Why Do You Do It?

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One of the most common questions I get from people is, “Why do you do what you do?” They’re genuinely curious why I’ve dedicated my life to executive coaching and podcasting. And it’s a valid question. Especially nowadays when there are thousands of coaches and new podcasts springing up every month. The answer is simple… […]

Leadership LIVE! 2023

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Yesterday marked the start of a new program I am offering. I call it Leadership LIVE! It is a one-hour workshop, totally free to attend. During the workshop, I and a special guest will be talking about hot topics in business and management. If you join in, we’ll take questions and do some on-the-spot coaching […]

What is Servant Leadership and Why Should I care?

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If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a bad boss, you know that it can be a real drag. They micromanage, they yell at you, and they don’t listen to your ideas. And if it’s not the boss themselves who are making things difficult, it’s their lack of leadership that leads to a […]

Leadership: Finding a Good Fit

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Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to identify “good fit” during their hiring process. Candidate selection is driven by the magical, mystical notion of making a good fit decision. First Steps Clearly, the first step usually involves matching job description requirements with the candidate’s stated background experience. Right away, the matching process […]

What Is Professional Presence and How Can I Achieve It?

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What Exactly Is Presence? Presence is letting the most powerful version of yourself shine through. I like to cite the renowned leadership expert Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who defines “presence” as a combination of gravitas, communication, and appearance. Together, these elements form an impression of trustworthiness, competence, and authenticity. Gravitas is signaling that you have the […]

An Easy Strategy for Making Better Decisions

At year-end, we all begin the process of making decisions about the new year. This is especially true if you own a business or are responsible for a work team inside a larger enterprise. It’s been well documented that highly successful people tend to make decisions quickly – and they rarely change their minds. Do […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

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Here’s a simple note to say THANK YOU. You are loved. I appreciate each and every one of you who follows my blog or listens to my podcast. YOU are the reason I do what I do to help equip better leaders.

I Don’t Know What He/She Does

There are no words that ring more sadly in our work world than when a boss is asked about an employee and says those words. I know. It happened to me once. I had just completed a 19-month assignment leading a large team of professionals through a tough assignment. We were geographically split and tasked […]

Change the Climate Before You Try Changing the Culture

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Recently, during a weekend of watching college football, I heard a commentator describe a situation at one school’s athletic program. Though the university is a good one, the football program had been mired for years in mediocre success, often barely rising about a 500 season (win half, lose half). Two years ago a new coach […]

6 Great Questions to Lead Your Team

Being a leader requires the ability to build rapport with your team. Those following you must have good reason to do so. Every time you have a one-on-one, you have a big opportunity to add to and build that individual rapport.