Category Archives: Mentoring

Who’s Your Tony Bennett? Who’s Your Lady Gaga? #Mentoring

Sometimes the Grammy Awards recognizes a really odd partnership that really works. A few months before this year’s awards show, I remember doing a double-take when I saw them on TV together singing an old jazz standard. Of course, I … READ MORE

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Are Your Habits Rewarding or Robbing You?

This column is one of several that CCL President and CEO John Ryan has written on leadership as a Linkedin Influencer. Click to view all his columns and sign up to receive future posts. As the head of an organization … READ MORE

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Help! My coach is disagreeing with my mentor!

This was the exasperated comment from a recently appointed mentee. He was a general manager who was experiencing the effects of good intentions. He was being over-supported. His employer had not worked out how, why and when to use mentoring … READ MORE

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Mentoring is a Gift

I still hear what my Mom told me when I was young: it is better to give than it is to receive. One gift that is just as good for leaders to give as it is to receive, is mentoring. … READ MORE

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What Makes Mentoring Work?

“We tried mentoring once, it never really worked. Anyway, people find their own mentors informally. What I need to know is how to fill my leadership pipeline.” I recently held a seminar on mentoring, and this was one of the … READ MORE

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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 9th Tee Box

Earlier this year, while I was home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I played golf with one of my favorite mentors, my friend, Dr. Bob Cutrer. Many of us simply call him “Doc.” Every time I go home, Doc and I always … READ MORE

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It’s All About Strategy: Leadership Lessons from the Fantasy Football Draft

Every year a dozen of us from CCL meet at a local sports bar and hold our fantasy football draft. For those of you who don’t know what fantasy football is, you can go here to find out more. And … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Tennis Court

I picked up tennis last year. I always wanted to play, so I signed up when I saw that the Greensboro Tennis Program has adult clinics for beginners every month. Loved it. So when this year’s season picked back up … READ MORE

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Research Reveals the 2 Most Important Competencies for Success

Thousands of leaders from all over the world attend our leadership development programs, and as a result we have vast amounts of data about leaders from all over the world. As a quant-geeky researcher who also trains, I see how our … READ MORE

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