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May you stay in one place forever

A terrible thought, isn’t it? But that’s how the Tartar tribes of central Asia used to pronounce a certain curse over their enemies. They didn’t curse them to die but you and I know what staying in one place forever would do to us. What’s even worse? The fact that we don’t make time for growth. […]

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Inch by inch

If going the distance was easy, everyone would reach their destinations. But do they? Could it be that their desire maybe stopping them dead in the tracks? Could it be that the “right now” culture is ruining it all for us? While I may not have an answer, I do know this: nothing really happens […]

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I’m an Executive Coach!

THERE! I said it! Had a hard time mustering enough courage to get that out in the public. Not anymore. What changed? A shift in perspective. I had a realization this afternoon — the way I introduce myself usually suck! I start with my organization, what it does (and a minute and a half have […]

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You don’t just rush into a transformation

Had a couple of “power” coaching sessions today. Not trying to impress you — I just felt the sessions were rushed through. On both occasions, the clients powered through their objectives before concluding the session. They were happy to have arrived at a viable solution. I wasn’t. In fact, I was thoroughly dissatisfied with missing […]

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Leadership is a contact sport

And the more in contact you are with your stakeholders (bosses, peers and/or direct reports) the better it is for you as a leader. Not just to get things done or to accomplish those big-hairy-audacious-goals but for the most significant leadership behavioral change. There’s a reason why companies embrace 360 reviews or are letting go […]

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Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away [Republished]

Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. In some […]

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“Bare basics” is a great start

Spent a chunk of this morning figuring out an effective content marketing strategy that quite literally is “elementary” by a professional marketer’s standards. I can tell because I felt I could’ve added a lot more meat to the bones but then I didn’t. I remember creating the first draft for the same organization — a […]

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Ten rules for “serious” writers

Adapted from B.R. Meyers‘ fascinating book A Reader’s Manifesto. I’d honestly completely forgotten about it (I really wasn’t into bookmarking or saving “valuable” stuff back then) until recently when I bumped into this again while browsing Wikipedia. And I remembered exactly why I’d loved these in the first place — they’re funny enough to be […]

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That weird moment when you realise you suck(ed)!

It’s ugly. It’s bitter. And it’s excruciatingly painful. Everyone’s got one of those moments. I’ve had them too. In fact, I had it today during one of my coaching calls. Just not happy with the way it went. Sure, the client still benefitted from the session as the overall objective was met. But I still […]

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Coaching the whole-person

As coaches, we’re often focused on coaching the person and not the problem. That’s the key to transformation coaching anything else is being less creative and more methodical. Not exactly an ideal approach for a world-class coach. One emerging trend that I see these days is how concerned people are to coach the “whole-person.” A […]