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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Taking the “NO” Out of Innovation


When it comes to saying no, we can agree that it’s an important ability. We all have limited resources. We can’t afford to simply say yes to requests for our time and money. But what about others’ ideas? How often are you quick to dismiss them with a diminishing NO or even a BUT? Has saying no to other people’s ideas become a habit? As a leader, how often do you quash your followers’ brainstorms? How many creative solutions are you missing?

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Personal Branding Decision: Tom’s LinkedIn Profile Image

TL Caricature

I’ve been using a caricature to enhance my personal branding. Now that I’ve had years of fun with this, I’m wondering: “Is it too much of a fun thing?” Is it time to move on? I’d love if you could weigh in with your vote and/or comments.

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