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

More on Acing your Personal Improvement Plan

Dear Matt – Thanks for writing and asking for help with succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan (PIP), also called a Personal Development Plan or a Performance Improvement Plan.  You’ve already read the Basic Guidance.  Here are some advanced tips. Clarify

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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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How to Ace your Performance Improvement Plan

Uh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Performance Improvement Plan” or “Personal Development Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you

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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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Why the Boss is Always Wrong

“Are you ready to be a transference object?” Fred hesitated.  The coffee shop seemed to become dead silent. One week earlier, Fred had been offered a dream job, as part time CEO of a startup, working for a proven star

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Keep a Thin Skin

Leaders shouldn’t be “thick skinned” — not if that means shrugging off negative feedback that might actually be correct. Leaders need to be emotionally resilient, unattached to outcomes, and assume positive intent. Our tool here is “The Ladder of Inference.”

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Creating a CEO Calendar

Create and measure success, month by month, with a CEO (or Executive) Calendar. Being a CEO (or manager or front line worker) typically means having more things to handle than you can actually pay attention to.  Most humans can track

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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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How to Master a Sense of Overwhelm

My client Jean was overwhelmed. The big meeting was tomorrow, the stakes were high, and there was so much she didn’t know.  “My mind is racing, and I’m paralyzed,” she told me. “I can’t eat. I can’t prepare.  I don’t

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How to Participate in a Meeting

I always hear how much meetings suck.  (If you lead meetings, you’ll find detailed guidance on making your meetings better here, here, and here.) But what if you’re not leading the meeting — what if you’re just suffering through it?

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How to be Less Demanding and More Effective

Jake is a terrific member of his fast-growing company’s senior leadership team. His boss Darcy, the owner, is a sweet lady with great personal skills. That complements Jake’s tough, task-oriented, ramrod approach. Odds are good Darcy will one day sell

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How to Be Grateful

Steve was on the brink of being fired. At best, he would be stripped of his coveted management role and revert to being a staffer — as he had been for over a decade. It wasn’t clear if he would

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Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note

Few things differentiate you more than the way you make other people feel when they interact with you. Many top CEOs and politicians make a point of writing personal notes to people who have done them favors. A short, hand-written,

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Peter Bregman on How to Respond to an Emotional Outburst

Peter Bregman offers good advice on how to respond to an emotional outburst, whether at work or in other areas of our lives. Great advice – reminds me of the excellent book “Just Listen” by Mark Goulston MD.

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