Category Archives: executive coaching

Unlock Your Potential with a Shift in Mindset

Do you ever wonder why some very smart people don’t live up to their potential? Maybe you even include yourself in this category. Some scientists propose that underachieving may come down to mindset. Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone,” says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of […]
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Lack of Self Confidence: What’s Stopping You?

No one—not even the most outwardly self-assured leader—is immune from periods of self-doubt and lack of self confidence. In fact, sometimes doubt can be healthy when it acts as an internal check. People with healthy self confidence are more adept at managing their inner experiences and better at learning from mistakes and failures. Their self […]
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Narcissistic Leadership or Visionary?

There’s a case to be made for narcissistic CEOs who can lead companies to greatness, inspire followers and achieve game-changing solutions in our rapidly changing world. “It is narcissistic leaders who take us to places we’ve never been before, who innovate, who build empires out of nothing.” ~ Michael Maccoby, Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and […]
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The Emotion We Won’t Admit:
Boredom at Work

Even though you may have a great job, you can still experience boredom at work. Who hasn’t been sitting at the computer when a restless feeling starts gnawing away and thoughts meander anywhere but on the task required? “Boredom is an aversive state characterized by dissatisfaction, restlessness, and weariness,” Andreas Elpidorou, a University of Louisville […]
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Do We Really Understand
Effective Leadership?

Do we really understand effective leadership and how to develop it for business results? If organizations want to grow leaders to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and chaotic marketplace, they need to know which leadership behaviors and mindset contributes most to leadership effectiveness. From what I see in businesses today, many executives feel […]
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Leadership Development:
From Catalyst to Co-Creator

So far, in reading authors William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs in Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change, I’ve written about the Expert, the Achiever, and the Catalyst levels of leadership development. With each progressive level, a leader develops more awareness of the thoughts, feelings and assumptions that drive […]
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Coaching Conversations:
How Managers Explore the Desired Outcome

I’ve been reading an excellent book on coaching from John Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow, (McGraw Hill 2010). The reason this book is so valuable is that it describes a four-step framework for having coaching conversations that work for managers who want to help their people […]
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Coaching Skills for Managers: Misconceptions

Recently I got into a discussion about coaching skills for managers. It seems that not a lot of managers bother with coaching questions, and when they do, they don’t follow a framework that leads to consistent outcomes or even follow through. Many have had training in coaching skills for managers, but aren’t using them effectively. […]
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Are You a Manager Coach or a
Manager Who Fixes?

In the companies where I coach and consult, I see a lot of managers who fix problems instead of being a manager coach who uses coaching skills. It’s rare that I see or hear a boss take the time to walk an individual through a coaching conversation in order to help them find their own […]
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Why Don’t More Managers
Use Coaching Skills?

Here’s something I read frequently: Managers who use coaching skills have employees who are more committed, willing to put in greater effort, less likely to leave, and create better results than those who don’t coach. The impact of coaching is significant on both people and profits in the organizations that train managers to use coaching […]
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