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Who’s Your Relationship Manager?

5 minute read

In the past ten years or so, I’ve become aware of a trend in the business world of hiring Relationship Managers, whose sole purpose is to mind the company’s connections with internal and external stakeholders. Whether in financial services or the sales function of any industry, corporations have elevated this position to a key role in business today, and rightfully so, I’d say.

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However,

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Where Do You Fall on the Leadership Continuum?

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5 minute read

In a recent Harvard Business Review article entitled, Every Leader Needs to Navigate These 7 Tensions, writers Jennifer Jordan, Michael Wade, and Elizabeth Teracino outline seven leadership dichotomies that are essential to the 21st Century Leadership model. Each dichotomy, which the writers termed a tension, is illustrated as a continuum, and the natural questions that arise as readers consider them are:

  • Where do I fall on this continuum?

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The Vulnerable Leader

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3 minute read

Just two months ago—which I’m sure we all agree feels like a lifetime ago—Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred did something eyebrow-raising. The story begins with Manfred referring to the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” during an interview, for which he caught quite a bit of flak and outrage from players and fans alike. But rather than ignoring his detractors or doubling down on his position,

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What’s the #1 Career Killer?

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6 minute read

Throughout my twenty-year corporate career, and in the
twelve years that I’ve been working with executives, I’ve had the pleasure of
working with a number of Gen X and Gen Y professionals—clients that are
essentially my children’s age. And in many of their corporate and business
environments, the dress code has grown very causal in recent years. In lots of
startups particularly,

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Yeah, If You Could Go Ahead and Manage Your Stress, That’d Be Greaaat

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Here we are in February, and we’re finally far enough past the holidays that things are back to normal. The decorations are stowed for the year, and New Year’s resolutions are well underway (or gone by the wayside). Companies that have a calendar fiscal year now have their year-end results and the post-mortem process has begun. For the most part,

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Who Wants to be a Skillful 21st Century Leader?

3 minute read

As a standard part of my coaching practice, I always ask
my clients for feedback about the coaching experience and process, how it has
been helpful to them, and how it could be enhanced. What I hear back from them
is always helpful in continuously improving the quality of the client
experience, but sometimes a client will share feedback that is not only helpful
to me, but also to others who may be considering working with a coach.

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Strike These Four Words for Greater Gravitas

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minute read

When we work with mid-level managers who are pursuing
positions at the highest organizational levels, but aren’t there yet, we
regularly come across opportunities to help them polish their executive
presence. Executive presence comprises all the traits that impact how others
see us as leaders, and this term covers a surprisingly broad swath of topics.

For example, when we train leaders on executive presence,
one of the words we like to talk about is gravitas.

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True Leadership Prioritizes People

5 minute read

As you might imagine is the case for an executive coaching
practice, all our clients are incredibly busy.
Ask anyone in corporate leadership to describe their working life, and that is
invariably a word they use. However, in the course of discussing all the
priorities, projects, tasks, and accounts our clients manage, they also bring
up issues relating to the people they lead or hope to lead more often than not.

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The Business of Employee Engagement

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In the course of coaching executives, we frequently refer to
Gallup’s
annual statistical data
around the engagement, or lack thereof, of the
American workforce. For the last decade, the numbers have been static: roughly
one third of the workforce are extremely engaged, 50% are neither engaged nor
disengaged, and one sixth is actively disengaged and even sabotaging their
workplace. Gallup estimates the cost of disengagement at half a trillion
dollars per year in lost productivity.

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All Leadership Is Servant Leadership

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When I find myself having similar
conversations with multiple clients, it’s a cue that the topic is something
many people struggle with or are curious about, so it makes sense to discuss it
here. Today’s topic is a great example. I’ve noticed that new ‘leaders’ commonly
aren’t told that, in addition to all of their other new job responsibilities,
there are some unwritten ones at the bottom of their to-do list.

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