Elena Botelho on The CEO Next Door

What does it take to become a world-class leader? In this episode of the LeaderChat Podcast, we speak with Elena Botelho, coauthor of The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders. “Most ideals about why people are successful are driven by stereotypes and gut feel rather than facts and…

3 Conversations All Managers Need to Master

Managers don’t have enough high quality conversations with their direct reports, according to Ann Phillips, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies. This deficiency has a negative effect on both productivity and morale. “Part of effective communication between manager and direct report is a mindset and part is a skillset. Both are required,”…

4 Ways to Rise to Be Amazing

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” –Dr. Maya Angelou It is so rewarding to coach clients who want to be amazing and who dare to rise!  They are fully aware of their current reality of operating in the normal status quo and are now ready to…

Dan Pink on When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

How do you decide when to take on a new task or a new job? Could we thrive with a little bit more intentional thought? According to best-selling business author Dan Pink, there is a large and growing amount of research that gives clear guidance on how to get systematically better and smarter about making…

Mark Sanborn on The Potential Principle

“We all know how good we’ve become—but we don’t know how good we could be,” says Mark Sanborn in his new book, The Potential Principle. “Almost all people have a desire to get better—but only 30% have a plan.” That’s wishful thinking, says Sanborn. Sanborn recommends that people practice “positive discontent” in their lives and says…

6 Ways to Shake It Up to Achieve Mastery

As a coach, the majority of my coaching sessions with clients focus on achieving mastery in some form. Some topics are very specific, such as delivering presentations or listening. Others are broad, such as being an effective leader, communicating, or managing emotions. What exactly does it take to achieve mastery? It begins with clarity. Identifying…

The One Mistake Most Managers Make When Setting Goals

With so much emphasis on setting goals at the beginning of the New Year, why do so many people end up off track by the middle of March? Ken Blanchard discovered the reason early in his career after the release of his all-time best-selling business book with Spencer Johnson, The One Minute Manager®. In working…

10 Bad Work Habits to Break in 2018

Coaches have a front row seat to the habits that get in our clients’ way.  One small but insidious bad habit can cost so much more than we realize.  The research shows that the best way to nip a bad habit is to replace it with something else. Here are 10 potential things to stop…