Category Archives: Coaching & Feedback

I’m not doing this for you.

I was coaching the CFO of a financial services firm recently. He’s part of a leadership team that’s really struggling. There’s significant conflict within the team and the company is in a challenging marketplace and trying to adapt to it. … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Pitch

I recently attended a Carolina Dynamo soccer match. I am not a big fan of soccer. I don’t get it. Maybe I’m a snob (wouldn’t be the first time that was told to me). Here are some things I learned: … READ MORE

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What are the characteristics of a good leader – Infographic

Leaders shape our nation, communities, and organizations. We are in need of good leaders to help guide us and make the essential large-scale decisions that keep the world moving. Our society is always quick to identify a bad leader, but … READ MORE

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Executive Present

The captain of industry–captain of this particular industry–rose from the table. I’d just seen him mildly dismiss the proposal one project team had brought to him. Their work of weeks: an answer to a question he had posed about the … READ MORE

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Mentoring Matters for Managers – Infographic

Mentoring has its benefits, usually for the one being mentored. CCL research has shown that mentoring can also benefit the manager who does the mentoring. Managers who provide career-related mentoring to their direct reports by providing sponsorship, coaching and challenge are actually rated … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from Jimmy V and the Cardiac Pack

Are your brackets busted? Well, if they are (and I think most of them are), you can still learn about leadership from the NCAA basketball tournament, from 30 years ago. I was watching an ESPN documentary called “Survive and Advance” … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Putting Green

The driving range had just closed when I got there. So, I had two choices: practice chipping or practice putting. Chipping is the strongest part of my golf game and putting my absolute weakest. I chose putting. After I putted … READ MORE

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Why was George Bailey ‘the richest man in town?’

Can a movie about a businessman help us with recent events? We all know the story and you can see it on TVs anywhere on the dial.  George Bailey, depicted in Frank Capra’s masterpiece, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is a … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Driving Range

It was a privilege to train 23 wonderful people at CCL’s Maximizing your Leadership Potential program Nov 7-9. At the beginning of each program, we ask participants what they want to get out of the program. This last program, at … READ MORE

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Invest in Talent Without Spending a Dime

Nonprofit leaders have usually chosen to work for an organization because they are passionate about the mission and want to make an impact. While many care about their salary and career advancement, they also care about their learning and development, … READ MORE

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