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The Danger of Praise, The Power of Encouragement

The Danger of Praise, The Power of Encouragement

By Dan Brown, PCC. With good intentions, but without knowing it, you could be subtly undermining the confidence of those you manage, even your top performers. How? By praising them. Yes, really. That praise can do as much damage as criticism at first may come as a...

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Coaching Results: A True Story!

Coaching Results: A True Story!

By Lilian Abrams, Ph.D., MBA, PCC. I’d like to tell you a true story about “Suzanne’s” results from coaching (my client’s name and select details have been changed to protect confidentiality). She is the highest-level female leader in a traditionally male industry —...

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Improving Leadership Skills: Making Changes that Last

Improving Leadership Skills: Making Changes that Last

Lucas is a career-minded professional who sees opportunity on the horizon — a chance to become a member of his company’s senior team in the next couple of years. Smartly, he wants to improve his leadership skills and prepare for his next role. A sore point for him has...

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Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Grow in the Learning Zone

Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Grow in the Learning Zone

By Janet Makepeace, PCC. As a leader, running toward comfort in your career can be a roadblock to your success.  Experience and knowledge that you bring with you on your leadership journey shapes your ability as you take on broader leadership roles.  Becoming...

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How to Get the Big Things Done!

How to Get the Big Things Done!

Most of our day is spent working on the day-to-day. That is, most of us are pretty good at organizing a to-do list and prioritizing what needs to get done today. We work hard. We’re efficient. Trouble is, as urgent as many short-term “must dos” are, they rarely...

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What Does it Mean to be a Better Leader?

What Does it Mean to be a Better Leader?

As you reflect on the start of a new year and the beginning of a new decade, perhaps you have some big picture changes or improvements in mind. In terms of professional development and career growth, “building leadership skills” often rises to the top of the list....

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Loosening the Grip of Emotions

Loosening the Grip of Emotions

By Michael Nagle, PCC. All of us experience anxiety, fear, anger and sadness in our personal and professional lives, especially during times of change, it’s unavoidable. But many leaders refuse to admit emotions exist, either their own or other people’s emotions. As a...

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Be a More Effective Coach with Your Direct Reports

Be a More Effective Coach with Your Direct Reports

By Steve Hansen, PCC. Over the years every executive coach hones his/her skills and begins to develop a ‘toolbox’ of practices and techniques that help their clients become more effective in the workplace. These ‘tools’ are used strategically as we actively listen to...

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Values, Goals, and Digital Minimalism

Values, Goals, and Digital Minimalism

Laura Hansen, PCC. In his book, Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport offers a philosophy for technology use.  Technology is neither good nor bad.  The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you.   Digital minimalists are all around...

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Journaling: You’re Bound to See Things Differently

Journaling: You’re Bound to See Things Differently

By Dan Brown, PCC. Throughout each day, you star in your own dramatic works of art. Morning rush hour. Meeting with the boss. Negotiating a deal. Dinner with the family… A farce here, a triumphant drama there, comedies and tragedies round the clock.  Set design and...

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