Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
by Suzanne Bates - Aug, 2011
The mother of a friend of mine always used to say, "Nothing good happens after midnight." After reading the August 1st WSJ article about the Allstate insurance executive who got fired for unflattering remarks about his boss, I would only add "...at the company off-site meeting." The fellow who undoubtedly wishes he had stopped at one (martini, scotch, beer) is Joseph Lacher, the now former president of Allstate's home and a...
Are you walking the talk?
by Hallie Crawford - Aug, 2011
On a recent career group coaching call my client, Tracey, said something brilliant. In the previous week she had been working on becoming more aware of her behavior by observing herself more to understand if she was walking her talk. She has been talking about staying committed to her job search and remaining open to new ideas. Well she realized that some of this was just lip service and she wasn’t actually walking her talk!...
Bay Area Executive Coaching - Developing Character and Wisdom
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Aug, 2011
I was recently working with one of my Bay Area executive coaching clients – the president of a professional services firm. We talked about how he could help company leaders develop character and wisdom. My executive coaching client and I discussed how it is more important to focus on success and fulfillment than perfection. I am coaching my client to develop wisdom, virtue and true expertise. Developing Character and Wis...
Leaders: An Idea to Kickstart the Week
by Andy Robinson - Aug, 2011
I have a couple of executive coaching clients who share a great Monday morning habit -- one that really sets the tone for a positive week. It's a great way to kickstart the week and inspire your team members. It involves four simple steps: 1.Write down the names of all of your direct reports on a blank piece of paper -- no particular order, just a simple list with a few blank lines between each name. 2.For each person o...
by Valerie Sokolosky - Aug, 2011
When you think about personal branding, most of the time, you consider things like, what does my personal appearance say about my professionalism? Or what does my web site say about my innovation? Or what does my speech say about my work ethic? What gets forgotten, or really not even consider, is what does my office say about my company? And I mean physical office. Not your wonderful co-workers and superiors, but rather the...
Forgotten Forms of First Impressions
by Valerie Sokolosky - Aug, 2011
A crucial component of your professional image is your first impression. Your word choice, your tone, your appearance and your body language communicate a particular message to the person that you are meeting. Your entire relationship is built on this first interaction. Even if we don’t do a good job of preparing for this first meeting, most of us know that first impressions matter. We remember the offhanded comment said by...
One Simple Tip to Immediately Improve Your Professional Communication
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2011
Be concise. Yep, that’s it. For many years I’ve taught professional writing seminars in addition to my career speeches and workshops. In these programs, “Be concise” is the advice I find myself dispensing more than any other. Even in our world of 140-charater tweets, 160-character texts and txt msg spk, most people make the mistake of talking and writing way more than is necessary. Here are some reasons why concise...
Executive Wisdom - The 8 Traps of High Achievers
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jul, 2011
I was recently working with one of my San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching clients – the president of a professional services firm. We talked about how he was driven to achieve his goals and addicted to perfection. My executive coaching client and I discussed how it is more important to focus on success and fulfillment than perfection. I am coaching my client to overcome the eight traps of high achievers, and focus mor...
Top 10 Tweets... Untwisted
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Jul, 2011
Twitter is a great tool for coaches like me. I can give off the cuff bits of advice and insight in just a few seconds to all my followers on Twitter, fans on Facebook, and contacts on LinkedIn. As a general rule, I tweet about 3 times per day Monday through Thursday. Sometimes you’ll even see a tweet on a Friday or a Saturday if I come across something really good. The only problem is, well, I’m limited in space and someti...
How are you asking for help?
by Dawn Bugni - Jul, 2011
I received the following via email a few Fridays ago: “Good Afternoon, I am currently unemployed and for the past few months I have been trying to present better ways to get my resume points of view across to recruiters. I have been trying to co-mingle value based information and actual job duties that I have done. When I do that it seems to create sort of a “laundry list” of my duties and I am trying to stay away from t...
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