the unaskable. Just imagine. Where would YOU fit in that kind of setting? Would you be one to ask “Hey, why is the emperor naked?” Or would you be one to put your hand to your lips and say “Shussssh!” You want to know where our general discomfort starte…Read More

  5. 4 Rules for Great Leading During the Holiday Season

    Imagine yourself as the most loved leader in your organization. Imagine being honored at a dinner for your skills and talents. What would they say about you? How would you respond? Leading a team and getting your direct reports to really, really want to get follow you takes lots of deep internal understanding of yourself. As a great leader you set the standard. You do not shy away from conflict, …Read More

  6. Safe Spaces, Hot Spots and What If

    Waiting in Ferguson Missouri. Waiting for the judge to hand down the decision. Waiting to see if there will be violence or calm. Waiting to see how justice is served. Waiting to see if there can be anything new and helpful that will come out of how the people of Ferguson handle a tense and difficult situation. (more…)…Read More

  7. What does it mean to be a REAL Leader?

    Authenticity is a buzz word in today’s business world. All leadership development programs discuss this topic. I was thinking about being thinner, smarter, younger, and more wonderful. Nope, that is not what being authentic is about. (more…)…Read More

  8. What it Takes to be a Giant

    Watching the 7th game of the World Series was a study in tenacity and team work. The 6th game was a demoralizing 10-0 loss for the San Francisco Giants (my home team!!). Game 6 was painful to watch and when it was over I wondered what type of talk went on between the team and manager Bruce Bochy. Put yourself in that room as the manager. Think about what you would have, could have, should have s…Read More

  9. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    [caption id="attachment_3732" align="alignleft" width="290"] http://graemethomasonline.com/ [/caption]Knowledge of human relationships no longer belongs only to the psychology crowd. It belongs to all of us. Every leader or emerging leader in today’s workplace needs to look below the surface and answer the age old question when someone shoots himself in the foot “Why did he just do what he did…Read More

  10. Leadership and Accepting “The JOURNEY”

    Everyone says “it’s the journey not the destination” especially when situations are tough. Leadership development means accepting this as a core belief when climbing the mountain of career success. Did you ever meet a leader who does not have a story of falling and failing? Did you ever meet a leader who is blemish free with no scars? “Well, only when they have been photo shopped” you s…Read More

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