A Dialog With Your Manager

The comments received on the previous post, “Bad Manager or Flawed Human?” were insightful and thought-provoking. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to express their passion about the subject. There is so much more to say. This post is my own follow up to the conversation in that post about “it […]

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Bad Manager or Flawed Human?

Last week, I ran into someone I hadn`t seen in quite a while. After getting caught up on what he`s doing, this is how the conversation went: Him: So what are you doing now? Me: I`m an executive coach. (I always wait for a reaction after that statement, secretly enjoying the all-too- frequent blank stares […]

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It’s Not Them, It’s You

You`re leading a monthly meeting. You`ve asked your team members to provide their input on a topic. Unlike your teenager who at least shrugs his shoulders (or says “I don`t know”) when you ask for his opinion, you get silent stares from your team. What could be going on? Are your team members incompetent? Do […]

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Coaching vs. Feedback

So often “coaching” is used as a buzz term for almost any kind of interaction in the workplace (and everywhere else. Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a “knitting coach”?). The term has been confused, misused, misunderstood and blasphemed. This is unfortunate, because coaching is a powerful skill for leaders […]

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Why Leaders Don't Ask for Feedback

A post, “Don’t Get Caught Naked“, solicited a comment from a reader expressing disbelief at how blind some of them can be about their faults. (“I just don’t understand how some leaders can be so blind!”). There are plenty of reasons for this, one of which is that they don’t ask for feedback in the […]

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Don't Get Caught Naked

From Mary Jo’s monthly column, “Leadership”.Copyright 2009 West Michigan Business Review. Reprinted with permission. A favorite childhood fairy tale is Hans Christian Andersen`s “The Emperor`s New Clothes.” I still chuckle when I think of the emperor being duped into wearing a new suit of invisible cloth in an attempt not to appear stupid. The emperor`s […]

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