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.

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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Favorite SMART Leadership is now Leadership Breakthroughs

Leadership Breakthroughs

This blog now has a new name. SMART Leadership is now “Leadership Breakthroughs”. Why the Change? What’s in it for YOU? Might you discover some “Breakthrough Ideas”? Read more.

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Are You Opinionated or Open Minded?

2 Attitudes

Now You Would You Characterize Yourself?
Would you say you’re more open minded? Or are you more opinionated?To be fair, we all have opinions. And, we all like to think of ourselves as open minded. How often do you hear anyone admit to being closed minded?

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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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