Why I Wish I Hired a Coach Early in my Career.

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I worked for many years in a company that valued leadership training and as part of that we took assessments. Over the course of my career I took over a dozen assessments. I enjoyed the assessments and tried to take advantage of the information, although I was often too forgiving of my shortcomings. Looking back, I wish I would have had a leadership coach go through the results with me and work with me for a couple months. I know now there was so much valuable information I could have taken advantage of much earlier in my career. Assessments provide a wonderful starting point for a coach to help understand and appreciate your strengths, but just as importantly to look deeper at areas of potential growth. I imagine many people…
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Executive Presence – What Is It and How Do I Improve It

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Recently I’ve had a number of clients ask me to help them with executive presence. I must admit I’m always skeptical when I hear a client ask for help with an industry buzzword. I’m skeptical because buzzwords tend to make difficult things sound easy. There are a plethora of articles available on the subject. The one that resonated most with me was an article in Fortune magazine by Suzanne Bates,   executive presence is the ability of the leader to engage, align, inspire, and move people to act.” The article goes on to give “The 15 Qualities of Executive Presence: Character: authenticity, integrity, concern, restraint, humility Substance: practical wisdom, confidence, composure, resonance, vision Style: appearance, intentionality, interactivity, inclusiveness, assertiveness” Yikes, Executive Presence, two simple words, immediately becomes 15 qualities and feels…
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