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Smart Succession Planning: Getting Ready for Your Next Move

What if you lost one of your key employees unexpectedly? Happens all the time. “We really need to get better at succession planning.” A common desire expressed by many executives. But the reality is that it takes time and brainpower. Succession planning often gets put on the backburner. Sometimes it’s easier to see how far […]

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In a Summer Slump?

Summer is here–a time to relax and recharge. But if you’re like many people, you might be experiencing a “summer slump.” It happens to the best. Signs are: You’re not being as productive as you need to be. You’re not as energized about your work or the business. You’re feeling stagnant or lethargic. You’re procrastinating […]

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Having trouble with time management?

What are your top three specific priorities for the month? If I asked you that question, would you be able to name them quickly? If not, you’re like many executives I know. Intuitively you may know what’s most important, but instead you’re reacting to problems or requests as they arise. You may find yourself thinking, […]

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Is your insecurity showing?

“I thought I was ready, but had no idea what I was getting myself into. What if I’m not really cut out for this?” No matter how much experience you’ve had, it’s easy to doubt yourself and wonder if you’re “good enough” to get to the next level. In working with many leaders over the […]

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What’s your best advice?

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a “speed mentoring” event for professional women sponsored by the local business journal. As a mentor I was available to have five minute conversations with individual women who could ask questions about anything. Most asked specific questions about how to advance their business or career. One woman […]

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How compelling is your vision?

When working with organizations, I challenge leaders to think differently about the vision they really want for their business. Too many vision statements read well in print, but don’t resonate with employees. It’s not unusual for leadership teams to spend hours trying to come up with just the right words. Executives appear more concerned about […]

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Are you doing the right things?

You start each day knowing you’re not going to get everything done. Seems there’s always more you’d like to get done–and the list keeps growing. Right? As you move toward the end of the year, it’s natural to reflect on your progress and wonder where the time went. If you’re like many people, you’re doing […]

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Better Act Now!

Picture this: You just returned from a special event. It might have been an industry conference, a corporate event, a strategic planning session, a leadership retreat or training session. At the event, you talked about ideas you wanted to implement. You saw people you don’t ordinarily see or you met some new people. You’re energized. […]

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Three Questions to Ask When You Need to Lead — Not Referee

“I don’t have to referee anymore!” An elated executive I’ve been working with said he actually looked forward to going to work again.He had been dragging himself to the office for months feeling like he had to act like a parent to squabbling kids. Recently he let some long-time team members go.It was a painful […]

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Three Tips to Build Confidence as a Leader

How would you like to lead a critical meeting, have a difficult conversation or give a talk with greater ease? Where are YOU on the confidence scale? One of my clients was told she had to fill in at the last minute for her boss who was expected to make an important presentation to the executive board. […]

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