Creating Authentic Executive Presence

A common coaching objective for executive clients is to exude greater executive presence while also being authentic. Many successful leaders are known for having exceptional executive presence. When you see this quality, you just know. However, when you don’t see it—you also know. The path to executive presence can be challenging due to the following…

Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

We’ve just celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog. My goal has been to host an advice column for you, the well-intentioned manager. Over the past five years we’ve looked at over 200 different questions from people working to lead at a higher level. As a coach for the past 30 years I have seen…

Are You Coachable? 3 Questions to Consider

I like Ben Franklin’s idea about not giving others advice: “Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.” I think this highlights a cornerstone of coaching. Unlike consulting, where the consultant is an expert who gathers information and then gives advice, the coach is more of a facilitator. A large part of a coach’s…

Are You A Workplace Freedom Fighter?

Each of us views the world through a lens shaped by our own personality and experiences.  For leaders, it takes a great deal of awareness and thought not to get caught up in the be like me syndrome. This is especially true when you are a Freedom Fighter, one of seven characters we have been…