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An unshakable hope persists in organizations that people will exhibit desirable behavior when they hear just the right words in the form of company values or leadership models. Executive coaches, however, observe on a daily basis that actions, not words, make the real difference between success and failure. In this article, we explore why words…

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Do you have a brand? Even if you haven’t consciously put any effort into branding, the answer is still: Yes, you do! In fact, everyone has a brand. It’s your reputation, what people think of you, and how you present yourself to the world.  You can lead your brand in the right direction and develop…

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How do the best executive coaches set up their coaching engagements for success? With a 360 assessment of the coachee. A Harvard Business Review study revealed that 90% of coaches believe that a well-designed 360 assessment tool is invaluable for successfully coaching and developing leaders.   To help you make the most out of 360 assessments,…

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In an ideal world, all coaches work with clients who value their services and pay them what they’re worth. However, this might not be your reality at the moment. Many coaches gain some traction in their business but eventually struggle to secure higher-paying engagements. We’ve outlined the six crucial steps you can take to land…

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Being a great coach alone is rarely sufficient to thrive in the field of coaching, unfortunately. A coaching practice is still a business that requires marketing and sales to be successful. The hurdle for most coaches is the time and effort involved. That’s why you might ask: What are the easiest and fastest ways to…

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When we’ve asked leaders what change they would make to become more effective, one of the most common answers is, “I would delegate more.” However, there is such a thing as inappropriate delegation, which can do more harm than good. Therefore, the goal is not merely to delegate more, but to delegate more effectively.  Effective…

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“That’s just the way I am!” Have you heard this phrase from an executive when you pointed out a certain behavior that might serve him or her but is hurting others? The Need to be Me Leaders, like everyone else, have formed a solid definition of who they are over their lifetime. The positive and…

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Changing behavior for the better can be a challenge, especially for very successful leaders. In fact, the same beliefs that helped them get where they are at the moment could inhibit them from moving forward and becoming even better. You can learn about this more in-depth in Marshall Goldsmith’s best-selling book, “What Got You Here…

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As an executive coach, you may be asked to coach teams or to support leaders in coaching their teams to help organizations achieve greater effectiveness and success within group settings. To give you a preview of how team coaching works, today we’re outlining our 8-step coaching process for building successful teams. Much like one-on-one coaching,…

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Executive coaches are often tempted to accept every engagement that comes their way—even when their gut feeling tells them to walk away—because they wholeheartedly believe in the impact of their services. Unfortunately, not every leader is willing to do what is necessary to create change, and it is the leader, above all, who must be…

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