Category Archives: Mentoring

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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Don’t Gag on Engagement

I remember comedienne Rosie O’Donnell asking her audience, “Anybody in here engaged?” <clap, clap, clap> “Ever notice that ‘Engaged’ has the word ‘GAG’ in the middle of it?” <laugh, laugh, laugh> She meant “engaged” as in “engaged to be married.” … READ MORE

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Leading with Opportunity

Providing people with meaningful, skill-stretching opportunities is a leader’s most important job. That’s not an overstatement. Providing people with enriching opportunities is so important that Albert Einstein said, “All that is valuable in human society depends on the opportunity for … 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 a Last History Lecture

A few weeks ago, I went home to Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the reasons why my trip back home was so important this time around was that I went to see a mentor of mine, one of my favorite teachers … READ MORE

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It’s Not Me, It’s You

Ever been dumped before? What was the excuse? I’m willing to bet it was “It’s not you, it’s me.” So how can that phrase help those who are managing others for the first time in their lives? Just switch a couple of … READ MORE

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