The Leadership Coach: Great leaders take things personally.

Published: August 27, 2013

    Does your boss take things personally? If you are like most people that probably sounds like a bad thing. Many people in the United States hate their boss, so any opportunity to criticize the emerging leader is just fine. We hate it when bosses micromanage us, we hate it when bosses tell us […]

Organizational Training: Teams make smart organizations

Published: August 16, 2013

How do you make a smart organization? Is it enough for the CEO to be an extremely brainy guy? Not in my opinion. The smart organization not only has good decision-making power, it also has excellent experience, and it also has the ability to spread knowledge through all levels of the organization. The smart organization […]

The Leadership Coach: Patience is an Achievement

Published: August 13, 2013

The focus of the leader ought to be on changing the state of the world for the long term. This is a big order. A leader must work through other people, and frequently faces resistance, limited resources, and short-term crises. To keep that long-term vision, a leader must have patience. Patience is an achievement. It […]

Failure in Strategic Thinking: a Leadership Development Plan

Published: August 9, 2013

A recent study of work habits revealed that 80% of executives studied do not feel they have enough time for strategic thinking or creative thinking. Leadership requires innovative thinking. An organization cannot continue working indefinitely on programs established five years ago. Someone must think about the future; someone must suggest a course of action. You […]

Who is that with the Customers? An Executive Coach Perspective

Published: August 6, 2013

What is the leader doing taking care of customers? The naïve view is that leaders have nothing to do with customers: that’s what they hire other people for! A more sophisticated view would inform you that leaders make sure that customers are taken care of well – or they are not doing their job! Set […]

A Leadership Skill: X Ray Vision for Greatness

Published: July 30, 2013

Superman has x-ray vision. He can see if an opponent had a knife or another dangerous weapon – not that they would do much good against him – but he would never be surprised by what’s in the pocket of an adversary. He can see the physical resources that other people bring with them. Like […]

Leadership coach: Taking a Bigger Risk (part 2)

Published: July 19, 2013

How much risk can a leader take? (This essay is continued from July 16, Leadership Coach: Taking a Bigger Risk part 1). Past experience with risk usually sets a limit. Real breakthroughs in performance are uncommon. Much more common is for a person to stretch – by meaningful ratio – past performance levels. If a […]

Leadership coach: Taking a Bigger Risk (part 1)

Published: July 16, 2013

  Great leaders take risks. They act on insufficient information and they commit expensive resources into decisions that must be made. They are known for being decisive. At the same time, leaders pause. They reflect on what’s going on, they stare into the face of complexity, and they settled their own center before taking a […]

Leadership Skill: Find Passion through Work

Published: July 12, 2013

It seems like a paradox doesn’t it? Why would someone be passionate about their work? Yet I believe that helping people discover passion in the way they work is part of the leader’s challenge. Work ought to be liberating, empowering and thrilling. If you work near a great leader you may find work so engrossing […]

Public Speaker: A universe you can laugh at

Published: July 9, 2013

      Just for fun, imagine that everyone you talk to is provided for your amusement. Imagine, the stage of life has been set up as one continuous Marx Brothers comedy. Want to enjoy the fun? Pay attention to the dialogue so that you can get the joke. Finding Funny is a Leadership Skill […]

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