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Every company has its “big leap” – closing the promotability gap

In every organization there is one place where the promotion – the leap –  from one level to the next is particularly big, particularly challenging, and where the chances of success after the promotion are lower than at any other move up the ladder.  It’s the place where the supply of “ready now” internal candidates is most meagre, so either those internal folks are promoted as a “stretch,”…

Greetings, gratitude and giving

It’s been a wonderful year, both for me personally and for my company.  While we (me and my awesome team of coach associates) have been around for a while and have always enjoyed a steady stream of business from top-notch clients, we don’t ever take it for granted, and 2013 was worthy of celebration.
We had some big partnerships that involved us in big projects.  We deepened our relationships…

Success without Selling?

Series of trees from small to larger

I’ve been in the executive coaching business for a long time now, and I still love it even after all these years.  In contrast to many of my Master Coach colleagues, though, I’ve stayed in the “time equals money” business, working directly with clients myself and managing a team of associates who also work 1:1 with our executive level clientele.  We’ve enjoyed a lot of success, but the business…

At my service.

Server in jacket and white gloves

It’s been a couple of weeks of incredible customer service and guest appreciation, and I always like to acknowledge anyone who holds a high standard when interacting with humans.
First, I traveled to Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I loved the hotel I stayed at (I mean, leopard-spotted bathrobes? Brilliant!) however I just slept there – I didn’t end up eating in any of their restaurants.  When…

Check your oil and your network – career management advice at the corner gas station.

Being a cost-conscious consumer, I normally go to the self-serve pump when getting gas.  Today, however, I was feeling a bit flu-ish and a bit chilly and decided to throw fiscal prudence to the wind and stop at a full serve station. I pulled up to the pump to be welcomed by an early 20-something-ish young man with a big smile on his face.  “Good afternoon!” he greeted me, and inquired about…

Where are the female voices in business?

I have been asked numerous times recently about my view of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.  Unless you’ve been on a severe media diet over the past six months, you’ll know that I’m referring to the Facebook COO’s book espousing her view of what women need to do in order to achieve positions of leadership in business.  And if you know me, you’ll know that I rarely weigh in on gender-based issues…

What not to Wear – Wardrobe tips for women making presentations

Based on my previous posts about making great presentations, I’ve had a couple of conversations with and inquiries from women wondering what to wear when in front of a room.  The wardrobe issue is a tricky one for us, no debate (and yes, it’s more difficult for women, mostly because we have enough creative choices available that we easily run the risk of going the wrong direction).  So, her…

The genius of being a great presenter

I’ve always believed that being a confident, competent presenter and public speaker is critical to success in almost any endeavour.  My kids hear it every year at school speech-making time.  My clients hear it when we talk about what it takes to climb upwards in most organizations.  Obama got elected because of it (at least partly, anyways – no matter what your politics, it would be hard to…

Got mastermind?

One of my favourite books of all time is the classic “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  There are dozens of big ideas in that little book but the one that I think I’ve found most value in and certainly the one I’ve implemented most effectively is the “mastermind group.”  In fact, I like having mastermind support so much that I’m part of several groups, and they consistently prov…

Routinizing Longevity

What’s your personal wellness plan? What are the habits, practices and disciplines that will not only serve you well today, but ensure you live healthy and well in the future?  What, you say? No time, unpredictable days, too hard to fit it all in, difficulty being consistent?
There’s a thought-provoking ad campaign on the air here these days.  Called “Make Health Last” and sponsored by t…

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