leadership development

Solution Focused Coaching – Stop The “Why”


‘Why’ is an instinctive question. Asked hundreds of times every day in organizations, and much of it is helpful. It is important to understand why a manufacturing process has failed, why a car broke down or why your fire alarm went off. It can be enlightening to see why people behave a certain way.

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Why Young Managers Must Have The Proper Skill Set

Per research by Harvard Business Review, the typical person steps into a manager role around the age of 30. Also, per this study, the typical manager receives her first formal leadership training around age 42. It can be concluded that the majority of today’s managers operate in leadership positions for over a decade without formal training and the necessary skills to succeed.

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Executive Exchange Insights: Mindset Matters – A View from the Top

This morning, I had the opportunity to see a well-known HR professional address her peers. Our topic of discussion centered around the negative mindset that present day HR departments conjure up. What once was a valuable resource to the workforce has now become the equivalent of heading to the principal’s office. Mid-way through her presentation, she gave us the opportunity to chat with our table partners, and share frustrations. I listened intently to a group of passionate people earnest about using their role to enhance the human capital initiatives, while moving the company’s business goals forward.

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Executive Exchange Insights: Mindset Matters in 2017

In my line of work, it’s expected to receive frantic calls from business owners and executive teams this time of year. Although, I was quite surprised at the volume of calls through November and December from a diverse group of leadership professionals. In this time of reflection we see entrepreneurs, big business and small companies begin their heavy focus on year end and January strategic plans. Although their inquiries were different, it all meant the same thing to me, and the common denominator was people. Our conversations started much the same way: “Joan, I want to get your professional opinion on ______ to achieve this business result with my people.”