Leadership Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from the Election

Leadership Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from the Election

We can learn a lot from the U.S. presidential campaign that concluded recently. Here are a few of the leadership issues and ideas we see emanating from the campaign that we feel are worth reflecting upon and perhaps considering vis-à-vis your own leadership situation. 1. Never underestimate your competitor. Even if you and your organization…

Executive Vitality™: Heal the Divide and Heal Yourself

Executive-Vitality: Heal the Divide and Heal Yourself

It has been said many times recently that we are a country divided right now. As November ends and we move into December, about half of us are perhaps content and the other half of us are distinctly unhappy. Whether you are in the latter bucket or not, there are steps we can all take…

Leadership Effectiveness: Values and Financial Value

Leadership Effectiveness: Values and Financial Value

It is great that many companies have values posted on their websites or on their walls, but are leaders talking about them? We all know what just happened at Wells Fargo. If everyone was talking about values (from CEO on down), could they have possibly opened up accounts about which the customer did not know,…

Executive Vitality™: Understand How to Avoid Burnout

Executive Vitality™: Understand How to Avoid Burnout

“Burnout is about resentment,” says the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, formerly of Google. “[Burnout] is about knowing what matters to you so much that if you don’t get it, you’re resentful.” EXCN asks you to ponder: what would happen if you encouraged everyone on your team to spend more of their day, or their…

Leadership Effectiveness: A Future Leader in Your Company

Leadership Effectiveness: A Future Leader in Your Company

First – what is a leader in your company? Are leaders only in the C-suite? Is the middle manager who saved $1,000,000 by creating an innovative idea and getting others to buy into it considered a leader? Is it some combination? At EXCN, we believe that a complex set of skills are essential to being…

Executive Vitality™: What Gets Measured Gets Done

Executive Vitality™: What Gets Measured Gets Done

I believe in wearable technology for vitality’s sake. I have always believed in the idea that what gets measured gets done. For example, when I count (i.e., measure) calories or sodium, I tend to take in less than when I don’t measure my intake. The experts say adults need about seven to eight hours of…

Leadership Effectiveness: The pipe that taught me a leadership lesson

Leadership Effectiveness: The pipe that taught me a leadership lesson

Leaders are well-served by creating an environment in which people can admit what they don’t know and ask for help. I was reminded of this today when a water pipe broke in my garage. It wasn’t a huge leak, but a leak nonetheless … and on a Sunday night. I was able to get a…

Executive Vitality™: Listening Skills

Executive Vitality™: Listening Skills

Many leaders, particularly those who have engaged in executive coaching, have learned the value of building listening skills. When a leader improves his or her listening skills, that can save the organization. When you improve listening to your body, it can save your life. If something feels “off,” pay attention to the messages your body…

Leadership Effectiveness: The Self-Aware Leader

Leadership Effectiveness: The Self-Aware Leader

Hot buttons – we all have them. And that is ok – just part of the human condition. It is how we adapt to them; how we let them affect our leadership that is important to our leadership credibility. One of the goals of Strategic Executive Coaching is to help executives make what is apparent…

Executive Vitality™: Leaders need a Happiness Plan

Executive Vitality™: Leaders need a Happiness Plan

What makes executives happy? Apparently it is not more money. That effect (direct relationship between money and happiness) tops out at a level well below most executives’ pay level. So what makes you happy? Should you care? And can you affect your happiness level? Some answers and interesting factoids – some more intuitive than others…

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