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.

Possibility Thinking vs. Necessity Thinking

Necessity & Possibility Chart

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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How Do You Address Stress?

Top 7 Stress Sources

The “Stress Free Workplace” is an Oxymoron. There very few stress-free jobs or organizations today. That’s not always a bad thing. Stress is not something that should be avoided at all times. Stress can serve some very positive purposes. But when it reaches a level where job performance and health suffer, it’s time to take a closer look and ask: What is Stress Management?

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Challenging Your Naysayers


How often do new and different ideas and approaches meet with resistance?
In any team or group there are naysayers. The bean counter who says: “We can’t afford it” The engineer who proclaims: “That will never work.” or “It can’t be done.” The tenured folks who may say: “That’s not how we do things here.”
It’s enough to drive an optimist into submission. And sometimes it does.

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