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A coaching colleague of mine and I recently spent an afternoon examining, brainstorming, and developing meaningful leadership curriculum for a cohort of successful leaders who are dedicating a year to build their leadership capacity. Already successful technical leaders, our question is – how do we assist them in learning the value of reflecting on who […]

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What is Executive Presence?

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It seems “executive presence” is the new thing to have, but most people I ask in my professional practice give me wide and varying definitions. No one seems to be real clear about what it is – so what is it, exactly? Presence: Often referred to as “bearing,” presence incorporates a range of verbal and nonverbal […]

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Executive Presence: An Overlooked Success Factor

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Whether you call it charisma, confidence or compelling leadership, executive presence is in the spotlight. So what is it anyway? I am talking about more than making a great first impression. Presence is multifaceted, builds over time, and is reflected in everything you say, feel and do. It is grounded in who we are and […]

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Bouncing Back: What Can You Change?

When I coach individuals in the coaching work I do about bouncing back and building resiliency from change or loss I remind people to focus on the things they can change instead of rehashing the stories that happened to them. People naturally know this, but forget to do.  We are conditioned to tell the terrible […]

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Perfecting Your Employee Recognition Skills

While being positive comes as second nature to some people, complaining seems to be a much more developed skill than praising. Many people find it difficult to be only positive; it’s as if they can’t help themselves adding a crushing blow. Think back to the character Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) in “American Beauty” when she […]

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The Mindset of Effective Leaders

In the book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (HarperBusiness, 2010), authors Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown interviewed and assessed more than 150 leaders on their managerial practices. The authors divide leaders into two camps, based on the results they achieve: multipliers or diminishers. Leadership effectiveness can be judged on a continuum. The […]

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4 Steps to Powerful Conversations

“Power listening—the art of probing and challenging the information garnered from others to improve its quality and quantity—is the key to building a knowledge base that generates fresh insights,” ~ Bernard T. Ferrari, author of Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All (Portfolio Hardcover, 2012). It’s not easy learning to be a […]

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Your Career – 4 Questions

Many people are confused about the relationship between incentives and motivation. It’s generally accepted that satisfaction and dissatisfaction are separate, independent measures, which explains why you may love and hate your job at the same time. Psychologist Frederick Herzberg’s theory of motivation identifies two work factors that cause dissatisfaction: hygiene and motivation. Hygiene factors include […]

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Does your Strategic Plan include your Career?

Career choices aren’t simply a matter of finding a good job, at an acceptable salary, with appropriate benefits. The quality of your work impacts your personal life, leading to satisfaction (or, conversely, dissatisfaction). One of the biggest reasons people come to see me for advice, is because they’re contemplating a career decision. Or they’ve made […]

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Are You Satisfied with Your Career?

Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. ~Confucius What can we do to ensure a source of happiness and fulfillment throughout our careers? At graduation, each of us has visions of what we’ll accomplish. Years later, even the best and brightest from the most prestigious universities aren’t immune […]

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