Leadership Breakthroughs

Welcome to Leadership Breakthroughs

As an executive coach, I have learned that leadership skill-sets and mindsets are never fully mastered.  And as leaders, we never reach our full potential.  We all face the challenge to engage others in our mutual goals.  The key is gaining our followers’ buy-in and commitment.

I’ve created the edu-tainment articles on Leadership Breakthroughs to help you purposefully pursue your potential as a leader: one breakthrough at a time.

Enjoy your journey!




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

What’s Wrong With Wanting More?

Blue Sky

We all want more of the good things and less of the bad things in life. Is that wrong? The desire for more isn’t wrong. But for things that are truly important to you, your approach needs to go beyond wanting “more”.

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Situational Integrity: An Oxymoron?

I am a Hypocrite

We can likely agree that integrity is an essential leadership attribute. Judging by their actions, some believe that integrity can and should be turned on and off light switch. That’s akin to believing you can be just a little bit pregnant.

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Possibility Thinking vs. Necessity Thinking

Necessity Thinking

It’s been said that people can be placed into one of two categories: Possibility Thinkers or Necessity Thinkers. Which are you? How would you characterize the people you lead?

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Choosing Your Calls To Action


Leaders typically choose their approach intuitively without thinking about the choice. What if they gave it more thought?

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Influencing Others: Intention vs. Technique

Intent - Wordle

Effective communication is all about influencing the thoughts and actions of others. There are countless “selling tactics” that you might apply to a given situation. But it is easy to shoot yourself in the foot with them. Why?

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Tom’s Top 10 Reasons to Seek Executive Coaching

Top 10

For those people who don’t live near the Idaho/British Columbia border who might want to understand more about Executive Coaching, allow me to share some situations where someone like me can make a valuable difference. Here are Tom’s Top 10 Reasons to Seek Executive Coaching.

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How Coachable Are You?


How is it that some really smart people fail to achieve at high levels? We’ve seen people with an apparent abundance of knowledge, intellect and skills. But they flounder. Why does that happen? Perhaps the answer lies in asking: Are You Coachable or Merely Teachable?

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