The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! presents When are you ready for an executive coach? There is an optimal time for you to hire an executive coach, and this post outlines how to tell when the time is right for you.”.

25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Senior leaders often hire executive coaches to help them create their development plan. A good coach has the ability to ask just the right question at the right time in order to create insight and inspiration to change. However, a good executive coach doesn’t come cheap. I’ll coach you right here, right now – for free! Managers, once you’ve created your own plan, use the questions to coach your employees to create their plans.

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Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change. Managers must keep things in order through planning, executing, and evaluating.

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Crucible Roles


Once you have identified individuals that you and your organization believe are high potential leaders, provide them with roles or projects that test their mettle. Executive Coaching

3 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Culture


Big producers, wealthy clients, and large deals are all part of who they are and what they project. One of the first activities that we conduct with a new coaching client at CO2 Partners is a values assessment. Executive Coaching

8 Guidelines for Leadership Coaching and Team Building Activities

Mike Cardus

Coaching individuals and teams working together to find the goal and what the solution will look like once that goal is achieved requires effort from the person and me. The guidelines above align with team building & executive coaching activities.

Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” Richard, a software executive, withdraws for rest breaks after intensive training sessions.

A Sample Size of One


Others will weigh in on whether you’re ready and right for parenthood, they can fill your head with all the challenges and wonders, and, using all kinds of data points, they can make projections, some of which will be undoubtedly come true. Executive Coaching

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7 Principles of Leadership Development: The Chance to Lead

Mike Cardus

The Chief Executive. We quickly realized that the chance to lead and have a coaching , mentoring and development system in place is the strongest piece for developing leaders. These were all real projects that had a high profile in the organization, nothing was made up or pretend work.

What if the Miracle Question Worked with Corporate Teams?

Mike Cardus

The Miracle Question The miracle question is a method of questioning that a coach, therapist, or counselor uses to aid the client to envision how the future will be different when the problem is no longer present.

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How to Motivate the Team? How can I Stay Motivated?

Mike Cardus

Coaching and consulting teams people usually want to know. What about this team project (task, goal, etc…) is relevant to people on the team? What is the 1st step the team can take to quantify the relevance of this project?

What if the people engaged in planning are wrong about what needs to be done?

Mike Cardus

Share past, present and future projected financial information. For example with a project planning team. The project team appreciated and was able to do great work knowning that.

Make a list of “to becomes”


As you consider that big global project that you need to start (the “to do”), think about the impact that listening better (the “to become”) can have on its’ success. How might better listening help you to assure the success of that project?

Change in Companies and Teams is Not Only Possible, it is Inevitable

Mike Cardus

When consulting and working on long-term projects with teams, the initial meeting is used to determine: Where is the team right now? Photo Credit. Working with managers, teams and various sizes of companies …we all feel stuck and that nothing is ever going to change.

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Management and Team Leadership Is Telling People What To Do

Mike Cardus

Employee to Manager, “ What would help me the most is some clarity on what you expect me to do and by when, this would be really useful in prioritizing my work and multiple projects sent to me daily.”. This is a vicious cycle of trouble.

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Change Your Social Context, Change Your Life


I moved from the front of the stage to coach. Today, rather than being a rock star, I coach them. Executive Coaching by Gary Cohen “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” – Gandhi.

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Love and kindness in leadership


Andrew managed a group of employees that weren’t meeting deadlines for a major project. The project delays were costing his company money and time, and he knew that they might just cost him his job.

Managerial-Leadership Development Belongs to the Manager of the Person Being Developed NOT Human Resources!

Mike Cardus

Too often managers and executive teams delegate or task off any and all training and development to the Human Resources staff. The ownness for developing staff, especially managers that report to managing-directors, executives and other managers, belongs to the persons direct manager.

Managerial-Leadership Case Study: Contextual Goals Matter

Mike Cardus

We are working on a 10 month project to change over our IT functions to a new government health system and we need to have it operational with all the bugs worked out in 14 months. Frank’s part of the project was due 3 days ago and he is still not done. Contextual Goals Matter.

Executive Presence: What’s Your “Talk Track”?

Great Leadership By Dan

In my work as an executive coach, I meet at least once a month with each of my coaching clients. For better or worse, this talk track ends up becoming part of their executive presence and their brand as a leader.

Reflecting Upon the Team Building and Leadership Experience

Mike Cardus

Sitting in a hotel lobby in Baltimore Maryland in month two of a three month partner program with Project Ascent , coaching and facilitating a team building and leadership process for managers and supervisors at McCormick Spice ….

Management Coaching and Development. Situation, Objectives and First Meeting Plans

Mike Cardus

I am headed to Philadelphia PA to coach five managers separately for six months, and thought that sharing the situation summary, objectives and first meeting agenda / plan would prove useful to you. Coaching and development for 5 high potential managers. First coaching meeting.

Leading through Long Term Influence

Great Leadership By Dan

Beth Armknecht Miller , of Atlanta, Georgia, is Founder and President of Executive Velocity, a leadership development advisory firm accelerating the leadership success of CEOs and business leaders. She is also a Vistage Chair and Executive Coach.

25 Career Options in Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

Executive coach : h elping to unlock the potential within managers through assessment, feedback, questions, etc…. College Professor or Adjunct Instructor : t eaching leadership and management courses in degree or executive development programs.

Energy Leadership: Anabolic vs. Catabolic


Anabolic energy helps you move forward and achieve long-term goals, achieve successful results on your projects, and is critical in leading others in the same direction. The post Energy Leadership: Anabolic vs. Catabolic appeared first on Blog | Executive Coaching | CO2 Partners.

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After the Talent Review…Now What?

Great Leadership By Dan

Thankfully I have this blog as an outlet. (-: The “what do we do next” question is a common one that leadership teams will ask, and most busy executives, especially those in smaller, fast-paced companies don’t have a lot of patience for long lectures and complicated theory. Offer executive coaching. Offer to send the person to an executive development program. Decide on a “stretch assignment” (challenging project) for the individual.

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What is holding you back?


Starting a new project or finishing an old one. appeared first on Blog | Executive Coaching | CO2 Partners. “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning” - Mahatma Gandhi.

6 Important Elements of an Executive IDP Process

Great Leadership By Dan

One of the challenges organizations face in developing their senior executives is the need for "mass customization". By "mass customization", I'm referring to the the need to address very unique leadership development needs for an organization's top executives, while at the same time, doing it in a consistent, measurable, effective, and scalable way that yields a strong return on investment. At the top of an organization, no two executive's development needs are the same.

Leadership Blind Spots

Coaching Tip

There's neither time nor money to do a competent marketing plan, let alone execute it -- and the venture fails -- needlessly. It doesn't have to be an expensive, complicated project. Why does every new leader need a coach ? John Agno: Ask the Coach.

Life Comes Down to “Moments”

Your Voice of Encouragement

Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith closes What Got You Here Won’t Get You There , with a thought-provoking chapter. Quit projecting ahead to when you get the next achievement, promotion or house, and focus on appreciating and taking pleasure in who and what you have in your life today.

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Expand Your Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

I worked with Joe as an executive coach for over a year. This real-life case study shows how an executive can expand a simple coaching assignment to benefit his team and company. The most important factor in executive coaching is not the coach – it is the executive being coached and his or her co-workers. The project began when I met with Bruce Jones, CEO of Clarkson, and Mary Washington, EVP of Human Resources. Coachin

Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Becoming an Extraordinary Coach

The Practical Leader

A highlight of the week was our certification to deliver ZF’s unique and powerful skill development system The Extraordinary Coach. Here are a few gems from The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow.

Get a Specific “SIP”

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Karissa Thacker What is your current specific self-improvement project? I have taken a coaching tip from Mark Zuckerberg, the boy wonder and CEO of Facebook, and have committed myself to one self-improvement project for this entire year.

Marshall Goldsmith 15 Coaches Winners + Much More!

Marshall Goldsmith

I called the project 15 Coaches. Given the overwhelmingly positive response I have received for this project, I have decided to expand the program from 15 to 100 coaches! The first group of 25 coaches will join me in Phoenix in December.

Claim Your Freedom at Work

Harvard Business Review

For a senior executive I'll call Karen, one of those defining moments came most unexpectedly when her boss tried to give her a one-line performance review for the third year in a row. This year, she was determined to elicit specific feedback, especially since she had just endured a stressful year leading a major project that defined the company's future. It would clearly require spending more time on projects she enjoyed and less on efforts that left her feeling drained.

Put Your $$ Where Your Mouth Is!

Marshall Goldsmith

Coaching for Behavioral Change: Learning from a Great Leader. I believe that many leadership coaches are paid for the wrong reasons. and “How much time did I spend in coaching?” Those who know me well know that I have an unusual arrangement with my coaching clients.

Creating a Great Rest of Your Life

Marshall Goldsmith

Frances Hesselbein is the former national executive director of the Girl Scouts of the United States and is now chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute. Management guru Peter Drucker considered Hesselbein to be the greatest executive he had ever met. ” If you’re the chief executive officer of a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar corporation, you can’t stand up and share your existential angst with the world.

Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Two or three times a week, a physician contacts me, in search of executive coaching. He considered leaving his executive post for a clinical one in a quiet urgent care facility. Physician executives know they need to grow in all these areas. That’s where coaching comes in.

The Success Delusion

Marshall Goldsmith

We often: • Overestimate our contribution to a project; • Have an elevated opinion of our professional skills and standing among our peers; • Exaggerate our project’s impact on profitability by discounting real and hidden costs. It might be those five minutes in the executive meeting when you had the floor and nailed the argument that you wanted to make. Basketball coach Rick Pitino wrote a book called Success Is a Choice.

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

Harvard Business Review

“For the sake of your team, you need to stop,” says Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room and managing partner of Paravis Partners, an executive coaching and leadership development firm. “Ask a colleague you trust: ‘How’s that project going?’”