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Are You Coaching or Just Talking?

“Hi Bill. Please have a seat. I asked you to come in because I’m starting a new program where I will be more formally coaching my direct reports. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to let you know what I’m thinking and to get an idea of your goals.” “Thank you Dave, I think that’s a great ide…” “Well Bill, the companies been in a bit of a downturn…

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Leadership Development – The Difference Between Fair and Equal

Are you treating all your employees in a fair and equal manner? These two words are often considered synonymous; Roget’s Thesaurus even lists equal as a synonym for fair, but for leaders, they are very different concepts. Suppose you have two employees, Jack and Jill. Jack has been with the company for 18 months while Jill is a more recent addition. You’ve ensured that Jack and Jill both have everything…

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Leadership Tips – The Courage to Coach

Jill[*] was a little depressed when I spoke with her. She had just started a new job and should have been happy. She wasn’t. A little probing revealed that her previous supervisor, Jack, had made some negative, and completely unexpected, comments in her final performance report. Apparently, Jack didn’t like the way Jill communicated, saying she was too direct and somewhat abrasive. Jill was especially troubled because she thought that…

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Leading High Performance Teams – Do You Understand Them?

It was an interesting question. I was enjoying breakfast with my National Speakers Association Chapter and the subject turned to team dynamics and the best ways to understand the various types of people in a group. Of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to explain the Energize2Lead Profile™ which I use in leadership development programs. That’s when Jill asked the question: Does the profile help people change to make the…

The Leadership Forge: The Impact of Mentors & Relationships on Success

Take a moment and think about a teacher, coach, or mentor that had a major positive impact on you.  Often the best mentors are those that do it out of love, a sense of duty, or the desire to give back.  The impact that a person has had is sometimes not realized until later in life.  Fellow Academy Leadership affiliate Michael Paczan tells this story about “one of the greatest…