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Making 360 Feedback Work

The 360 feedback survey – it’s been around for a long time, yet is rarely implemented well.  Innovations emerge regularly, yet none seem to solve the core issues. 
I’ve had the pleasure of debriefing over 100 people on their 360 feedback results in the last several months and have formulated some thoughts on the “do’s” and “don’ts” that can make the difference between a process that has…

Go to more meetings

“My state of preparedness is as good as the meetings I’m in.” 
Such was the response of a client to his boss when asked whether or not he was ready to step into a more senior leadership role in his current company.  The issue was that my client is expected to be able to make the move and take on more responsibility, yet he’s not currently involved in enough of the ongoing meetings to…

Great Work Interview

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m tickled to be featured today in one of my good friend Michael Bungay Stanier’s Great Work Interviews.  Michael  has interviewed tons of seriously cool people, big name authors and deep thinkers and I was honoured that he asked me to do one.   Have a…

The Completely Epic (Executive) Life

While most of my work is company-sponsored in support of leaders being better where they are, I have always had a steady stream of clients who seek my services of their own volition.  In those cases the reason is almost always what I have come to characterize as a “fulfillment crisis” – that vague, gnawing sense of discontent when everything looks perfect on the outside yet feels far from…

Renting Passion

Renting a car is not, in my experience, very inspiring.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Dingy retail outlets, long waits, poor service – let’s face it, it’s an industry that screams out for a makeover.  Or does it?
Last week I rented a vehicle.  Picked it up on a Saturday of a long holiday weekend.  When I entered the rental office there were – no exaggeration – thirty people there ahead of…

The Executive Team: Colleagues or Competitors?

When someone asks you about your team, who do you think they’re referring to?  Probably the people that report to you, right?  But what if I were to suggest a different definition?  What if I were to suggest that your team, the one you should think of first and the one that should get your greatest loyalty, is the team you’re ON – the executive team?
I’ve had the opportunity lately to…

A Gift with Great ROI

One of my favorite books is “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. In it the author makes a strong case for meditation for its own sake, beyond its usefulness as a tool to combat stress and disease. His point is that the state of mindfulness brought about by regular meditation – the state of “being” in the present moment rather than “doing” – is particularly helpfu…

They’re Just Not That Into You: How to Know When It’s Time to Go

The relationship you have with your job is in many ways like your other interpersonal relationships. There’s a balance of power, there are goals and expectations, and sometimes the parties involved don’t communicate that well.  When your goals are aligned with your company’s goals, life is good. But when there’s a mismatch, or a timing problem or, worst of all, an absence of information,…

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