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A true tale of two CEOs

A true tale of two CEO coaching clients: one aged 32 running an organization of 7,500 people, and one aged 54 running an organization of 37,000 people.

During the younger CEO’s session, he asked me, “How long does it take to get really good at leadership?” Two days later, during my session with the more seasoned CEO, he bemoaned, “Will I ever actually be good at leadership?”

To both of these executives, I responded with the same comment – the one I share below. Truth is: There is no “end” to anyone’s leadership journey. Leadership is a non-stop learning process.

And those who read this and get frustrated will get very different outcomes from those who read this and get energized by that idea.

Start building (or re-building) your brand now!

What makes right now a great time to start building (or re-building) your brand? In this interview with Success Labs, I share key reasons why YOU should consider building your brand, and reveal the foundational steps that are quick and simple to help you do just that.

Why they call it LeaderSHIP

Here’s my tongue-in-cheek-yet-honest take on why we call it Leader“SHIP.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Don’t just delegate the task…

This week, one of my executive coaching clients shared, “I’m so tired of the lack of ownership in this company!” It’s not unusual to hear that kind of phrase, whether a leader is talking about an individual, a team, or an entire organization.

To encourage greater ownership in any situation, I encourage clients to pause and consider “what” they are actually delegating. Is it simply the tasks/the “doing”? Or are they delegating the thinking that leads to the tasks? If you want to drive stronger ownership, delegate the thinking!What other ways can you drive greater ownership at work?

This week’s virtual GlobalGurus celebration

Wow! I am incredibly grateful to have attended this week’s GlobalGurus virtual celebration, along with so many esteemed thought leaders/fellow award winners! Thank you to Marshall Goldsmith for hosting and to the GlobalGurus team for organizing. I was honored to receive 2020’s designations of #1 Branding Guru and #10 Professional Coach worldwide. Again, just … wow!

Watch me being interviewed on how to build an inspiring leadership brand

What a fun interview this was! Gil Petersil, host of Mastermind.Space interviewed me and asked some great and powerful questions related to leadership personal branding.
In this interview, I shared many different dimensions of branding yourself, including details around the five activities you do each and every day that help build your individual brand.
I also shared simple, effective, and fun exercises you can do to get clear on what your brand really stands for.
Click on the links in the video description to see various segments, and to jump to those parts of the video.
I hope you have as much fun listening to this as I did engaging with Gil!

Watch an interview I did where I share international learnings about leading during a crisis.

What a joy it was to be a guest today on John Baldoni’s LinkedIn Live series, GRACE Under Pressure! During this 30-minute interview, I share international learnings about leading during crisis – learnings I’ve gathered from coaching executives around the world during these times of uncertainty. Watch to find out the key actions global leaders are taking to sail through this current storm and thrive, despite the challenges.

A surprising and inspiring tale from the past that applies today… and what’s the moral of the story?

Since the first time I heard it, I’ve been fascinated by this gripping tale which took place almost 100 years ago. I’d love to hear your thoughts: What do you believe is the moral of this story? (Everybody I share it with seems to interpret it differently!) And how does it apply to leadership and to what we are experiencing in our world today?

Top 10 self-leadership routines: how do you rate yourself?

Executive Coaching clients consistently tell me they don’t do well sticking with one of these Top 10 Self-Leadership Routines. Can you guess which one it is? I look forward to hearing what you think, below!

In the meantime, for fun, score yourself one point for each “yes” answer. How many of these important routines do YOU do consistently? Here is a legend to help assess your results:

If you scored this many “Yes” answers…

10 = Congratulations! Your self-discipline is an inspiration to others. Based on my experience, you rank in the top 2-5% of all leaders.

7-9 = You’re doing excellently! What is one routine you could add to your already strong list that would make the biggest difference for you right now?

5-6 = You’re half-way to becoming a great role model to others. What are two additional routines you would like to adopt, and how can you get started in the next few days?

4 or less = You’ve taken the most important step toward strong self-leadership: awareness of what you’re doing well and the areas you’d like to improve. Now focus on the single-most important routine you’d like to take on, make a list of the benefits of doing that consistently and find an accountability partner to help you stay on track.

Happiness as a leader

The best part of being a leader is feeling happier about your direct reports’ successes than your own. This holds particularly true for me right now because one of our team members, Jagdish, just completed a major, multi-month project with flying colors. Congratulations to Jag for a job well done!

Which aspects of leadership bring you the most joy?