My former business partner Rick Diamond came up with the concept of a Usual Suspects Lunch List, and I have adopted it. Create a list of those you most enjoy having lunch with, and whenever there is an opening your executive assistant has permission to simply go next down on the list to invite that person to lunch so that you will never eat alone (if you don’t want to).
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He who knows and knows that he knows, He is wise, follow him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, He is asleep, awaken him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, He is a fool, shun him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not, He […]
As an executive coach, two future-related questions often leap to mind: 1. How will the client and their organization get to the desired destination/vision? 2. And is that really the right place for them to go? These are fun and interesting questions to ask, but the ensuing discussions can veer in a number of different […]
The Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis is a comprehensive and interactive guide that introduces and then details the fundamental aspects of SWOT analysis. The co-authors, Jackson Hille, Content Associate of FormSwift, and Justin Gomer, a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, decided to make the guide upon noticing the below average quality of easily accessible information involving […]
Whose life are you living? David Whyte asks the question, “Would you rather fail at your life than be successful at living out someone else’s life successfully?” If you find yourself living out the life your parents wanted you to live, it is time to ask yourself Whyte’s question. The process of living out someone […]
What is often frustrating to leaders is energizing to this executive coach. People often ask, “Where is the most fun for you when working with a client?” I respond, “Picture a venn diagram where leading self, leading others, and leading the organization all intersect. Because of growth, it looks and feels like chaos to everyone […]
If you feel “not ______ enough,” seeking entry into a more elite circle isn’t necessarily going to make you feel full and complete. There’s a reason why Groucho Marx’s line, “I would never join a club that would have me as a member,” is so often recited. Without self-acceptance, any form of external acceptance feels suspect.
8 steps to delegating tasks and Authority more effectively. If you know what you want your employees to do, don’t play games give clear direction.
Listening has become a lost art, perhaps because we’ve become so focused on ourselves. We’re used to getting what we want when we want it in this on-demand world. Listening is about others. It’s about giving them what they want and need. It’s about connecting with others on many different levels.
A group of leadership experts from around the world will soon be providing their insights on how to crack the leadership code. They will provide their successful models and strategies so that you, too, can grow your and your organization’s leadership skills and abilities.
Significant others are, in effect, Secret Business Partners. They can act as sounding boards. They can ask questions others may be too afraid to ask–ones that often begin with “Why?” They can also use their knowledge of their partner’s strengths, failings, and personal history to add context and make judgments. Significant others can even have the last word on key business decisions–particularly when it would mean more work or responsibilities (and time away from home) for the executive.
When I learned I had ADHD at age 40, I was grateful to have a label for my way of being. I read all I could on the subject. In the process, I discovered compensatory strategies for leading myself and others.
One of the most effective strategies I employed was to change how people reported to me.
I explained to employees that if they wanted to keep my attention, they should provide me with the headline, key sound bites, and the outcome before launching into the story. That way I would stay attuned during their reports, ask better questions, and leave with a better understanding.
As a business leader who built a company from 2 to 2,200 employees with a business partner, and as a business coach who has work with many business partnerships for over a decade, I know what gets said between business partners and what is often left unsaid. Today’s post is about the questions business partners […]