Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. Patterns of Success

    I have been running around the country (actually flying to be really clear) and what I find interesting is that similarities seem more similar than they ever have before. This economic downturn has hit the whole country and I am finding people in Texas, California, Oregon, New York and Boston all using the same words and expressing the same concepts about their work and personal lives. There is a …Read More

  2. 4 Clues that Your Boss is Getting Ready to Put You on a Performance Improvement Plan

    We all know that the formal language around a PIP is that it is “designed to facilitate a discussion between you and your boss”. Right! Everyone knows it is really a way to get you to self select out before you get fired. Wrong! If you have a crystal ball and see a performance improvement plan looming in your future do not worry. I’ll say it again. Do not worry. Or at least don’t let the w…Read More

  3. Leadership Strategies and Emotional Mountains

    There are many of us who learned as children to rant and rave, to make mountains out of molehills, to cry or stomp our feet to get attention. Or, maybe it was not always about wanting attention. Often, in a family the drama queen or king, the persecutor, the super achiever and the martyr are playing their role to keep peace in the family by turning the spotlight front and center on themselves. In …Read More

  4. Leadership Strategies: Let Them See you Sweat, Just Not Too Much!

    We have all been taught that strong leaders are unemotional. They just deal with the facts and get the work done. That is just plain nonsense. There have been enough studies that show when we suppress our emotions we are fodder for all kinds of physical ills. Suppressions of emotions can be costly. Please remember that. Male or female, when we shut down our emotional responses here is what happens…Read More

  5. Leadership Strategies for Emotional Times

    We all need to find our own personal way OUT of difficult emotional situations. Out stands for Observe, Understand, and Transform. How we do that can make all the difference in our work relationships and give us high marks as leaders. In my book “Don’t Bring It to Work” I offer some short quizzes and tests to help you observe the behavior patterns that are at the core of most knee jerk respo…Read More

  6. Leadership Strategies and Juggling

    In our executive leadership development program we teach juggling. Yes, juggling. We don’t use plates or fire burning torches. The high potentials, entrepreneurs, and seasoned managers in our courses learn to juggle personalities. The capacity to hold lots of swirling egos without having them fall to the ground is the sign of a high level leader. Let me explain. We all know we are not push butto…Read More

  7. 4 Tips to Better People Management

    Last week when I visited Pilgrims Pride I saw the power of how good people management and a vision of “whole people at work” can make a difference.  One reason, among many, has to do with their Human Resource department. Often H.R. is filled with individuals who know the rules and make sure they are followed. And then there are the few who really see their mandate to manage and grow the peopl…Read More

  8. 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 talk…Read More

  9. 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 is…Read More

  10. 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 th…Read More

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