Bridges and Boundaries
director of marketing at a booming software company, has a talent for
getting the job done. They
call him “Just-do-it-Tom”. However,
his efficiency at moving forward comes with a certain abruptness.
Tom does not take time out to consider others, and he often
offends employees as well as customers.
By not establishing rapport, Tom is loosing long-term
tasks with the importance of honoring relationship is more successful in
If you are typically
more goal-oriented than relationship-oriented, experiment with meeting
others where they are, before you lead in the direction you
want to go. In case you tend to be too relationship centered and
find that you do not get enough things done, set clear boundaries with
others about your availability.
with Mutual Respect
Lisa, senior manager
at a pharmaceutical firm, has what it takes to be promoted to a director
position. She has winning ideas, and gets along well with employees and
coworkers. However, Lisa
tends to hold back in meetings and does not provide strong enough
leadership with her direct reports.
Lisa, for fear of being perceived as aggressive, fails to be
assertive when necessary. Learning
to distinguish healthy assertiveness from aggression is key to effective
is built on mutual respect, and assumes that both parties can win.
Become more at ease with asserting what you want by gradually
extending your comfort zone: take
small risks, make clear requests and only agree to what you can and want
Oxygen Mask on Yourself First
days, being a leader and having a life out of balance are almost
synonymous. However, to
have your career and your health last, make self-care a priority.
This is a must. Burnt-out
leaders are no good to anyone – neither workplaces nor their families.
Just like your friendly flight attendant asks you to put the
oxygen mask on yourself first, and then on your child, approach
life by attending to your own needs on the front end.
This means taking care of body, mind and soul, and building a
sustainable rhythm of work, home and play.
What can you do this coming week to head toward a more
through Executive Coaching
CEO of a manufacturing firm, is perceived to be highly successful.
What his staff and clients do not know is the extreme daily
pressure he is under. Bill
strives to be a good leader while increasing sales.
Even though he collaborates quite well with his management team,
Bill feels quite alone in many of the decisions he needs to make.
closer you are to the top, the lonelier it gets.
High-level executives have extreme visibility, yet few if any
colleagues they can turn to for advice.
Nonetheless, just like the rest of us, they are only human and
have blind spots. Executive coaching can provide the confidential support and
individualized development to allow the best to excel, making their
achievements sustainable. Receiving
coaching is not a sign of weakness, but the perfect opportunity to build
on existing strengths. If
you or the leaders of your organization want to go to the next level and
stay there, executive coaching may be for you.