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Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Develop Excellence That Matters (to You)

Do you ever think about how are you establishing your professional stature? I ask this because it’s happening every day of your career through your work and interactions. I recently sat in an annual review of a manager. The partner in the meeting did a nice job of setting a positive tone, listened well and […]

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That’s Your Job

Dr. Carolyn Wiley, a Business Management professor at Roosevelt University, conducted a review of studies over a 46 year period that asked participants what motivated them in their jobs. What she found was that there was only one response at the top in all four studies: workers want to be recognized for their achievements. Her […]

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Tolerance For Languish

In some of my coaching engagements, I use a particular assessment that identifies, among other traits, a person’s natural proclivity to accept things being uncompleted. Some people don’t mind having a list of incompletes on their to-do list; others have more intensity to knock them out. This is different from procrastination, which is the inability […]

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How’s It Working For You?

Dr. Phil McGraw is a very practical, no-nonsense clinical psychologist, made famous by Oprah. His ability to cut to the real issue has given him a reputation and a daily TV show. One of his techniques is to direct the guests of his show to determine whether their behavior is getting them what they want. […]

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Give Yourself A Talking To

Every once in a while, you are faced with the fact that there’s some discipline, habit or practice you KNOW you should start or stop, but you keep delaying it. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? That’s the one I’m talking about. You know it holds you back but you just don’t […]

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Too Much To Do Antidote

You’ve heard many times people say, “I’ve got too much to do.” In fact, you have probably said it yourself. More than once. It’s a common mantra that invokes nods from everyone around because we have all been led to believe that we have too much to do. Well, here’s a novel thought: You NEVER […]

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Move On With Work-Arounds

“This is driving me CRAZY!” “Yeah, it’s an annoying quirk in the program. You can work around it by…” How many times have you dealt with blips and blurts that exist in systems and technology by finding ways to minimize their inconvenience? You do it all the time, to the point that you normalize the […]

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Take a Risk. Be Remarkable

While listening to a former coach, now a sports commentator, I was struck by a comment he made as he evaluated an inexperienced quarterback. His assessment was that the young athlete took too many risks and needed to dial it back a bit. That said, he concluded his remarks by saying, “But I would rather […]

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A Tale of Two Calls

It was the best of times, it was the worst… Oops. It’s calls, not cities. Unlike Dickens’ Tale, this one is true. Recently, I conducted two coaching calls that couldn’t be more different—best and worst. The first call was from a manager who was of the opinion that the partners’ expectations of him were beyond […]

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Follow Through or Come Through?

Every procedure, process and system is designed to produce a result. It has been tested and can be relied on to accomplish a desired end. The thinking is that if you follow the sequence or procedure, you will get the intended result. But what if you, having completed the procedure or process, still don’t get […]

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