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Leadership EffectivenessOur mission is to optimize organizational performance by maximizing the effectiveness of leaders and leadership teams. Our philosophy is that the long-term profitability and growth of every organization is inextricably linked to the effectiveness of its leaders. Through The Power of Leadership®, leaders create a values-based environment where people perform to their full potential and maximize their contributions to the organization’s mission and vision. In support of that mission and philosophy, each month we publish Breakaway Performance – Ideas that transform the way you work — with tips to help leaders achieve leadership effectiveness. We hope you will enjoy our articles and find them valuable.

Alyssa Freas, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Executive Coaching Network, Inc.


Leadership Effectiveness: Leap of Faith

Leadership Effectiveness: Leap of Faith

When faced with a decision that has no definitive answer, what do leaders do? Sometimes, despite all of our best efforts, we just don’t have a definitive answer. In fact, in most cases, we don’t […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Meet Right Or Don’t Meet

Leadership Effectiveness: Meet Right Or Don’t Meet

In our years of experience shadowing leaders and working with executive teams, we have seen many substandard meetings. The result? Lost opportunity (the executive who did not speak up, leaving her colleagues in the dark […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: The Courage Of Candor

Leadership Effectiveness: The Courage Of Candor

One of the hardest things to do in most organizations is “to speak truth to power.” Warren Bennis and James O’Toole in their excellent article, “What’s Needed Next: A Culture of Candor” (HBR, June 2009), […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Making a Difference

Leadership Effectiveness: Making a Difference

EXCN has been privileged to work with some exemplary executives over the years and Jacko Maree, recently retired CEO of Standard Bank Group in South Africa, is one of them. High on the list of […]

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Creating an Environment for Success

Creating an Environment for Success

Effective leaders are people others truly want to follow. They create the environment for other people to be successful and for the organization to achieve its mission and attain profitability. Great leaders focus less on […]

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Teams Pulling Together-Aligning Teams for Results

Teams Pulling Together-Aligning Teams for Results

As I head off to take part in the Vineman triathlon (my first!), I am reflecting on my four years of watching the Tour de France.  It has become abundantly clear to me that the […]

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The Power of Leadership®

The Power of Leadership®

Martin Luther King described power as  “the ability to effect change.” When you are in a leadership position you have the potential to make a difference in the world with and through other people.   During […]

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Fireworks in the Workplace

Fireworks in the Workplace

Happy Fourth of July Holiday Week! personal loans for people with bad credit On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, after the Continental Congress had decided to proclaim the American colonies […]

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Accountability and Consequences

Accountability and Consequences

As many of you may know, one of billionaire Warren Buffett’s top executives, Denis Abrams, CEO of Benjamin Moore, was given a “pink slip” after he and some of his other senior employees took off […]

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The Path To Performance: Part 2

The Path To Performance: Part 2

Last week we talked about how endurance athletes create a path to performance and linked that to organizational life. This week we review what steps successful leaders take to create a path to performance with […]

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