9 (bad) Habits to stop now!

Do an 80/20 analysis of your customer base in two ways–which 20% are producing 80%+ of my profit, and which 20% are consuming 80%+ of my tim

4 Signs an Executive Isn’t Ready for Coaching

The stigma of asking for or being assigned an executive coach is vanishing quickly. The growth of the industry tells us so. In the U.S. alone, $1 billion was spent on business, personal and relationship coaches last year, according to IbisWorld, up about 20% from five years earlier. And the number of business coaches worldwide has zoomed more than 60% since 2007, according to one coaching association. But while executive coaches have improved the performance of many already-good managers and sanded the rough edges off many less effective ones, they aren’t a miracle cure. In fact, we have seen many companies waste considerable sums by assigning coaches to managers who just aren’t ready to be

What's your motto?

INTJ: I told you, and, as always, I was right. INTP: Too genius to clean my room. INFP: My precious little inner world is too fragile for… everyone. INFJ: I live for my cause, I would die for my cause, and I’ll kill for my cause, if needed. ENFP: If I met Jesus and Satan in a bar, the three of us would be best buddies after a few drinks. ENTJ: Keep up with me, or die trying, or die for not trying. ENFJ: I follow my heart; you all will follow my heart, too. ENTP: Smash my arguments or GTFO. ESTJ: My intelligence doesn’t make me right - my status does. ISTJ: Maintain the working system, never change it. ESFJ: Here is what you should feel; if you don’t, something must be wrong with you. ISFJ: W

The Importance Of Values: 12 Ways Startups Can Build Their Ethical FoundationUntitled

Companies are forged based on their ethics. Not only are ethical values the building blocks of any startup, they can be critical in determining how a company deals with certain situations and how it handles internal and external issues. Setting a strong ethical framework in place is necessary to ensure that the company doesn’t find itself in hot water later in its life, with potentially devastating effects on its development. But how can a business figure out what values make up its ethical foundation and how can it make sure it stays true to them forever? To help, members of Forbes Coaches Council look at 12 ways startups can create an ethical framework for their company from the ground up,

Why we don't do what we said we will do?

In my advanced leadership course, we conclude by having each participant share their greatest challenges to success and how we can help them achieve it. In most cases (if not all), the greatest challenge people have is, it's stepping out of their comfort zone. Often times, it's clouded by different emotional or inborn resistance. As one CEO shared with us that why she wasn't holding her senior manager accountable was because "he could be my father". Or, another one shared that he's been challenged by not following through from as long as he can remember and if he couldn't change by now he doesn't see how he could change. Or, another complained that he just can't get up in the morning (usuall

The Fourth Commandment Of Family Business Succession: Have A Life Outside The Business

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/07/08/the-fourth-commandment-of-family-business-succession-have-a-life-outside-the-business/#3ad8767a6291 I once met a prominent family business psychologist, and he shared with me a very powerful insight. He often gets called into family businesses to help wIith the family's business succession plan. One of the things he insists on is meeting the spouse of the founder, owner or CEO. If he ascertains that the only reason the spouse has respect for the founder is because of their position, he claims that the founder will likely never retire, as they won’t want to lose the power of the title. Therefore, a seamless business successionwill l

The Silo Mentality: How To Break Down The Barriers

The Silo Mentality as defined by the Business Dictionary is a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. Silo is a business term that has been passed around and discussed at many board room tables over the last 30 years. Unlike many other trendy management terms this is one issue that has not disappeared over the years. Departmental silos are seen as a growing pain for most organizations of all sizes. It is the duty of the executive leaders and management to prepare a

How to create the career of your choice!

So you were hired for your dream job (or so you thought). Only now, you’ve realized that it’s not what you expected it to be. Maybe you were a bit idealistic about the industry and thought the work would be more meaningful than it actually is. Or maybe the working environment doesn’t play to your strengths—you prefer independent work when everything’s based around teams, or there are just too many rules to follow. Now you feel let down and restless, and you’re wondering whether your expectations were just too high. So, what’s the deal? Do you suck it up and feel miserable for the rest of your life? Or do you do what most people suggest—figure out what career would better suit you and apply f

When Passion Leads to Burnout

You’ve no doubt heard the well-worn advice that “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s a nice idea but a total myth. When we equate work we love with “not really working,” it propagates a belief that if we love it so much, we should do more of it — all of the time, actually. Who needs a day off when you’re not really working?! There’s a whole cottage industry committed to proliferating this mindset — from books, to talks, and even kitsch stores selling piles of “Work is Bliss” quotes on merchandise. This type of mentality leads to burnout, and the consequences can be both dire and hard to detect. As an expert in workplace happiness and someone who speaks intern

The Real Reason Your Boss Lacks Emotional Intelligence

Over the past century, the heartless, no-nonsense CEO has become something of an icon—and a cliché—in American society. Hollywood would have us believe that the Machiavellian chief exec is still alive and well. But that’s just TV, right? How about in the real world? Do businesses still allow these inhumane relics to survive? To find out, TalentSmart analyzed the emotional intelligence (EQ) profiles of the million-plus people in our database—workers from the frontlines to the C-suite. We discovered that the answer is yes, organizations today do promote the emotionally inept … except when they don’t. Allow me to explain. We found that EQ scores climb with titles from the bottom of the corporat

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