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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 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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Get Real TED: Leading with Authenticity
As an executive coach, I’ve watched my fair share of TED Talks. Have you ever noticed how integral the audience’s reactions are to creating the whole TED Talk ambiance? TED Talkers must rehearse for hours on end to trigger those perfectly spaced responses from the audience. All the laughs, oh’s and ah’s emanating from the...
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3 Questions to Ask Before Speaking Up
The art of speaking up is a skill that a lot of executives struggle to master in ordinary times, let alone when everyone is trying to adapt to the cultural mores of videoconference calls. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong group of people can carry heady consequences for executives. Fear of how others...
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7 Practices of Compassionate Leaders
Why do some leaders seem to possess a natural knack for putting people at ease in unsettling times? When everything is up in the air, leaders who excel in a crisis use compassion as a grounding force and guiding light. Compassionate leaders have high emotional intelligence and display a combination of empathy, integrity, forgiveness, kindness...
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This article was first published by HR Executive Online on April 10, 2013.  Mike Rice, the former men’s basketball coach for Rutgers University, has been plastered and chastised in the media for exhibiting abusive behavior toward his players that included homophobic slurs. After a fine and three-game suspension four months ago, he was fired when...
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talented team members
Management has always professed that people are a company’s most valuable asset.  However, demonstrations of that belief are hard to find.  A leader who wants to grow human capital needs to apply approaches identified in a University of North Carolina Executive Development ideas@work article. Based on their research, here are the straightforward approaches the three...
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Last week I wrote about the positive correlation between a leader’s character and financial returns.  This week I discuss the value of a compassionate leader.  Similarly, Christina Boedker of the Australian School of Business found a ‘positive link between productivity and compassionate leadership.’ She found the ‘greatest influence on profitability and productivity is the ability...
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I have the pleasure of knowing Fred Kiel, founder of the international coaching and leadership firm KRW.  Fred is well-known for his books on Moral Intelligence.  Just recently he presented at TEDxBGI, during which he showed that leadership character demonstrably leads to higher financial returns.  Moreover, he gave us clear criteria for what constitutes character...
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With Super Bowl LXVII fast approaching, it made me wonder about what makes a group of individuals perform as a superb team. Tom Landry, famed coach of the Dallas Cowboys, said “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so...
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