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I recently witnessed the retirement of a Fortune 100 Senior Executive. In his farewell speech, he described the wealth of life experiences he gained during his years with the company. The next day when he gathered his final things from this office it was a sad day for those of us who witnessed his departure. As we watched him through ...
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Anxious to get through a meeting, complete negotiations, or deliver bad news? Connecting subjects too quickly can create a threatening situation that will delay or prevent decision making. Learn which 3-letter words can derail any meeting.
Sometimes it is the small things that make the big difference: a pause in the conversation, a reassuring smile, the turn of a phrase. In this article we will ...Continue Reading →
The day before Emmy-award winning authors and producers Chis Miller and Phil Lord spoke at Monmouth University, I was lucky enough to dine with the duo. Their creative work includes the LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMPSTREET, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and they will be the directors of the next adventure in the Anthology series of STARWARS films.
They shared experiences of their ...Continue Reading →
Middle management, comprised of first-line supervisors to associate-directors, is the largest and most powerful group of white-collar workers in the corporate sector. From this sector will grow the leaders for tomorrow’s organizations. It is surprising to find that although middle-managers sustain the organization, many leaders appear to overlook or minimize the dynamic role of this integral group who:
- represent a significant financial investment for a corporation in salaries, value of output, production investment and maintenance expenditures.
- experience continuing upheaval while being ignored, ...
Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by risk? Balancing the odds of success, the investment you‘ve made in relationships, the value of the win – how do you make your choice? Often it is the actions that others don‘t see that truly defines winners from losers.
I am always amazed when I find myself experiencing one of life‘s lessons while engaged in something completely unrelated. One such event occurred on a winter day in northern Pennsylvania.
A Cold Example
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As an executive coach and consultant for twenty years, I’ve learned a few techniques for observing leaders. These help me recognize clients with a high potential for success as well as those who seem to be stuck on a losing streak. Such techniques may hold value to executive teams and corporate boards seeking to select and develop future leaders. And they may also be useful for leaders conducting a self-evaluation.
Just as a good detective seeks clues, it is important for ...Continue Reading →
We all know that interpersonal relationships are the key to any leader’s success. Open, genuine discussion has to occur up, down and sideways. Did you realize that how you listen has a significant influence on how others perceive you? Allow me to share a situation with someone who needed a wake-up call to see the image he was presenting to others, simply by how he listened to them.
I recently met a young engineer, Neil, who felt his career was stalled. ...Continue Reading →
Plan Your Transition as a New Leader
We all fail in isolation. Many of the C-level executives I coach find it difficult to establish open communication with others and restrictions inherent in the position prevent a free exchange of information. Recognizing both your strengths and weaknesses allows you to make informed decisions regarding your behavior, interpersonal relationships and assessment of risk.
The dynamic executive creates an environment of trust that permits feedback, honest assessment and mutual respect. These ...Continue Reading →
What can we do when we are seeking agreement, attempting to guide our team through change, or tasked with moving a project forward—and it seems that everyone has their own direction, away from consensus? Odds are we all know at least one top executive who would overlook the ‘soft skills’ of better communication and instead issue a ‘slap to the back of the head’ by saying “come on, let’s get this together” then proceed to implement his/her idea without considering ...Continue Reading →
Are you eager to go to work every day? Do you enjoy your job and return home satisfied that you have invested that day in an activity that is worthwhile and satisfying? If you are like so many others that are ready to take an active role in building your career rather than worry about your job, here are five steps to build the confidence to succeed.
According to a Gallup poll, over 60% of workers are not truly engaged in ...Continue Reading →