Don’t disappear into the job

Don’t Disappear Into The Job

The job won’t bury you; you can do that all by yourself. When I coach senior execs, I often find two different career groups. The first have recently gotten a new position, internally or externally. The second are looking for their next job (outside the company), and have not actively done so in years. This first group necessarily burrows away…

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Coaching For Wha’?

Can we not call it coaching anymore? I'm not sure what we should call it, but the ubiquity of  “coaching” is now astounding. From the oft-used executive and career coaching, there have sprouted a number of subsets. As is true with many practices today, such as medicine, everyone must specialise, but this not quite the same as paediatric nephrology. Performance…

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Coaching Conversations

Over a coffee not long ago: -I’m looking around, curious to see what else is out there -That’s fine, nothing the matter with that. Anything in particular that is spurring you on right now to look? -Do you know my boss? -Yes, but not well. -He and I are very different–I consider myself more diplomatic, quieter, I guess, and less…

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Coaching Conversations

I met with someone a while ago to determine whether he wanted coaching, and for him to eyeball me. He came out swinging. A Hobson's Choice in a way, as his boss had instructed that we meet. A senior exec with a regional role, many years work experience and quite knowledgeable in his business, here's the gist of that conversation:…

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The good coach

The actor David Duchovny wrote a widely read op-ed in the Wall St Journal the other week. Titled, "What A Good Coach Does", he recalls his high school basketball days in New York. Long hair, cursing on the court, jumping up and down every time he scored. "I was concerned with how many points I made," he wrote. "On the…

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High drama Obama–How about you?

In my last blog I mentioned a confrontational leader who made people uncomfortable with his selective anger. A [successful] boss will know how to be–only at times–unpredictable in order to achieve an end result. It is an essential component of strategic leadership, knowing when to dip in to one's repertoire and pull out the right expression, honed over many years.…

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