How to Get Your Employees to Do What You Want

I was working with a CEO named Jeff the other day who was frustrated with one of his employees. This employee—Paul, the leader of an important business unit—wasn’t doing what Jeff would ask of him. This in turn was putting a wrench in the works of the business, and allowing the competition to creep in.…

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The Price of Professionalism

While running a leadership program for a group of executives, the topic of ‘professionalism’ came up. One leader was frustrated with one of her employees, and she was trying to be ‘professional’ by handling a situation ‘the right way.’ You know what I mean—trying to give feedback without emotion while in reality she was livid that…

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The Disease of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has a disease. It’s very serious. Possibly terminal. Let me tell you how I discovered it…. I started working with a Chief Business Officer in a rapidly scaling business. She was building a new business unit, was whip smart and had all the resources she needed at her disposal. She had a year…

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The Angel in the Marble: Revealing Your Dormant Gifts

There are two ways to grow. One is adding, and the other is subtracting. Adding sounds better, right? A new skill. A new tip. A new trick. Another tool for your tool belt. You are now yourself and then some. But surprisingly, and counter to what you might think, subtracting can actually be the better…

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What To Do When It’s Time To Expand

Yesterday a potential client asked me about the essence of my work, and I answered him with a question: “Who are the executives that you admire the most?” He stopped to think about it for a minute, and then he named the person at the top of his list—we’ll call him Joe. I asked him…

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Business I Learned Running a Burrito Shop in Costa Rica

I’m a business coach, working with CEOs, founders, and high-level executives to bring their performance to the next level. You may think that I learned my craft from some million-dollar business guru. But actually, much of my best training came simply from the school of life. Here’s a fun story about a series of experiences…

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Your Zone of Excellence is Holding You Back

You perform really well when you’re in your zone of excellence. Maybe too much so. Your zone of excellence is what you know you’re good at—but it holds you back. And it holds you back because it keeps you from working at an even higher level. You can be the best damn caterpillar in the…

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Why Coaching Works

These days, information is free. We have access to virtually anything within the click of a button. What holds value now is no longer information. It’s not even about intelligence. What holds the most value now is wisdom. I was working with a client the other day who said, “I’m so glad we’re having this…

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The Problem with Fighting Dragons

Several years ago I attended a training where one of my mentors likened the thoughts in our minds to the image of fighting dragons. Here’s the analogy: It’s like we’re walking around every day fighting dragons—except the big, bad creatures are all in our head. Have you ever had a problem that just seemed so big…

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Have you Outgrown Your Life?

“I just can’t do it anymore.” This was the first thing that came out of John’s mouth when we got on the phone for coaching. He told me how he had taken a role ten years ago that at the time he was thinking of as if it were a stepping stone. “I just don’t…

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