Tag: SELF IMPROVEMENT

Tools for developing personal skills, as well as growing one’s mental powers and strengthening your ‘inner game’

A friend asks, “Hi Tom. What are your top favorite books or articles on conflict resolution at work?” As a leader, it’s your job to ensure conflict at work is constructive, not destructive. Conflict at work is good, when it’s conflict …

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I interviewed John Blakey, author of The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation. This book is now my #1 favorite resource for building trust — and building trust is at the heart of Stage Three, “Inspire …

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I coach CEOs and business owners to consciously retain ownership of these five key areas: Shaping the Culture Recruiting, Leading and Managing the Senior Team Crafting and Owning the Strategy Overseeing the Budget Pursuing Self Improvement In addition, of course, …

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To be an effective CEO or manager, you must know and control your time and priorities. This means you must track your time and priorities. You need to do it. And, you need the managers who report to you to also do …

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The question was, paraphrased, how do I handle a promotion I’m not ready for? My prior boss left, now I have his role, and I get asked to do things I don’t understand how to do. I feel frustrated. I …

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(326 words, approximately 2 minutes to read) The question was: I have been accomplishing quite a bit in my role and moving up the ranks quickly. I love my job and am proud of the work I do. Sometimes my …

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For the manager who wishes to become a Best Boss, there is no learning without reflection. Yet I sometimes find clients or potential clients who are unwilling or unable to reflect or journal. This inability prevents coaching and learning from …

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Face-to-face communication remains the most powerful persuasion tool humans have. That is why every leader needs to be able to create and deliver a speech. No other communications modality gives you the leverage of an in-person speech: You reach more …

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To be a better leader — more able to mobilize others — you must get through to them. The best way to get through to someone is to truly listen. In order to listen deeply, according to Mark, we must …

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Experience is mandatory. Learning is optional. Today’s headlines include the news that Washington State is legalizing the recreational sale of marijuana. How should a leader — or aspiring leader — handle such a potentially disruptive event? By learning from it. …

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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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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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This year’s State of the Union address holds many lessons for all leaders.  Here are three, and the actions I suggest for you. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Know your Strategy Negotiate Dispassionately Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Peter Drucker …

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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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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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