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Frank Faeth
The Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) movement is instilling a sense of urgency in forward-thinking enterprises to show their stakeholders — Wall Street, customers and employees — how fast they can do the right thing. For businesses looking to lead on ESG, leadership development can give them an edge. What is character? Funny enough,...
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A #MeToo Moment for Workplace Bullies?
Smashing hands. Throwing staplers. Calling staff names. Movie-maker and Broadway producer, Scott Rudin, is the consummate workplace bully. His behavior was egregious and made headlines. But, bullying isn’t always so obvious. Excessive criticism, maniacal micro-managing, jokes at someone else’s expense and unrealistic deadlines qualify too, according to the Devadoss Law Firm. Another example is promising promotions in...
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Beat Leadership Burnout in 5 Steps
Marie Curie discovered radium. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And, Herbert Freudenberger realized and related to the world that humans experience burnout. According to Freudenberger, who was a psychoanalyst, there are three types of exhaustion/burnout: Emotional exhaustion – Fatigue from caring too much, for too long. De-personalization – Depletion of empathy, caring and compassion… Decreased sense...
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Strategic leadership
I had a client whose boss told him he wanted him to think more strategically. He was engrossed in the grindstone of managing the risk department, not giving much thought to what was next for the future of risk management. His remedy was to hide away for a couple of days and to re-emerge with a...
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The Delegation Dilemma
Learning how to delegate is nothing short of an existential-crisis for some leaders. Upon being pressed to delegate more, leaders’ minds can flood with fear-fueled questions: What if they do it wrong and embarrass me? Conversely, what if they do it better than me? As managers, we fear when an employee fails to complete something...
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The Secret to Gold Medal Leadership
Like professional athletes and actors use visualization to improve their performance, senior executives can also benefit from visualization to sharpen their leadership skills. To be clear, visualization is not to be confused with manifestation. I’m not talking about the ability to make your dreams come true by envisioning them. Visualization is the act of rehearsing...
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6 ways to get the most out of Executive Coaching
Executive coaching can be a life-changing experience for leaders. It’s an opportunity to advance to the next level of leadership and to improve the quality of your life. That is, if leaders can let go of resistance to change and come prepared to grow. To make the most of your coaching experience, your mindset matters....
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Are you living life or is life living you?
As an executive coach, I can honestly say I have never seen my clients so scattered. Social distancing is melting the boundaries between home and work. Zipping from one Zoom call to the next while simultaneously tending to family has subsumed that much needed quiet time executives used to have on the train. It’s no...
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6 Signs You Need to Boost Your EQ
IQ gets you a leadership position, but emotional intelligence (EQ) helps to ensure you keep it, as I recently explained in the introduction of the T principle. According to a MHS study, EQ is three times more likely than IQ to predict career success. Yet, most executives new to leadership are thrashing about in the deep-end of...
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Navigating the “T” transition to leadership
As a successful executive, you knew exactly what you needed to do to get where you are today. You acquired degrees, mastered the needed skills and accumulated the relevant experiences. Hard skills often come easy to executives and carry them far. But, at some point, IQ alone is not enough to ascend to leadership. Emotional...
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