CEO Sounding Board: Accessing Your Moral Compass

What a bizarre time for new business development in SO many industries.  Is it appropriate to share opportunities to do business with your organization at a time when you know so many of your potential customers are struggling? This question has plagued me since March 13th.  My empathy score on Emotional Intelligence assessments is frankly…

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Changing Jobs During a Pandemic: Listen, Observe & Ask Questions

Overwhelmingly, senior executives, human resources professionals and recruiters alike point to “listening, observing & asking questions” as the number one skill to focus on in the first 90-days in a new job, in any environment. How does this emphasis shift when trying to successfully navigate into a new leadership role during the current pandemic? I…

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Changing Jobs During a Pandemic

As if life wasn’t stressful enough these days.  Leading up to March, 2020, you were anxious about your job not being an ideal long-term fit.  Then the pandemic hit and you’ve been worried about how to keep your kids learning and actively engaged while schools have been closed.  There are concerns for you and your…

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How Might You do LESS and Have MORE Impact?

How often have you heard yourself say, “I’ve got so many balls in the air I don’t know how I can possibly keep track of them all?!” We may be managing to keep the balls in motion, but how good is our juggling performance really? Are our movements controlled and rhythmic? Or are we merely…

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Listening to be Heard

I am fascinated by ironies. In my work with executive coaching clients, I find that they frequently discover that their long-held beliefs about leadership directly contradict their actual experiences. Frankly, they would do better to flip many of these beliefs on their heads. And so it is with being heard. It seems that it’s not…

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‘Tis the Season for Connecting

In Canada, it seems, this is the time of the year when colleagues, clients and suppliers can count on being able to actually connect. I don’t mean times when they can squeeze in a meeting to accomplish a specific business transaction. I’m talking about actually getting together in a relaxed atmosphere where the focus is…

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Could the Greener Grass You Are Seeking be in Your Own Backyard?

We’ve all heard the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. In a work context, this may mean having wistful thoughts about what it might be like to work for the company across the street.” These thoughts often form when something is not sparking us in our current jobs….

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Asking for Help

For many of us, asking for help is a difficult concept. It can require a certain amount of vulnerability. We may feel as if we are admitting a weakness that the world would not have known about, had we not asked for help. Ironically, it’s been my experience that people who are able to deliver…

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eliciting feedback

Tips for Receiving Great Feedback

It is very common for employees at all levels to feel that they don’t receive enough feedback.   Even in organizations that have very rigorous performance management processes, everyone seems to still crave more ongoing feedback from a wider range of sources.  Yet it is also rare for people to take ownership for obtaining feedback from…

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Personal brand

Your New Job & Your Personal Brand

Congratulations, you’ve landed that amazing new job! In the interviews, you shone a spotlight on your strengths and you candidly addressed your development needs. They loved what they heard! Now that you’re hired, you can relax and let things unfold. Can’t you??? In my work with people who are moving into a new role, particularly…

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