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Have a Personal Board of Directors? WHY NOT? Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You to Grow!

Do you have a Personal Board of Directors? WHY NOT? Some of the best advice I ever got came from a good friend, former CHRO colleague and currently a coach who shares my passion for the field, Bob Ryan. He asked me to be on his Board…at first, I was like “huh”? Then, I realized the brilliance of the request. Today, I push my clients to think about who will help them grow. NOT who will tell them how wonderful they are. When it comes to planning our careers, we carefully choose our companies and jobs. But rarely are we deliberate about selecting the advisers and confidantes who help us succeed. Cultivate a support group for your career (read Board of Directors) by thinking about whose advice and expertise you wish you had on speed dial. Consider who you feel inspired by, whether they’re colleagues, senior leaders, or peers in your field. Seek these individuals out, and be candid about why you admire them and why you want to connect. Focus on building a relationship that will benefit both of you. Ask for direct feedback, not just feedback. Contact me at glenn@themaulgroup.com to learn more. 

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How to tell if a Company’s Culture is Right for You

Great article. a HUGE mistake job seekers make is to get caught up in the halo of “I got the offer”, or “it is a big raise”, or “it is a VP title”, or “man, I am out of here, away from my jerk of a boss”, etc. I see these people again when they are looking for the next role. The excitement of being offered the job, the sometimes much needed affirmation of self worth a job offer may bring, causes many people to ignore red flags about the environment they are going to be working in. They are chasing the job offer so hard, desperately seeking to leave where they are, that the questions that should be asked are ignored or cast aside in the effort to land the job. Big mistake; don’t make that one.

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Two Techniques for Helping Employees Change Ingrained Habits

One of the questions I ask all of my clients is “what are some of the things that might get in the way of your achieving the goals you have set”. Some people are not comfortable with that as it seems to cast a negative light. To the contrary, people who plan for the obstacles that will inevitably arise are the ones who end up achieving their goals. Great read.

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To Learn, Stop Believing Everything you Think

Author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith has done quite a bit of research on success and the implications it has on future outcomes. Would you believe that prior success can actually limit future success? It can if you’re not aware, humble and careful.

Think about your past work. No doubt you have been successful — maybe not 100 percent of the time with every single initiative, but certainly some things turned out as planned or even better. Based on that success, how would you rate or rank yourself compared to your peers?

According to Marshall’s research, 70 percent of people believe they’re in the top 10 percent of performers, 82 percent of people believe they’re in the top 20 percent, and 98.5 percent of people believe they’re in the top half. You don’t need to be a math whiz to know these numbers simply don’t work: They defy the law of averages. What’s on display here is simple overconfidence and inflated self-worth. It’s a highlight of ego and what Marshall refers to as a “success delusion.”

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How to tell if a Company’s Culture is Right for You

Great article. a HUGE mistake job seekers make is to get caught up in the halo of “I got the offer”, or “it is a big raise”, or “it is a VP title”, or “man, I am out of here, away from my jerk of a boss”, etc. I see these people again when they are looking for the next role. The excitement of being offered the job, the sometimes much needed affirmation of self worth a job offer may bring, causes many people to ignore red flags about the environment they are going to be working in. They are chasing the job offer so hard, desperately seeking to leave where they are, that the questions that should be asked are ignored or cast aside in the effort to land the job. Big mistake; don’t make that one.

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Two Techniques for Helping Employees Change Ingrained Habits

One of the questions I ask all of my clients is “what are some of the things that might get in the way of your achieving the goals you have set”. Some people are not comfortable with that as it seems to cast a negative light. To the contrary, people who plan for the obstacles that will inevitably arise are the ones who end up achieving their goals. Great read.

Continue Reading –


To Learn, Stop Believing Everything you Think

Author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith has done quite a bit of research on success and the implications it has on future outcomes. Would you believe that prior success can actually limit future success? It can if you’re not aware, humble and careful.

Think about your past work. No doubt you have been successful — maybe not 100 percent of the time with every single initiative, but certainly some things turned out as planned or even better. Based on that success, how would you rate or rank yourself compared to your peers?

According to Marshall’s research, 70 percent of people believe they’re in the top 10 percent of performers, 82 percent of people believe they’re in the top 20 percent, and 98.5 percent of people believe they’re in the top half. You don’t need to be a math whiz to know these numbers simply don’t work: They defy the law of averages. What’s on display here is simple overconfidence and inflated self-worth. It’s a highlight of ego and what Marshall refers to as a “success delusion.”

Continue Reading –


How to tell if a Company’s Culture is Right for You

Great article. a HUGE mistake job seekers make is to get caught up in the halo of “I got the offer”, or “it is a big raise”, or “it is a VP title”, or “man, I am out of here, away from my jerk of a boss”, etc. I see these people again when they are looking for the next role. The excitement of being offered the job, the sometimes much needed affirmation of self worth a job offer may bring, causes many people to ignore red flags about the environment they are going to be working in. They are chasing the job offer so hard, desperately seeking to leave where they are, that the questions that should be asked are ignored or cast aside in the effort to land the job. Big mistake; don’t make that one.

Continue Reading –


Two Techniques for Helping Employees Change Ingrained Habits

One of the questions I ask all of my clients is “what are some of the things that might get in the way of your achieving the goals you have set”. Some people are not comfortable with that as it seems to cast a negative light. To the contrary, people who plan for the obstacles that will inevitably arise are the ones who end up achieving their goals. Great read.

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Six Leadership Megatrends Changing the Workplace

This article is well worth the read. What caught my eye was “only 14% of CEOs believe they have the leadership talent to execute their strategy….”….A quick catalyst to build skills for some of the executives and high potentials is a Leadership/Executive coach. Forbes research shows a 7:1 ROI on Executive coaching investments.

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People Want 3 Things from Companies, but Most are Built around Only One

This article updates Maslow’s Hierarchy and makes a compelling case that retention of employees is tied into the 3 things listed; career, community and cause. It also dispels some of the myths around millennials as, except for subtle differences, the generations came out in synch.

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The Best Leaders are Great Teachers

I read this article today on the plane trip home from a client meeting in Chicago. It is compelling and a keeper. Many leaders are teachers; but, the great ones know when the “teachable moments” occur and they seize the moment. Timing is paramount to having teaching stick.

 

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Why you need to lead with your Heart

I used this article recently with a client who was struggling with the concept that showing emotion as a leader could be considered a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth; great leaders are full of emotion.

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Coaching: The Best-Kept Secret to Growing as an Entrepreneur

This article outlines how small businesses can utilize coaches to goal set and develop strategies to grow their business.

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The New Path to The C-Suite

This article highlights the changing landscape at the C-Suite level and how to navigate future demands.

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What To Do When People Keep Quitting

Sometimes the best efforts at retention fail. Here’s how to understand why people leave, and what to do about it.

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What an Executive Coach Can Do for You

Is executive coaching at U.S. companies destined to play a role occupied by psychoanalysis in some Neil Simon version of Hollywood: a virtual prerequisite for anyone who aspires to be anyone?

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Top 10 professional life coaching myths

Life coaching is all the rage. Harvard Business Review reports that coaching is a $1 billion a year industry, but just what is a personal coach, professional coach, or life coach and why are so many executives and individuals using them to catapult their careers, break free from 9-5 jobs, and to create better, more fulfilling, richer lives?

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