Leadership Breakthroughs

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.





Leadership Breakthroughs is the “official’ blog site for Chicago Executive Coaching.

Lip Service and Your Reputation

Lip Service

Most of us know what the term “Lip Service” means. We’ve all been guilty of serving it up. And we’ve all experienced the frustration that comes with being “served”. If you really understood what Lip Service can do to both your reputation and personal power, you’d avoid serving it up at all costs. Let’s take a closer look.

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What’s Your “Job Currency”?


While it is not always clearly understood or communicated, every job has it’s “currency”. Yes, you receive a pay check or an electronic equivalent. That is the currency that you receive. But what is the currency that you must provide to assure that you continue to receive that your pay?

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The Resume Story

Jim With Folder

Once upon a time, there was a senior executive named Jim. Jim had a highly successful, 34 year career; all with the same large company. Jim’s career path was one of steady and consistent progress up his company’s corporate ladder. He eventually became a Vice President. Through out Jim’s career he witnessed scores of other execs come and go. But Jim, somehow had remarkable staying power. What was Jim’s Secret?

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Who is Your Successor?

Feet Up

Successor Development: Whose Job is it? All too many leaders struggle with proper prioritization of their own management succession. Have you ever had these thoughts about job succession? “Who has time to think about grooming a successor? I’ve got work to do!”
If so, you’re not alone. You’re in good company. Or are you really in bad company? Procrastination with succession is a common, yet costly state-of-mind. What’s behind it?

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Simon Sinek Meets Mr. Maslow

Simon Ponders Maslow

Remembering Abraham Maslow: Most of us studied Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in college. His insight is intended to make us better managers and leaders by recognizing and responding to the evolving needs of our co-workers. If we understand that the lower level needs are prerequisites for moving up the pyramid, it is a leader’s responsibility to assure that unsatisfied lower level needs are not obstacles to higher levels of performance. How many of today’s leader’s have abandoned Maslow’s wisdom in favor of the next managerial shiny new object?

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Working Virtually: A Double Edged Sword

Double Edged Sword

Virtual workplace arrangement can be liberating. You eliminate unproductive commuting, enhance work-life balance, minimize distractions and allow you to produce great work. But when it comes to consideration for your next promotion, visual absence does NOT make hearts grow fonder.

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