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David Peck
David is a Principal and Senior Executive Coach at Goodstone Group, a global coaching firm. He's author of “Beyond Effective: Practices in Self-aware Leadership,” and is a former SVP/Divisional COO of Charles Schwab & Company, Inc, after which he did his leadership coaching training at Georgetown University. David and his family reside in the Bay Area. His Recovering Leader blog spans over 8 years and more than 650 posts on leadership. He tweets regularly @recoveringleadr.

Entries by David Peck

Leading Well: Know When and How to Be Tough

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:00 PM

A tough message and tone -- used sparingly, privately and deliberately -- is a necessary leadership tool. If as a manager or leader you haven't yet honed your skills around a "sharp edge" that suits you, you're probably overly nice or overly critical. Both can cause problems for you and...

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15 Exercises to Pump Up Your Leadership Skills

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 4:54 PM

You take yourself to the gym... so why not strengthen your leadership "muscles" too?

Coaching executives and aspiring leaders across many roles, industries and geographies over many years, I've prepped for you a quick-hit list of 15 exercises to help build your leadership muscles. For each one,...

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Lead Well: How to Avoid Making Your Best People Care Less

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Whether you lead a team of two or 2,000, it's likely you've noticed the value of hiring and retaining capable, self-motivated people. Yet it's all too common--and completely avoidable--that you inadvertently do little things that may de-motivate your "go to" people in big ways. Here are ten life-tested watch list...

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You're Paying Them Too Much to Think for Them

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 3:00 PM

We've all worked for a "My way or the highway!" manager at some point. Perhaps it builds character, but it certainly diminishes an organization's capacity to achieve its best. In fact, the leaders who promote sustainable achievements challenge their people to think and act for themselves.

Case in point: An...

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The Magic Formula for Distraction Subtraction

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Sharply focused teams tend to deliver results effectively. Those who take on too many things tend to melt down. Sounds simple, but in this distracted world, it's an issue in most organizations.

Is everyone on your team aware of your short list of key priorities? If I asked them, could...

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One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25-

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:39 PM

A 75/25 balance between a positive and negative outlook is ideal, according to experts in Emotional Intelligence -- our glass should be "3/4 full" rather than half full or half empty.

Yet the daily avalanche of wireless and live workplace interactions seems to support the half empty, negative outlook....

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How to Choose Work That Works for You - Infographic

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Work that works for you -- and those you love -- is a matter of selection, tenacity and patience rather than luck. Find the intersection of the following five circles, keeping in mind the three outside factors. Select well, stick with it, and be patient. Over time, don't settle for...

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Loving Your Job: Are You a Starter, Builder, Fixer, or Runner?

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:33 PM

You spend the majority of your time at work solving problems. It makes sense then that your long term career success and happiness depend on knowing -- and selecting roles that focus on -- the type of problems you enjoy the most. Use that to guide your career and you...

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What Is U.S. Leadership at Iraq's Rock Bottom?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:43 PM

The eruption of war -- again -- in Iraq has called into question -- again -- America's "leadership" in that region. That there wasn't a sustainably stable structure in Iraq is likely both failure and inevitability. Tearing themselves apart, now, they are arguably getting to rock bottom. Where Iraqis take...

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Leaker or Leader? Edward Snowden Claims Victory

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 6:17 PM

In an interview last week with NBC's Brian Williams, NSA secret-leaker Edward Snowden set himself a low bar and claimed success: His leaks, he said, have gotten us talking about these important issues. Mission accomplished? Let's think about that...

2014-06-01-williamsandsnowden.jpg While Snowden has...

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52 Leadership Strengths You Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Every time I start coaching someone, I interview 8-12 of their colleagues to gain good perspective on their real-world strengths and development areas. Over the last 10 years, I've collected thousands, and recently analyzed them to look for common themes. Here's what you need to know:

They fell into four...

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Don't Block Your Executive Presence on Email

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:58 PM

Building executive presence (EP) is a hot topic from cubicle to corner office. A dash of swagger and reading the room when face to face are crucial; but how do you demonstrate EP on email? After all, the majority of our workaday communication involves hitting SEND. EP-busting email habits are...

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Being a Jerk Isn't Sustainable Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:33 PM

If you want to be a lasting leader, you need to get good at both the "what" and the "how."

The "what" -- the results -- are the minimum stakes of leadership. If you can't deliver, you're not going to last. The "how" -- how you treat others and...

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Martin Luther King's Leadership Lessons

(17) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, and Nelson Mandela after him, showed us the way from weakness and division to strength in unity.

He challenged and inspired us to reach deeper within ourselves, despite ourselves, for our best, which sometimes is, simply,...

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Resolution-free Career Self-coaching Practice to Kick Off 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Here's a brief and fun self-coaching practice on career development and professional fulfillment to kick off the new year... and don't worry, I'm not going to suggest any "resolutions!"

Find some quiet time this week to reflect and make a few notes on the following three themes:

1. Compass...

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10 Big Leadership Weaknesses

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:27 PM

President Obama's recent festival of apologies over the bumpy start to underlines why it's important to know and manage the more typical reasons leaders fall down. Such faults point us to better leadership, and better leaders can make a better world. This is a key premise of my work...

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Crowdsourcing Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:57 PM

As an executive coach, I often work with clients who want to make a bigger difference in their organization and/or the world. Fostering and tapping into a mindset of ownership is the most powerful way to do that. Here's how.

The majority of people in any organization have plenty to...

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Taking on the Minor Petty Tyrant at the Office

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:48 PM

You know the person at work who can walk in and derail a meeting, get way under your skin and drive you to distraction, or inflicts fear/loathing in others? If you do, you may have a minor petty tyrant ("MPT") for a colleague, and it's good to understand your choices...

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What Happened to My Boss?

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:33 PM

As a leader, if you're hard to reach, difficult to read, aloof, distant, or simply slow to respond to your people, you're creating four types of problems for your organization:

  • Your people tend to respond in kind, curbing their information flow to you, compromising your own ability to make good...
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Who's Your Career Sponsor?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Even for the brightest and most self-sufficient of us, navigating the jungle gym from young professional to the top job takes many helping hands.

While mentors and coaches are well-known career accelerators, researcher/author Sylvia Ann Hewlett has brought to light another effective -- and until recently less clear -- ingredient...

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