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John G. Agno
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Truth flows from universal law, not personal views.
Interests: As a former corporate executive, business owner and management consultant, John Agno has personally coached executives, business owners and mentored professional coaches for many years. He is a certified executive and business coach and has written self-coaching books along with coaching tips to targeted audiences. Personal coaching helps clients build their leadership capability and get to where they want to be in their life and career.
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The task of building a business from the ground up is enormously challenging. There are many elements at play--but when building for growth is imperative, the most important and often least understood is the personality of the builder or founder.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader's job. And that job's not getting any easier. Experienced human resource professionals and consultants, Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem, share their 30+ years of first-hand experience in their completely revised... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Leaders can't succeed if they aren't good communicators---and more often than not, leaders don't even know that their communication skills need polishing. After all, who's going to tell them? In many cases, the skills that get leaders to the top... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Today's workforce, especially Millennials, want to be intellectually stimulated and emotionally engaged. As the authors reveal in "Leading with Vision" to explore corporate vision as a key leadership principle, this requires a new approach to leadership. Leading with Vision draws... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Everyone has potential to grow, but not every person has the potential to lead a large, complex organization in the near and distant future. It's now clear that businesses might need to be transformed more than once in a leader's... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
"Ithaca," published in 1911 about getting where you think you want to go. Always in your mind keep Ithaca. To arrive there is your destiny. But do not hurry your trip in any way, Better that it last for many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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There are two kinds of people, asserts author Steve Chandler: victims and owners. Be an owner. You'll learn numerous techniques for breaking down negative barriers and letting go of the pessimistic thoughts that prevent you from fulfilling, or even allowing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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After her husband died suddenly, Sheryl Sandberg grieved, as anyone would. What she did next was a little more unusual, and very much in the Silicon Valley spirit of problem-solving. As she grasped for answers, Facebook’s chief operating officer reached... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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On a daily basis, leaders face challenges both large and small and they must decide if they will follow their ego-centered inclinations or lead for the good of everyone? Will the community benefit or suffer? In his inspiring book, "LEAD... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Masters co-founder Bobby Jones offered a warning: "No putt is short enough to be despised," he once said. By the time Sergio Garcia arrived at Augusta last week he was largely a forgotten figure. But he had a secret weapon:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. But by doing this, organizations often abandon the "crown jewels" that built the organization, setting their sights instead on reinventing the future... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Facing a high-stakes decision can be overwhelming. How can we trust that our own preconceptions and mental shortcuts aren't directing our attention away from unfamiliar, yet viable opportunities? "PROBLEM SOLVED" is a powerful system for making complex decisions with confidence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Most leaders love to be strategical, problem-solve and talk about resources, yet hate dealing with people problems. Relationships and people are messy, touchy, and intangible. However, author Diana Jones has discovered that real executive presence results from "blending personal experiences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
We live in an evolving economic environment, one in which job security and career certainty are distant memories. At any moment, life can throw you a jolt--whether it's an opportunity or an obstacle--that causes a shift in thinking. "Either way,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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In all of the existing books on sales and generations, there is little research on how sales organizations should prepare to effectively leverage the skills and talents of multiple generations. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Labor, Millennials... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
"When they get to own a P&L or become the CEO, in many cases executives are rusty at strategy or have never even been given a set of tools to set strategy," says management consultant Tim Lewko. In "MAKING BIG... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Courageous leaders align their values with their behaviors. Being aware of who you truly are and what you want to be to others is critical to knowing when taking a stand is necessary. Values are the driving motivation behind our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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More than fifty years after the start of the modern Women's Movement, women in the United States are still not "making it" in traditional male careers. Women start their careers in numbers comparable to men but as they move up the career ladder, they are severely underrepresented at every level,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Career Women Coaching
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"Warm and fuzzy" works well for internet memes--not for management advice. Yet, too much of what's written about improving performance in companies treats "the soft stuff" in a soft way. Authors Colin Price and Sharon Toye, argue, "It's time to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Getting to the Story You've established the critical insights and how those insights will be based on our understanding of the limitations of working memory. You have simplified the argument by managing down quality and by "decomplexifying." You have assembled... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Success isn't about being perfect and always making the right choices. Successful management is the result of understanding and accepting your own humanity. Then you can become a truly successful leader. Then you can become perfect in your own imperfection.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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What "High Potential" Means Now Everyone has potential to grow, but not everyone, has the potential to lead a large, complex organization in the near and distant future. Today's high potential leaders, or "hipos," must be able to identify the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
According to the Pollfish Valentine's Day National Survey — a survey of 1,000 American consumers by Pollfish [www.pollfish.com], the world's leading self-service mobile survey and market research platform — men are 1.6x as likely as women to buy expensive gifts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Ask, Know, Do
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Many of us are focused on the wrong approach to reach our goals and improve our lives. We don't need to get more than what we already have. We just need to learn to use what we have. There are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
After going to see "HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL" at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago last weekend, I was glad that I had read The Hamilton Affair and The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton before the on stage performance. Hope you too enjoy the Hamilton play and/or books that illustrate true leadership to the birth of the United States of America.
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