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Frank Faeth
Workplace cultures are living breathing organisms that adhere to unwritten rules. They have a vibe, a way of being.  As an executive coach, one of the biggest mistakes I see leaders make when taking on a new role is crashing into a culture. They think and act like they know what everyone needs, but they don’t...
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It happens slowly over time, like the air seeping out of a tire. The hiss of the hum lulls you into a state of complacency. Before you know it, your most ambitious goals, once firmly within reach, are fading fast. Without realizing it, you’ve adopted and animated attitudes and actions that knocked you off track...
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If you are like most leaders, these past months have been difficult. Back-to-back virtual meetings have burned leaders out and ignited an inferno of introspection. Questions are ensuing: What do I want and why? Am I happy?  What is important? As leaders grapple with these questions, they are also asking: How do I want to...
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How do I see myself? How do I see the world and my place in it? What is important to me? What makes me happy? These are the questions leaders are grappling in the wake of a pandemic and amidst an epidemic of burnout. The book, “The Courage to Be Disliked,” written by Fumitake Koga...
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No one likes to be disliked. The irony is that in our mad scramble to avoid feeling rejected, we hijack our own happiness, according to the book “The Courage to be Disliked,” which is a short read that will leave you thinking for a long time. In the book by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi,...
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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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