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Is Culture Complementing or Killing Your Company?

Japan’s post-WWII economic growth through the 1980’s was nothing short of miraculous to the outside observer. Could it be that the nation’s culture was primarily responsible for transforming a small, resource-poor island country into the second largest economy in the world? And do companies, like nations, have distinct cultures? According to Gareth Morgan, in his book Images of Organization, it was the West’s difficulty in competing with Japan during the eighties that sparked a sudden interest among managers and academics to ... Read more

Know Thy Team: 5 Ways You Can Lead Better by Respecting What Others Value

--The next time you witness a fight over something that seems totally frivolous to you, remember this post.--     Have you ever experienced a situation like this one?: A CEO walks into a staff meeting and announces to her team that the company has exceeded its quarterly financial goals and now they need to decide how to use the excess profits. She asks for a show of hands to determine whether the profits should be distributed as cash bonuses or used to purchase ... Read more

Know Thyself: Beliefs and Values

Behind every decision you make is a value, and behind every value is a belief. As a leader, understanding how beliefs and values work will help you: Recognize what drives you Discover a compelling vision for your life Understand the people you lead and how they interact with each other   Great leaders are passionate about what they do. I like to spend time helping my clients discover what they are passionate about so that they can create a compelling vision for the future that they will be ... Read more

For the Love of Work

Dorothy Sayers, the brilliant English writer, said it best in her essay, "Why Work?": Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God. [full text below] If this statement seems naïve or idealistic to you, I would encourage you to view ... Read more

Leadership Coaching for Small Business Owners

For small business owners, many of whom are focused on meeting daily production goals or making next week’s payroll, the concept of hiring a professional coach to help them grow as a leader sounds like a luxury. While multinationals and huge corporations can easily allocate a part of their budgets to executive coaches, training seminars, and organizational development, the small business owner really feels every dollar that goes out the door. Developing leadership skills isn’t cheap or quick. So is it really ... Read more

How Much is Bad Leadership Costing You?

The main reason organizations spend money on executive coaching is because bad leadership negatively impacts organizations, leading to higher costs and increased risks. Some of these costs can be measured and others cannot, but they are all significant and worthy of attention. 1. The Impact of a Leader Image courtesy of jscreationzs at A leader is ultimately responsible for his or her organization. The leader's decisions ripple throughout the entire organization they lead, to customers, co-workers, suppliers, clients, and the community they’re a part of. ... Read more

Why Corporations Spent Over a Billion Dollars Last Year on Executive Coaches

This is a post for skeptics and doubters – those who suspect that executive coaching is at best a passing fad, or at worst, nothing but quackery peddled by a pack of charlatans. This is a post for those who suspect that executive coaches might have their own circle in hell, probably near the infamous “management consultants.” But before grabbing our pitchforks and torches, let’s first investigate this issue by considering the decisions of a few entities renowned for their zero-bullshit policies, hardheaded scrutiny, ... Read more

Why I’m an Executive Coach

If there are so many books about leadership on the shelves of small business owners and in the offices of corporate executives the world over, then why do so many of these same people struggle to lead effectively? Strangely enough, we can largely answer this question by looking to a book written in Spain over 400 years ago. Generation after generation has found Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote to be relevant to their lives, but few have sought in it inspiration or ... Read more
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