Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. About Leading

    One hot sunny day last week we drove two hours east to visit with some human resource executives at Pilgrim’s Pride in Pittsburg, Texas. You all know Pilgrim’s Pride if you ever think about eating chicken. It’s the nation’s largest poultry company and is consistently on Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies. Having lunch with Jane Brookshire, Executive V.P. of H.R. we ta…Read More

  2. Being Smart with Nature

    When I was at Google last month I had the pleasure of hearing Dan Goleman talk about his new book “Ecological Intelligence”. Dr. Goleman has been, and continues to be a pioneer in “new thinking”. We know enough about the brain in this century to understand its plasticity. This means there is an ever changing possibility that we can grow and become smarter every day of our lives. No more i…Read More

  3. 3 Things You Must Do Immediately when Someone Starts Verbally Attacking You

    Joanne turned red. Then as the bullying continued she knew she was purple with rage. Then she felt her stomach flip and knew the new color of her skin matched her green outfit . The barrage of hostility that flowed over her during the meeting was initially subtle. Then her main adversary, the “jerk” who was positioning for her job got nasty. He told her she had done a poor job of presenting t…Read More

  4. Leadership Strategies and Drama

    [caption id="attachment_620" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Drama Kings & Queens"][/caption] One of the most intriguing leadership challenges concerns office drama. The TV series “30 Rock” and “The Office” are great examples of how drama kings and queens take up so much air time at work. What makes drama so pervasive and so time consuming? Easy, it is a fun distraction. If we …Read More

  5. Putting Salve On A Pain in the —- Boss

    [caption id="attachment_614" align="alignleft" width="298" caption="Persecutors"][/caption] There are lots of blogs and articles about bully bosses and how to handle them. Most end by saying either “leave” or “suck it up and stay”. Are there any other options that might work better? First, it is important to understand what is underneath the nasty bad boss syndrome. Persecutors NEED TO FE…Read More

  6. Leadership Strategies for the “Gotta Go” Crowd

    [caption id="attachment_604" align="alignleft" width="258" caption="The Avoider"][/caption] The avoider pattern is a BIG one. It is super prevalent in today’s culture as a way of handling conflict and stress. Avoiders are aware of problems, yet won’t talk about them. When listening to an avoider you will here “I’ll get back to you, I have to think about it, don’t call me I’ll call you…Read More

  7. Leadership Strategies and “Nay-Sayers”

    The natural tendency to be a “devil’s advocate” is seductive. It is learned at a young age and is so deeply ingrained into one’s behavior it becomes almost disloyal to say “Yes, that’s great, excellent idea, I’ll support that, count me in, how can I help”. Creating leadership tactics to deal with Nay-Sayers can be super time consuming not to mention, exhausting. The most important…Read More

  8. Leadership Strategies and “Yeh-Sayers”

      [caption id="attachment_591" align="aligncenter" width="308" caption="Find Your Way OUT (Observe, Understand, Transform)"][/caption] There are lots of articles talking about what it takes to keep your job in a down economy. One way, many suggest, is to “do more and don’t complain”. Good if you are a robot, bad if you are a living, breathing person with a stress point that boils over whe…Read More

  9. Leadership Intelligence Needed More Than Ever

    [caption id="attachment_565" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Meng, Sylvia & Dan"][/caption] On an exceptionally windy day in Mountain View, California, last month I was a guest at Google and had the unexpected pleasure of spending time with Daniel Goleman. He is known for his breakthrough work in emotional intelligence that has helped the business world become more conscious of the co…Read More

  10. Avoiding Leadership Responsibilities; More than a One Night Stand

    There is a very interesting article in the Washington Post about Mark Sanford regarding moral principles and leadership that really made me think and here is my response: Are we asking the right questions? At this time it needs to be more than "Did Sanford stray"? It is important to look beyond one incident and address long term behavior patterns to find what a person is really made of. In Sanf…Read More

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