5 SITUATIONS WHEN YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

5 SITUATIONS WHEN YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. - Earnest Hemingway It could lead you to engage with someone whose only goal is to start a conflict. When someone baits you into an unwinnable verbal duel, it's probably because it affords them some type of gratification of acting out their argumentative predilections. If you get into the ring, it’s virtually guaranteed that a TKO will ensue— that is, stooping to their level is already a defeat. As Mark Twain said, “Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level ...
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14 COACHING PRINCIPLES ALL MANAGERS SHOULD PRACTICE

14 COACHING PRINCIPLES ALL MANAGERS SHOULD PRACTICE

Coaching is the universal language of change and learning. – CNN I want to preface that this article will not be touching on the industry itself, what makes an excellent coach, who can actually call themselves coaches or the effectiveness of working with a coach. Although these are all valid and important topics, I decided with this piece to keep it directly around the application of coaching and key principles all managers and people leaders should understand and be able to demonstrate when looking to develop someone on their team. In order to do that, I believe it’s important to first ...
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10 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF INEFFECTIVE PEOPLE

10 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF INEFFECTIVE PEOPLE

Lets face it, we all know or have worked with someone - who at some point in time was..shall we say less then accountable or productive. It may have been at work or possibly in your personal life. Professionally we come across all kinds of team members and as managers or people leaders, you want employees who are seeking to contribute to both to the immediate successes as well as the broader organizational initiatives. Some are excellent and require less attention and support while others may need some work. That is why it's important to know what to look for ...
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8 SIGNS SOMEONE LACKS LEADERSHIP

8 SIGNS SOMEONE LACKS LEADERSHIP

How can one determine if an individual has what it takes to be a leader? There are a myriad of diagnostic tests, profiles, evaluations, and assessments that offer insights into leadership ability, or a lack thereof. The challenge with many of these tools is that are overly analytical, very theoretical, and subject to bias as they put people in colors, codes, boxes, dimensions or simply tagged. The draw to these avenues is quite clear; they are fast and relatively inexpensive. Personally I have nothing against this tactic and have used many of the assessments that exist as well have been color-coded, ...
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4 KEYS TO CREATING A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL COACHING PRACTICE

4 KEYS TO CREATING A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL COACHING PRACTICE

Editor Note: This article is designed for all coaches who either have a personal practice or looking to create and/or expand their current practice. Many of the topics I discuss can be used outside of the context of coaching or building a coaching practice. I don't believe I  am sharing anything groundbreaking nor am I sharing my own personal secret sauce recipe – rather a general overview of what it takes to lay a solid foundation and framework for a successful coaching practice. "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." - ...
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