Each of us comes with some learned or comfortable modes of operating, which shapes our leadership style. Some of us prefer to think out loud, and others prefer not to speak until we have developed a fully-formed idea in our head that makes good sense to us, or we may even want to confirm it […]
Our clients are smart. Smarter than us about their business. They know their industry and organization better than us. And they usually have deep experience in their areas of expertise. And yet they still feel deeply challenged by the changing environment in which they find themselves. Many of them struggle, their organizations languish or careen […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – Like most of you, I’m sure, I’m bombarded with news, opinions, and good intentions through social media on a daily basis (and yes, I get the irony of bringing this up in a blog post ;-). Something that struck me recently, is how easily we get caught up in “celebrity,” and […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO “Success isn’t scary!” I hear you cry, and for some it isn’t. However, think about this for a moment: what is preventing you from taking the next big step, either at work or in your personal life? When we ask this question of business leaders, they can quickly reel off a […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Our clients often ask us to help them develop leaders and then, in the next breath, they will tell us about a group of newly-promoted supervisors who need to learn how to make the transition from peer to supervisor. While training and development are complementary activities, and both have value, they […]
Anyone who is not already familiar with the concept of executive coaching may easily confuse it with related professional advisors of other types. Many executives are familiar with mentors, who guide you on how they achieved their success, so that you can follow in their footsteps. Coaching is unique in that it helps you forge your own path.
We often encounter clients who resist trying out new behaviors because they are concerned about not appearing “authentic”. The word authentic has been used so much in leadership circles without being accurately defined, so here’s an approach that we suggest. Authenticity starts with defining “who” you really are. We know that you are not just […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Ever find yourself in a leadership situation and felt in over your head? As Laura mentioned in her post, What’s in your leadership bucket?, growing as a leader includes both training and development – filling the bucket and expanding the bucket. When you find yourself in over your head, it’s a sign you need to […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach One of the most valuable exercises in leadership coaching is when the coach and the client take out the magnifying glass and really look at what’s going on with a situation; bringing in some transparency. Through more holistic exploration (let’s even call it “holographic”) we learn much more about what the […]
As a very successful CEO, why would someone like Eric Schmidt suggest that he needs a coach and so do you? I see executives every day who make incredible strides forward toward their goals with the help of an executive coach. Their work is inspiring, and I am honored to be part of it. But some of you may still wonder what a coach could do for you and why you should invest in an external coach for yourself. Here are the Top 10 reasons to hire a coach.