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01 Oct Too Much Recognition?

Can a leader give too much recognition?Yes -- too much or the wrong type of recognition and attempts at positive reinforcement can backfire. Showing sincerity and making sure that the effort is worthy is essential. Next, it is imperative to know how individuals want...

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26 May Pay ≠ Motivation

I was once asked if improving motivation increases productivity. Which then prompted a series of questions: Can we improve motivation? And, is there a level at which motivation is maxed out? Should we try to find each employee's threshold?In reality, we...

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03 Feb Three Coaching Traps and the Egotist Executive

Executive coaches can toss out their normal play book when taking on the Egotist executive client In fact, effectively and productively coaching the ardent Egotist is a steep challenge that many executive coaches are ill prepared to tackle. There are three distinct traps coaches may...

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12 Jan Is Your Executive Coach a Help or Hindrance?

Many executive coaches are overpaid and underperform. Unfortunately, many of the best known and highly compensated executive coaches waste a great deal of time, energy, and client resources. While they may provide ample opportunities for leaders to confidentially explore issues and observations, discuss goals, and...

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28 Jul Can You Teach Empathy?

Here is a question that was posted on an ASTD LinkedIn board the other day. A couple of training consultants disagreed with my comments and the the entire post was taken down last night.The Original Post: It's always been our thinking that you...

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30 Jun Are leaders “born” or “developed”?

This question was asked on a LinkedIn post on ASTD. Here's my response: You can’t teach fish to fly. Once a person is a working adult, their hard wiring is set. Unfortunately, too many organizations try to “train” people to lead. Even those with an MBA...

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