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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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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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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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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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Marshall Goldsmith has one key message for every CEO that he coaches: “To help others develop, start with yourself.” When leaders at the top of their organization attempt to change publicly, they become an important role model in personal development for the whole organization. How can you, as an executive coach, support this behavioral change?…

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Top executives are generally strapped for time and therefore very action-oriented. They like to quickly tick off tasks on their to-do list and move on to the next pressing issue. Interestingly, this can lead to a behavioral tendency that doesn’t always serve them well.  The Problem Leaders often believe that their organizations should operate according…

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A western principle called the “Golden Rule” states that you should treat others the way you would like to be treated. In the context of friendship, the Golden Rule serves us well to understand fairness and forge healthy relationships. But what happens when the Golden Rule is applied in the context of leadership? Surprisingly, there…

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Helping leaders change their behavior for the better can be challenging. What is even more difficult is changing others’ perceptions of a leader’s behavior. We found out why this is the case and how you, as an executive coach, can help to turn the tide and impact both positive change and perception. Reputations, positive and…

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