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From Smart to Wise: Transformative Insights for Leaders

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As a senior executive coach, I get to work with a lot of really smart people who have serious processing power upstairs. Smart, however, doesn’t always mean wise. In a nutshell, intelligence is usually about generating or acquiring knowledge while wisdom is about exercising good judgment in applying that knowledge. There are other simple distinctions between intelligence and wisdom that you can use as a guide to determine in which direction you lean or, better yet, what it looks like to strike a

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Leading with Happiness: What Bill Walton Taught Us About True Success

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Bill Walton’s Philosophy of Joy Why is it that the death of NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton this week hits me harder than the passing of most celebrities that I’ve never met? I think it’s because he so clearly sought joy in his life and that a big source of joy for him was giving it to others, including me as one of his many fans as a player and especially as a broadcaster.

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Remembering a Loyal and Loving Leader

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The picture that accompanies this post will forever be my reminder that life is about savoring the moment. It was taken just shy of three months ago during the first Christmas we spent in our new home in Durham, NC. The woman in the center of the picture with the look of pure joy on her face is my mom, Judy Eblin. She’s framed by her grandsons and their life partners, Andy and Donna on her right, and Brad and Renee on her left.

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Five Ways for Leaders to Get Out of Chronic Fight or Flight

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In a phone conversation with a senior executive last week, he greeted me by exclaiming, “Happy January 39 th !” He’s not the only one that feels like the beginning of 2024 has been overstuffed with things to do and deal with. Pretty much every senior leader I work with has a plate that is overflowing with big issues – return to office initiatives, higher performance goals, huge investments, achieving operational excellence, you name it.

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How to Get Out of the Executive Meeting Spin Cycle

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The number one complaint I hear from my senior executive coaching clients is the number of meetings they find themselves in every day. Their calendars are so racked and stacked they feel like they’re stuck in a spin cycle of conversations which leaves little to no time for strategic thinking or action. If this condition sounds familiar, here are seven simple steps you can take to get yourself out of the executive meeting spin cycle: Demand Clear Objectives : When you’re asked to attend a meeting

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How to Show Confidence and Vulnerability at the Same Time

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Leaders need to be confident! Leaders should show vulnerability! Yes, and yes. In a LinkedIn pol l I conducted this week, 100% of the respondents at the time I wrote this post said it’s possible to exhibit confidence and vulnerability at the same time. So, how do you do it? I think it depends on what your confidence is based on. If it’s the force of your personality that you’re relying on, the sizzle more than the steak so to speak, it’s probably impossible to show both confidence and vulnerabil

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How to Prepare for Performance Management Conversations

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For a number of my executive coaching clients, it’s the time of year when they’re wrapping up annual performance review conversations. As is usually the case, some of those are easy and fun, and others are hard and stress-inducing. Whether they’re part of an annual cycle, or much more useful, a timely pull-up on recent performance, performance management conversations are a fact of corporate life.