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Posts Tagged ‘professionalism’

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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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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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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Swim To The Deep End

In a recent coaching call with a manager, I was reminded of how easy it is to conform your thinking to your environment. For her, she described her specialty practice and that her clients are in a regional reach. Her enthusiasm was infectious and I was drawn to her storyline. But as we talked, my […]

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Coached To Accelerate

As part of my firm-wide program to raise up high performers, I schedule coaching calls with individuals that the firm wants to invest in. I recently completed a bank of calls for a firm and, reflecting on them, I noticed that the conversations seemed to fall into three distinct categories. Some professionals were actively pursuing […]

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Balance Both Sides

In order to be a high-functioning professional in your firm, you must demonstrate both technical and professional capabilities. Those are two sides of the same coin. Early in your career, technical mastery is predominant. But as you progress in your career, your professional capabilities are more necessary. Your technical competence is so much easier to […]

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Lessons About Satisfaction

I just returned from Las Vegas where I facilitated a firm leaders conference. It is an annual event where a group of partners from around the U.S. meet to discuss leadership in their firms and confer with each other for advice and guidance. It was an exceptional conference and one that inspired and equipped them […]

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Commit To Think Strategically

Last week’s message [hyperlink] about the importance of learning to think and act strategically led to numerous responses that were insightful. While I responded to each one individually, one responder raised a great question I’d like you to see. He asked if there were people who just didn’t have the ability to think strategically. Referencing […]

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