“How to Prepare for a Meeting without Getting Eaten Alive” should be the name of one of Harvey Mackay’s books. Late last week I was having breakfast with my dear friend Ken Fink, who does wealth management for billionaires. He said that Harvey Mackay’s CEO round table group is by far the best gathering of [...]
Leadership Goals are accomplished by great leaders by using the process known as GPSing. You must first begin by asking goal questions, then position Q.
Leadership Efficiency can be costly to the sustainability of an organization. When you strive for efficiency you can lose your sense of purpose.
4 Ways to Improve Your References People often list references as quickly and thoughtlessly as if they’re filling in their birth date or contact numbers. They don’t, however, bother to find out what their references will say about them. You might be surprised what some references say about their former coworkers or students. It can [...]
How to lead an efficient and effective meeting Communicate the importance of attendance, participation, and punctuality. If key staff members don’t show up, cancel the meeting. If their absence has been approved in advance, have them delegate their decision-making responsibility to someone else in the meeting. Make sure all agenda items are aligned with your [...]
An interview with Nicholas Kralev, author of Decoding Air Travel: A Guide to Saving on Airfare and Flying in Luxury Interview by John LeTourneau, Executive Coach, CO2 Partners About the Author: Nicholas Kralev is a writer, educator, and speaker on global travel, diplomacy, and international affairs. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he [...]
When I ask leaders where they are most productive, they often say on the plane. They enjoy being unplugged for several hours, and they get more done. Avoid using wifi on planes if you can. And if you’re not on a plane, imagine you are for the next few hours. What might you be able [...]
Sometimes not feeling like you belong has more to do with you than with the others in the group. Try changing the question. Instead of asking yourself “Do I belong?” or “Why don’t I belong?” ask, “How do I belong?”
An executive coaching client of mine wanted to build a monster company with floor after floor of employees. After plowing deep into his purpose, he realized that was someone else’s dream. What he really wanted was a lifestyle business that allowed him the opportunity to engage passionately in his avocations.
It is strategic planning season for businesses. As an executive coach and strategist I am spending a great deal of my time working with companies on their planning for 2011. It is always amazing to me how many executives have decision making criteria in their head to evaluate what is or is not a good decision. And yet what they do not due is build this capability into the organization as a whole. Additionally, when you begin to be deliberate about the criteria for decision making you move from unconsciously competent to consciously competent.
For those who are not familiar with Kevin Maney he is an author and journalist who has interviewed many of the biggest names in business in a career spanning 25 years. His most recent book is Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On and Others Don’t, published in the fall of 2009 by Broadway Books. He [...]
Last night Dan Pink, author of Whole New Mind (excellent book) spoke at Ted Mann hall at the University of Minnesota. As he was speaking, Obama was giving his acceptance speech. Somehow the connection between what Pink was speaking of and the fact that the Democratic Convention was happening a few miles a way, got [...]
Just Ask: Greatness Happens When You Ask! The research is complete. We conducted two focus groups, and in the first focus group we beat out the two bestselling books that we were compared to. In the second focus group we beat out one of the two bestselling books. Given ours was only in rough format, [...]