As an executive coach, I believe that leadership skills are never fully mastered.  And as leaders, we never reach our full potential. I share these edu-tainment articles to help you purposefully pursue your potential as a leader.





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Blindsided By Bad Business Behavior?

Child Mode

Sooner or later bad business behavior is going to get you. It happens to us all. And it happens without warning. Emotional outbursts triggered by anger, frustration, greed, or some other negative feeling.

Your success in these interactions will be determined by whether you choose to react or respond.

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Distracted Listening – A Two Minute Solution

Distracted Listening

We now have laws prohibiting distracted driving. It’s proven to be dangerous and sometimes fatal. If you’re not using your phone while you’re behind the wheel, it still leaves ample opportunities to stay connected with the wireless world. Once you’ve conquered the demons of distracted driving, your next challenge is distracted listening. This occurs when you’re physically with another person but your attention and interests are elsewhere.

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It’s A Wonderful Business

Executive Suite

Most of us born after 1954 HAVE missed the film Executive Suite. It depicts an internal struggle for control of a furniture manufacturing company after the unexpected death of the company’s President. As with the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the movie presents a powerful message about what should be really important when leading a business.

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Leadership Biology 201

Simon Sinek

Why Invest 46 Minutes Watching A Video Monolog?

If it’s” Why Guy”, Simon Sinek, it’s a worthy investment. And with any good investment, you should expect a reasonable return. I guarantee you will find value in what Simon says in his new message: Leaders Eat Last.

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Transparency: Your Path to Personal Power

Transparency- Xray

We are now hearing the word “transparency” as an essential attribute of management style. Is it possible that transparent leaders have become one of the silent prerequisites for efficient organizations?

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