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How to Ask your Efficient Friend for Help

My client Mick has a friend he admires — Jo. They’re both solo professionals, both lawyers, with adjacent specialties. They refer work to each other and don’t compete directly. Jo is a monster of efficiency. When they compare results, Jo

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Not Knowing Communication Styles can Sabotage your Work

Jim walked out of a recent meeting with his promising, smart new teammate, Jill, seething with frustration. “I can’t tell which Jill will show up — Jeckyll or Hyde,” he spluttered to his coach. Jim’s gestures were sharp, fast slashes at

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How to Simplify Your Life

January needn’t be a time to make well intentioned promises to yourself that you soon break. (And most do get broken. According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1/4 of resolutions only last a

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Three Ways to be Nicer to your Future Self

Have you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time.  He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control

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How to Use your New Virtual Assistant

CEO Kathy had just decided to hire a virtual assistant, Sissy.  (I’m coaching Kathy.) “I’m trying to get ready for my first meeting with her, and I’ve got so much she could help me with,” Kathy said. “What does ‘so

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Executive Jump-Start

Dear CEO: Thanks for enrolling in executive coaching. This will jump-start you to a higher level of effectiveness.  Here’s what we’ll be working on in the next four weeks. First, you have to know and control your time. Your assignment

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Should we Introduce Napping?

I was asked, “Would a nap during your shift make you a more productive worker? If yes, what measures do you recommend to avoid the abuse of this facility?” Yes, napping when I need to has made me more productive.

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How and Why to Benchmark

Part of your end-of-year routine should be to take stock. What did you learn in 2012? How will you make 2013 better? This is a form of benchmarking. Comparing yourself to yourself, and to others, and looking for ways to

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Leader’s Bookshelf

Effective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of my favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. Pick one up to read over the holidays, or on your bus

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Four Steps to Making the Best Use of an Intern

When done correctly, internships present an awesome way to get traction on important goals with little effort, while sounding out a potential future hire.  Sadly, most internships are not used correctly by the employer.  Here are four steps to doing

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Three Mandatory Meetings

  Good meetings are the nerve centers of a good organization.  Here are the three meetings every organization should have – and how to make yours better. Meeting 1 – the Daily Huddle Duration: 5 to 15 minutes. Purpose: Prepare

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No More Lollipops

Some of our biggest problems are self inflicted. One of the worst is a mental mistake called “judging others by ourselves.” Young children do this all time. If they like lollipops, they just assume everybody likes lollipops. Young managers do

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Best Practices for Meetings – 5 Structural Elements

Most meetings suck. Yours can suck way less. Here are 5 structural elements that will make your meetings fast, fascinating, and effective — and how to implement each one.

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The Silent Cost of Incivility

E-Book PDF: Open in New Window | Download (246.1KB) Toxic incivility in the workplace is costing money, driving away the best employees — it’s even killing people. Don’t believe it? A recent study by VitalSmarts and the American Association of

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Post Acquisition Integration

After the merger or acquisition, the hard work starts — getting two groups to work cooperatively together. When things go badly, smart CEOs call someone like Christine Grimm, who specializes in handling the most difficult client situations. Fully 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to deliver value, often because of a mis-match between cultures. Chris tells us how to do it right.

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