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What makes coaching successful? Success is often attributed to mutual chemistry, technique, and readiness to learn. I agree that those are important ingredients in the process. But in reality, they are steps to achieving results. And that's what we're looking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at All Things Workplace
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Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at All Things Workplace
Here are some thought-provoking statistics from an article in the UK's Management Issues. "Research by UK performance improvement consultants Maritz has found that almost one in five of us (19 per cent) have never been thanked for our efforts at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Everyone wants to have influence; not everyone wants to build the relationships that enable it. There's a natural flow to being influential. Influence goes hand in hand with agreements. If you want to persuade someone to take a particular course... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Right now, you are either thinking about or designing an idea, product, service, or process. Yet most of us don't view ourselves as designers. It sounds like a specific, creative field in which we don't have formal education. But we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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When we were kids, my younger brother had to put up with teachers comparing the two of us throughout his school years. He was a star athlete, I was more of an academic. He didn't like the comparisons and neither... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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When 300 engineers at a major East Coast utility were told to re-apply for jobs in their department as part of a major reorganization, they were livid. "I've been here 18 years." (Longevity means immunity to change) "I hired the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at All Things Workplace
Bay, It's so good to *see* you again and hear your thoughts on leaders coaching. The human condition never ceases to fascinate. When "executive coaches" first appeared on the scene, every leader had to have one. It was the thing to do and you weren't worth your salt unless you could say you had a coach. As with so many leadership trends, it ultimately became just that: the "trend du jour". We (consultant/coaches) are still spending lots of time coaching with those who are committed to their own development, but it still can be a struggle to have a leader do the same with the folks "below". (There are many reasons--including "time"--that are given for the hesitancy to coach. That's legitimate until you do the "developmental math" that shows the payoff). Perhaps "Remember even the top sportspeople have coaches!" is the line that would nudge a hesitant leader to move forward. I like that one a lot.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2015 on Do Your Leaders Coach? at All Things Workplace
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There's an incongruity between time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles about bad bosses. Maybe its' time to re-visit the definition of "bad." Here's why: People do that for which they are rewarded. Period. I've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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That isn't a "gotcha" question. It's simply a direct one. Regardless of the job title, if we're responsible for how other people perform then we're responsible for how they learn to perform even better. One of the things we now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Leaders do have to tell people exactly what to do when a person isn't yet competent--and confident--about the task or assignment. (The whole "leader" thing isn't just about high-concept and vision). But how do you develop managers who are knowledgeable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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If you've ever wondered what executive coaches really do that adds great value, it's this: We create a relationship that enables our client to clearly see reality. Life isn't a part of business; business is a part of life. So,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.--Abraham Lincoln We never outgrow our need to be persuasive. Managers have to persuade employees to "get on board" with a new idea or change;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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The notion of Employee Engagement has been with us for a while now. I noticed in a meeting last week that everyone was passionate when we started discussing "engagement". But the longer we talked, the less I was convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Last week I was discussing the Hawthorne Effect during a speech on performance. It led to a lively Q&A, so I thought I'd re-visit this post from December, 2009. The original experiment and its impact on management and human behavior... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Beginnings make a huge difference. Meetings offer a perfect example. I was working with a VP who started off her 3-day, first quarter meeting with a 20 minute introduction. In that 20 minutes she crisply and energetically laid out: The... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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"Developing Others" ranks dead last on just about every organizational skill level survey with which I've been involved or have read. It's not because people lack awareness of its importance; quite the contrary. It's because development takes time. It involves... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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You and I come up with some pretty wonderful ideas, which--for some strange reason--aren't immediately embraced by those around us. So what's our natural response? It's usually to start making statements in defense of our position, which then leads to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry. So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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Influential people create compelling images. But of what? Of the benefits those around them will gain from the ideas they propose. They take time to let us know what we'll see, hear, and feel. You can do this, too. Take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at All Things Workplace
Greetings, Robert I think your comment is a wonderful blog post itself! What I'm noticing more and more is your mention of price and quality being available from multiple sources. Clients who once sold on value now have to compete on price and figure out how to add to the equation through service and long-term relationships. This means that "who" they are over the long run means more than "what" they sell.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on Consistency and Trust at All Things Workplace
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"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say." That line was spoken by an associate to a speaker at a recent business business event we attended. The interaction between the speaker and the audience was totally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at All Things Workplace
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This Post appeared earlier and was requested by a long-time subscriber. You want to be creative and breed creativity in your workplace, right? Do you consider yourself to be "creative?" I was just talking with my cousin, Len, a long-time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at All Things Workplace
Hello there, Robert, Thanks for adding helpful and do-able thoughts to the subject. Personally, I always worry when I'm not hearing some buzz about what's being discussed. Some would like to believe that the participants are "totally on board and don't need to ask any questions." I think you'll agree that the situation is usually just the opposite!
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