“Sometimes it just comes down to, ‘Will this person embarrass me?’” A client recently expressed the desire to develop the qualities that would help him grow from being the kind of leader who can run a $200m business to the kind of leader who can run a business of $1bn or more. I have some opinions on what those qualities are since I’ve worked with a number of leaders who made this kind of jump in scale—some successfully, some not—and other leaders who were never given the chance to try…. Read More
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“So, what advice do you have for me?” asked Michael. The question took me a little by surprise. It came at the end of a social lunch, not a coaching session, but Michael was a client I have known for a long time and he never missed an opportunity to learn how to get better. We first met, I’m shocked to realize, when Bill Clinton was still president. He was part of a team run by a leader I coached and he stood out because of his intelligence, singular focus,… Read More
When it comes to working with your instinctual biases, there are two things to focus on: Learning to manage our reactions to them rather than being managed by them, and Becoming more skillful at the activities related to the three instinctual domains. One might be tempted to think that doing one of these will automatically take care of the other, but that is not necessarily the case. Both self-management and skill building need to be worked on if we really want to become effective and well-rounded people. By way of understanding,… Read More
Understanding group dynamics, unstated team norms, and organizational politics are related to one of the three instinctual domains: the Navigating domain. These skills are critical for success in leadership, but they do not come naturally to everyone. Everyone can learn them, however. This article explains how.
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