I am coaching a group of directors who all want to become vice presidents in their companies. These men and women are sharp, gifted individuals. Already they are making a significant impact where they are. They are master tacticians, skilled at executing the strategic initiatives set by those over them. There used to be a day when vice presidents could be either tactical or strategic. However, those days are gone. More and more companies are wanting to see that prospective VP’s can do … [Read more...] about The Marks of a Master Tactician
Have you ever witnessed an argument, where one person is saying X but the other person is hearing something completely different? Where the first person makes repeated attempts to clarify, but the second person still hears something completely different? Have you ever wondered why the second person is not hearing the first person? One reason is that the second person has an entrenched belief. Once we believe something, we filter everything through it. The more intense our emotions are, … [Read more...] about How to Ensure People on Your Team are Heard
You are leading a team, and you want them to do their best. As with all people, including ourselves, there are areas that need to be improved. Your team member says they will work on the change you suggested. However, you have some doubts as to whether or not they will make the change, and if they do, you wonder how deep it will go. Will it be temporary, for the sake of their job, or will it be a true transformation? How can you know? Furthermore, how can you help them, or coach … [Read more...] about How Do You Know If Someone Will Really Change?
If you are going to present to senior leaders, you need to understand that it is different from doing a presentation to your team or to peers. Senior leaders are focused on high-level decision making. Consequently, your presentation needs to support them as they make these decisions. Below are some tips that can be useful when presenting to senior leadership: 1. Over-Prepare. When presenting to senior leaders, it is really important that you over-prepare. Make sure you know not … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Own Your Senior Leadership Presentation
OK, here we go... 2017 is already in effect. You’ve set some goals for the new year. Some you really want, and probably there are one or two you should want, but do not. There may be one in particular. You know it is the right goal to have. It is worth your time to pursue it, and fulfilling it will do a lot of good for you and your team as a whole. But if you are honest, you will admit that your level of motivation to reach the goal is not high. You are just not that committed to it. … [Read more...] about 7 Steps To Increase Your Desire to Reach Goals
This blog is going to be short. If you followed last week’s blog, we discussed how busy the holiday season can get, and I am discovering that is truer than I realized ;-) Many of us are looking into the new year with a desire to better ourselves. We may have received some feedback as to what areas need to be improved. We may also know intuitively of other areas that need improvement. A helpful question my coach once gave me is, “If you had to replace yourself with an idealized version of … [Read more...] about Your Best Self In The New Year