How to tell if someone should NOT be your coach

Executive coaching has grown faster than good coaches can keep up, but that hasn’t stopped bad coaches from getting in on the game. This article offers key ways to tell if someone is truly qualified to be your coach.

The top 5 reasons succession planning goes wrong and how to fix them

Good succession planning needs to overcome many very powerful psychological biases. Here are 5 problems with traditional succession planning and how to fix them.

Stop thanking your team

Most leaders don’t know it, but the way they’re thanking their team is actually self- and team-defeating. Before making an error that is at best as useful as watering the ocean, or at worst as appreciated as making a “tiny correction” to the Mona Lisa, stop thanking your team. Here’s why. People want to make […]

A good mood is better than being happy

Whether you’re at work designing plastic wrap that never wrinkles or at home washing dishes after the family reunion, your mood matters. I’m not talking about the obvious pleasure of a “good mood.” Your mood is WAY more powerful, more than you think.* You probably know this. “I’m not in the mood right now.” Sound […]

Who Cares? Presenting without presenting

You’re invited to make a presentation to a group for the purpose of enhancing some aspect of their knowledge or skill. By participating, attendees will receive credits required by their professional trade organization. Sound like an exciting opportunity? I wouldn’t expect folks to be lining up ahead of time to get a front row seat. But […]

What vs How: Which is more important and why we don’t act accordingly.

If you really want to know who a person is, would you rather know what they’ve accomplished, or how they’ve performed? You may already have an answer in mind, but how sure are you? Two stories from my childhood may shed a bit of light on the controversial issue of knowing what vs how. Childhood Example #1 […]

Using Best Practices in Different Organizations

Can “Best Practices” work in different organizations?

Yes, but you should know why.

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