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.

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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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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