5 Important Coaching Techniques Every Leader Should Practice

More and more organizations are looking for their managers to use coach-like behaviors in conversations with their direct reports. Here are five of the most important techniques coaches use in their conversations with clients. Consider how these techniques could help the managers in your organization be more coach-like in their communication style. Be fully present.…

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One Important Truth about Organizational Success that Might Surprise You

What’s the most important factor in determining organizational success? The answer might surprise you, says Susan Fowler, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies. In reviewing research for the redesign of Blanchard’s Self Leadership program, Fowler found compelling evidence that suggests the single most essential ingredient in organizational success is the proactive behavior…

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Is a Hyper-Connected Work Environment Causing Bad Management Habits?

In today’s extremely busy, always-on work environment, communication is often driven by what needs to get done right now. It is fragmented, reactive, and more about immediate response than it is about long-term development or relationship building. “Rarely do we hear each other’s voices these days,” says Pat Zigarmi, leadership expert and founding associate with…

Considering an Advisory Board? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a young entrepreneur just getting off the ground with my own startup.  I have been told by several people that I should have an advisory board.  Can you tell me what that is, what would it do for me, and how I should go about creating one? Advice Needed Dear Advice…

Leaders: Tap into Your Unique Energy Source

Leaders work with coaches to take purposeful action in the advancement of their goals and in the interest of their organizations. But how does this really occur? Certainly not with the coach standing there, bullhorn in hand, yelling at the leader to stay on task. Instead, the coach listens carefully to what really matters to…

The 1 Thing Employees Don’t Get Enough of at Work

I don’t have an exact count, but over the years of conducting training classes on Building Trust or speaking to large groups about trust and leadership, I’ve worked with thousands of employees around the globe from all sorts of organizations and industries. Frequently I will ask people to respond to this question: “Raise your hand…