High Flying Transitions
by Suzanne Bates - Jul, 2012
I haven't done a formal survey but it seems like there are more leaders than ever transitioning into new roles. Seismic shifts and market volatility, massive corporate restructuring, the speed of globalization, the pace of innovation; these are all forces that are catapulting leaders into new roles. Which prompts the chorus of inevitable questions from CEOs and leadership development/talent teams: are they ready? It's a...
Executive Coach Tip of the Day: Let Go of Being Right
by Andy Robinson - Jun, 2012
Maybe you DO know the answer .... Maybe, just maybe you DO know the best way to do it .... Maybe you've solved the problem at hand before and KNOW the best solution .... BUT maybe, just maybe you don't. Could there be a better answer, a better way to do it, a better solution? Maybe, possibly, perhaps? Try this today .... LET GO of any need you have to "BE RIGHT." Give someone else room to figure out the answer, the best...
How to Give an Effective Performance Review
by Heather Mundell - Jun, 2012
Most of us crave meaningful feedback at work. It's natural to want validation and acknowledgment for our accomplishments, and many of us wish we could hear constructive criticism more often to help us learn and grow. Yet the tool that organizations give managers, the dreaded performance review, is pretty universally loathed. Most managers aren't well-trained on how to give effective feedback. They forget the importance of...
How Introverts and Extroverts Work in Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jun, 2012
Teamwork demands shared responsibility, but it also demands individual contributions. It fails if team members shelter behind the consensus. ~ Robert Heller, Founding Editor, Management Today I recently spoke with a director of human resources who was searching for a San Francisco executive coach for the executive team at her company. The director of human resources asked some very insightful questions to determine whether...
Four Difficult Types of Employees: Feedback Do’s and Don’ts
by Judith Lindenberger - May, 2012
Whether you are dealing with a difficult person or motivating someone to be a more positive contributor, employee feedback is a powerful management tool. Many of us work with these four difficult types of employees and the guidance below will help you have constructive feedback sessions: The Bomb - an unguided missile who has a track record of bursts of anger. Keep in mind the time-honored adage that you can’t contro...
How Groupthink Causes Teams to Fail
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
Teamwork demands shared responsibility, but it also demands individual contributions. It fails if team members shelter behind the consensus. ~ Robert Heller, Founding Editor, Management Today I recently spoke with the director of human resources at a San Francisco Bay Area company regarding providing executive coaching and leadership development for the executive team. The director of human resources asked some very ins...
WANT MORE BALANCE?
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2012
Despite efforts on the Wii Fitness balance game, Wii persists in rating me as "unbalanced." And while it's true I'm feeling a bit stressed with a new book coming out in May, and more commitments than common sense dictates, being balanced is a challenge. Work reminds me of that balance game. Some days, I feel like I'm floating my avatar in a balloon down a lazy river, enjoying virtual sunshine and feeling pretty balanced, wh...
Five Golden Rules for Leadership
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2012
In The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By, (Harvard Business Press, 2011) Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood and Kate Sweetman have distilled leadership into five core roles: 1. Strategist—Leaders shape the future. 2. Executor—Leaders make things happen. 3. Talent manager—Leaders engage today’s talent. 4. Human-capital developer—Leaders build the next generation. 5. Personal proficiency—Leaders invest in their own developmen...
Developing Future Focus - Sparking Energy for What Really Matters
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2012
Question for Discussion – How do leaders in your company help people see their role in building a better future? Developing Future Focus I could not put Steve Job’s biography down. I found it so fascinating because of his focus and passion, and the intense drive in his personality that motivated him to achieve greatness. Steve Job’s creativity and genius for creating products that invent the future is so inspiring. Oh W...
Inside the Mind at Work – Facilitating Progress and Dealing with Setbacks
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2012
Question for Discussion: How important is focusing on small wins in motivating employees? The topic of controlling bosses and perceived negativity comes up quite often in my executive coaching sessions. My clients want to have more input into decision-making and how work is done to stay engaged. It’s human nature that most people seek positive feedback on their progress to perform at their best. I often suggest to my c...
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