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Executive Coaching

The Hard Truth About the Current State of Soft Skills in the U.S.

Laura Berger | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Laura Berger

The tradeoff between hard and soft skills appear to be most at play in professional capacities such as accounting, finance and law, where people are trained and hired for their extreme analytical capabilities.

Leadership in Real Life: Trade Form for Substance

Edward Muzio | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

Sooner or later, they're going to catch you picking your nose. Well, maybe not. Maybe you'll be fishing your keys out of a storm drain, or talking t...

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

David Peck | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
David Peck

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 items to make sure that as a leader, you're not making your best people care less.

It's Not IQ Versus Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Daniel Goleman

The CEO of one of the world's largest financial companies told me, "I hire the best and brightest -- but I still get a bell curve for performance." Why aren't the smartest MBAs from top schools all highly successful on the job?

Learning About Effective Leadership by Rappelling Waterfalls

Laura Berger | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Laura Berger

In executive coaching, I have clients hurtling themselves toward a goal. They want to get "there" no matter what. Then there are the adrenaline junkies who enjoy the risk of chaos, taking pride in not needing methods and plans.

Emma Watson's Inspirational UN Speech: 4 Lessons For Anyone Who Wants To Speak As A Leader

Bart Egnal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Bart Egnal

Anyone who wishes to speak as a leader would be wise to read the transcript of her talk and watch the videos of her delivering in.

How Women Can Learn to Stand in Their Power -- and How Men and Companies Can Help Them

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

I think it's high time that we move beyond belaboring the challenges, and instead focus on real solutions that can help free women from this pervasive double standard in Corporate America.

Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.

You're Paying Them Too Much to Think for Them

David Peck | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
David Peck

Directive versus delegative is a key distinction between manager and leader, one that, with some practice on her part, helped her and her team deliver their best results.

The Magic Formula for Distraction Subtraction

David Peck | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
David Peck

Keep your own (and your team's) focus as clear as a bell: Choose, transmit and filter your way to achieve results, and your team will be more likely than not to stay on track and execute effectively.

3 Steps for Dealing With Drama Kings and Queens at the Office

Mike Harden | Posted 11.05.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

These people do more than drain the collective energy of their teams and organizations; they draw on their resources as well, costing billions in lost productivity.

A Five-Step Action Plan for Women to Land a Board Seat

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Rebecca Shambaugh

Many women miss the boat because they don't understand the steps to take early in their careers to best position themselves for board membership. Here are five practical steps you can start taking today to increase your future chances of getting on a public company board...

What Will You Choose to Wear Today: Faith or Fear?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

But just like every problem hypothetically is supposed to have a solution, fear also has an antidote, which is known as faith.

Why Aren't More Women Landing Board Seats?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

Whatever the primary reason behind the disturbing gap, there are concrete ways that women can better prepare themselves for board membership to overcome both of these perceived obstacles.

The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work

Marina Illich, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Marina Illich, Ph.D.

Let's remind ourselves of a simple fact: Joy is our birthright. Joy is not an externality. It's not something we can afford to dip into when time or bandwidth permit. It is a cornerstone of our power as influencers, visionaries and creative agents of change.

Put Your $$ Where Your Mouth Is!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In terms of liking the coach -- I have never seen a study that showed that clients' love of a coach was highly correlated with their change in behavior. In fact, if coaches become too concerned with being loved by their clients -- they may not provide honest feedback when it is needed.

Islands of Safety: The Inconsistent Sea, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

Directly in front of the library of my Florida college campus was a huge tree offering plenty of year round shade. The grass was soft enough to sit on...

Top 10 Ways to Attract High Paying Clients

Nancy Michaels | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Nancy Michaels

With summer drawing to a close, it is time to get your focus back on growing your business. Fall is a great time to re-energize and recharge. Here are ways to fine tune the fine art of attracting and retaining high paying clients.

Which Tech Companies Are Ahead of the Curve in Women's Leadership?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

While it will clearly take some time before such strategies result in widespread change throughout the industry, here are some companies that are off to a good start.

How Mindfulness Makes You Powerful

Marina Illich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Marina Illich, Ph.D.

If you find yourself seeking power so you can have more influence or a better advantage, or feel more in control, consider this: Power doesn't come from doing more, better or faster. Power comes from a state of presence. And mindfulness brings you there.

Think Before You Speak!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Thinking before speaking is a challenge for a lot of people. It might even be hard for you, especially if you are trying to prove to the world how sma...

You Are the Chief Executive, But... Are You Coachable?

Terri Wallin | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Remember many of us are great at noticing weaknesses, particularly in others. But we are less capable of noticing when someone has changed and flipped a weakness into strength. It might take time for others to notice the difference, but over time, they will.

The Magnification Effect: Minimizing Your Hidden Cost as an Executive or Manager

Edward Muzio | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

This amusing (or depressing) anecdote is more than just a reminder to proofread your emails. It's a case study in the magnification effect of senior leadership.

Our Values Show the Way

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

The choice between saving lives and preserving our own careers may be clear enough. However, in many cases, the gap between competing values may not be as wide.

Leadership Is a Contact Sport!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

My career as an executive coach began many years ago with a phone call from the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. I had just given a leadership clinic to ...