One of the first action items I suggest when coaching leaders is to assess the team they manage. We look at the members from every aspect — experience, technical skills, people and thought leadership, potential, and risk. From this comes a strategy on how to retain, advance, and enhance the individuals and the team. [Read more…]
Much can be learned from parenting. I’m always amazed at how seemingly good parents find it hard to apply those skills with their employees. As a successful parent, you are… [Read more…]
When children are of a certain age (around three years), they frequently say “no.” It’s their way of showing independence, establishing a sense of self, and a means of testing separation from caregivers.
Why in later years do so many adults have difficulty saying “no” to supervisors, customers, colleagues, children, partners, and even to people they hardly know? [Read more…]
I’m not quick to tell anyone to leave their job, especially on impulse. While the job market for leaders and professionals is quite good, not all matches are perfect, and search, engagement, and launch takes time, which could ultimately cost you money. That said, here are some things to consider. [Read more…]
Is it the time of the year, a mood we get in, or are we constantly being pushed to move forward? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with eyeing the future, only asking if we are depriving ourselves of some important information and sense of satisfaction that might be essential to our professional or personal growth and happiness? [Read more…]
What if I told you that as a manager / leader / boss / group head, you have enormous power and influence over whether your employees stay or quit. What if I said you could prevent employees from quitting? What would you say?
My guess is it would be something like, “The budget is the budget and I have no way of giving someone more money.” Or, “I don’t make the rules or set the strategy — it’s beyond my control.” You might be right about your lack of influence but where you are mistaken is thinking that the company mission or employee compensation are the reasons most people quit their jobs. [Read more…]
No use fixing the roof if the foundation is crumbling. The same could be said for the training and development of staff in a broken organization. Too much time, money and energy is spent in the workplace touting sporadic and conflicting training of mid and entry-level employees. I am not referring to skills learning, for that is [Read more…]
One of the ongoing questions for executives today is how to prove your value. Many of my executive coaching clients, who work at various levels and in numerous sectors, lament the fact they do not feel, or are not recognized for, the value they bring to their group, direct reports, and the organization. [Read more…]
What are the traits of great leaders? A number of my executive coaching clients are either trending towards, or are already in, significant leadership roles. There is also another group of smart individuals who aspire to such positions.
Leading doesn’t have just one aspect. There are thought leaders, people leaders, bad times and good times leaders, as well as those great with start-ups, and others who thrive in more mature environments, product leaders, and culture drivers, to name just a few. Not everyone is good at all of them and not every position [Read more…]
More than a few times this month an executive coaching client of mine said, “I wish I knew where I stood with my boss and how I am viewed by other decision makers.” I’m sure a number of other people were seeking feedback and thinking the same thing, though they may not have expressed it so specifically.
My simple answer is, “ask.”
The question that follows is, “How?” and “When?” [Read more…]