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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

Cool Tool for Being a Better Boss

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Consider feedback I collected from a client's team several years ago: "I don't get the impression he's aware of how he comes across to others," and, "I don't think he's tuned in to how harsh or dismissive he can be."

It's normal to hear doubts from my client when I...

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Read the Room! 4 Keys to Upgrade Your Leadership Communication

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 4:17 PM

Failure to read the room is a rampant problem in many if not most workplaces -- whether we're too distracted or hurried, or too "busy," we are simply not listening to and reading each other carefully. Those who do it well find it's a powerful asset. For those who don't,...

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5 Awesome Questions Great Bosses Ask Their People

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:45 PM

• What can I do to help us work together more effectively?

• Is there anything that I'm not noticing or paying enough attention to that I should know?

• What should I know about your workload that would be helpful to you?

• Is there anything I'm doing --...

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Work Life: 3 Ways to Do More Better

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 5:29 PM

If you run anything from a two-person team to a large organization, "doing more with less" isn't just an annoying cliché; it's reality. Until AI's and robots are running the world, we humans are called upon to be ever more scalable, which boils down to three related themes:

1) Increasing...

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How Successful Executives Manage Worry

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Worry is a killer--over time it harms our health and emotional well-being. It doesn't solve problems, nor does it make us better, faster, or more effective. Yet studies have shown our capacity to worry evolved in tandem with our intelligence.

That means we're going to worry.

So what do successful...

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Trump's Biggest Leadership Idea Is Not What You Think

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:26 PM

While the Donald is fond of telling us, in essence, "what got me rich will fix America," his polling popularity is reminding us of something powerful about leadership itself: Be authentic--drop the game face, masks, and caring too much about what others think. Come clean and say what you believe...

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3 Steps to Stop Letting Yourself off the Hook

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 9:54 PM

If you tend to let yourself off the hook on certain things you know you need to do, you're in great company. Selective avoidance is a time-honored trait of the most successful people. I hear it from strong executives and emerging millennial leaders alike. It sounds something like, "I know...

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Physical Leadership 101: Yah, You're Larger Than Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:43 PM

Physicality--posture, facial expressions, body language, and movement style--streams big data about what we think and feel. For leaders, that data is received by many, magnifying its impact.

Yet most lack awareness about the impact of their non-verbal messaging until or unless it gets pointed out, which may or may not...

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8 Ways to Enjoy Your Work On Most Days

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:17 PM

No matter what you do for a living, when you enjoy your work you're going to do a great job -- the best work of your career. Beyond that, you can't help but bring good energy and inspiration to family, friends, and colleagues. Put simply, this is "success" in a...

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Leading Well: Know When and How to Be Tough

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:00 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 | 3:54 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 | 8:07 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 | 2:00 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 | 12:12 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 | 3:39 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 | 12:00 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 | 1:33 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 | 6:43 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 | 5:17 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 | 1:59 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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