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Unlocking some secrets about executive coaching

Unlocking some secrets about executive coaching

Nearly everything we do has numerous paths to deliver a result. Executive coaching is no exception. While there aren’t hard and fast rules to define a successful coach-client relationship, there are some worthwhile things to consider before working with a coach....

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Crush the fear of rapid decision making

Crush the fear of rapid decision making

Leaders are required to make decisions and deliver results. When we face a problem, we make decisions, we act, and we succeed, fail, and sometimes learn. As we reflect on a decision, we often find that the decision and subsequent actions were available to us early in...

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Recognizing your go-to people

Recognizing your go-to people

Photo credit: Simon Migaj for stocksnap.io   We may not spend much time thinking about it, but every leader has go-to people on their team whom they count on to get things done. What does a go-to person look like? You know they will move mountains to solve a problem....

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A case for the non-obvious hire

A case for the non-obvious hire

Early in my career, I was searching for a hands-on IT pro to support a migration from a single desktop to a fully-networked, SAP-enabled location. The HR director led the search, and we interviewed several candidates. We had a difference of opinion on the final two....

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Creating value with less noise

Creating value with less noise

Lately, I've noticed more cars with after-market upgrades that make them significantly noisier, but little else. A similar thing happens at work when extroverts drown out introverts in meetings. In Texas, all hat and no cattle describes things and people that generate...

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Tame the tough discussion

Tame the tough discussion

A CEO once asked me, “Is there anything you are afraid of?” My quick reply, “Not at work.” As I recall, he just shook his head. Upon reflection, my response was an unintended exaggeration. The reality is that I’ve had my share of fears at work, but having difficult...

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