Executive Development

Humor may just land you your next job!

Humor and laughter is a method of communication designed to capture the attention of others, convey important information and activate similar emotions in others.   According to founder of Berkeley based research company, NeuroFocus, Dr. A. K. Pradeep, notes that humor is  one of those tools our brains are hardwired to react to and is key to making a message new and novel. In the Psychology of Humor, psychology professor Rod A. Martin argues that humor is used as an ingratiation…

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Four Mistakes Leaders Make

In my experience as an executive and as an organizational development consultant, I have seen certain patterns of leader behavior that impedes organizational progress.  These 4 behaviors were further validated in Harvard Business Review: Failing to set proper expectations. Leaders announce shifts in goals or direction without spelling out specifics, saying who’s accountable, or setting clear deadlines. Excusing subordinates from the pursuit of overall goals. Managers allow employees to focus narrowly on their units, and so responsibility for companywide performance…

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Dealing with Executive Bullies

We all, at one point or another in our professional careers, have dealt with a boss, supervisor, or someone higher up in the organization who bullies their subordinates; in a small business, it is sometimes the owner who mistreats his partners and employees. Dealing with this personality type is challenging because they may outrank you in the organization or they have authority to terminate your employment.   Do you recognize some of these bullying behaviors? Blames others for errors. Makes…

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Trust was key to the Superbowl Team Victory

As I watched the Superbowl 2014 game, I wondered how Coach Pete Carroll carried his team through 15 victories and a Superbowl win this season.  I believe the key to the Seattle SeaHawks’ success is trust in their coach. As an executive coach and organizational consultant, I enter each relationship with a new client, knowing that I have to gain their trust.  For some who are referred by previous clients, a foundation of trust has been established but I know…

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