Rowing is harder than it looks. To win a race, it takes training, commitment, mutual respect, and a shared determination to succeed within an elite rowing crew. It turns out that the same is true in business. Just like the best crews, the best business teams operate as one; completely aligned, in tune, and working toward the same goals.
Executive coaches have a unique vantage point on what goes on inside companies - and the brains of the people leading them. Working with clients one-on-one as they navigate major conflicts gives us a deep understanding of their motivations.
If you're anything like me, you sometimes feel like a fish out of water. Maybe you moved to a new country, took a new job or found yourself in some situation that forced you outside your comfort zone and into new--and awkward--territory.
As an executive coach who works with leaders all over the world, I believe it is important to be aware of my clients' cultural traditions.
On a recent trip to China, I worked with a man named Li, an avid reader of wuxia, or kung-fu novels, which usually feature an ancient Chinese warrior with almost supernatural martial arts ability.
What is your signature strength as a leader? Is it your energy? Which characteristic is the one that you have truly built your leadership reputation upon?
And did you know that this strength could be holding you back professionally?
One of my clients (We’ll call her Nancy) missed out on an important promotion recently. She sought feedback from the interview panel and was told the same thing several times. She had a ‘lack of executive presence’.
Are you an equal partner with your customers, planning for long term growth together…or are the battle lines still drawn in every commercial negotiation as you try to hit sales figures and preserve your margins?
Here’s the bad news: it’s no longer enough to simply be great at your job.
Here’s the good news: there’s a whole world waiting out there to help you shine.
English poet John Donne coined the phrase ‘No man is an island’ – and, over the centuries, it has become a byword for a need to connect with other people in all areas of life and avoid becoming isolated, like a castaway on an island.