Entries by Coach Padraig

How good leaders handle criticism

You can’t please everyone is a truism that is particularly important to leaders.   Leading others in an organization practically by definition means having to make decisions where there is no obvious easy choice. Realistically, there is no choice that will make everyone happy.   Part of the responsibility that comes with the benefits of […]

How to set boundaries at work

One of the topics raised by our clients everywhere we go is work-life balance  – or perhaps more aptly, a lack of it. It’s a perplexing dilemma. You want to prove your worth and reliability and being indispensable is certainly a good thing during economic downturns. Many employers (perhaps unwittingly) reward “face-time” – or time […]

How to cope when everything goes wrong

You sleep through your alarm the day of a big client meeting and then get stuck in traffic. You’re late, there’s absolutely no way to change it, and you can feel the tension as you walk in the room. As awful as all of that is, you’re desperately hoping no one notices your shirt is […]

When a lateral career move makes sense

When you think of career success you might think mainly of climbing up the corporate ladder, but don’t rule out moving laterally. It’s becoming more common these days, particularly in industries hit hard by the economic downturn, to move or pivot sideways. What we’re seeing is that a lateral move isn’t just about survival. Making […]

The coach approach to leadership

We often hear people talk about leadership styles, or perhaps read articles about which is the most effective approach for leaders. Maybe you’ve seen the results of Daniel Goleman’s study about leadership behaviours for the 2000 Harvard Business Review. In Leadership That Gets Results, Goleman and his team identified six leadership styles after they studied […]

Which leadership style are you?

Some people we click with, understanding each other with very little effort and working together with ease. Then there are others who take, well, a bit more work, but sometimes we discover we can get there with some extra care and effort. If you’ve ever had the feeling that you just can’t get through to […]

The Ladder of Assumptions

What kind of preparation do you do for important work-related conversations? What kind of thoughts do you have during a crucial dialogue?  What approach do you take when you follow-up on a conversation? Many of us will brainstorm points we need to cover so we don’t forget. Maybe if it’s a particularly sensitive topic we’ll carefully […]

How to communicate effectively

The cornerstone of great leadership is effective communication, but it’s not as simple as memorizing a few strategies and putting them into practice. The trick is that communication isn’t dependent only on you as the communicator. Connecting with your team, inspiring your direct reports, and really understanding your clients requires a bit of give-and-take. Remember […]

How to set performance goals for your team

Visit why you need to set your goals for 2018 to refresh the reasons why goal setting works.) Just as effective personal goals have to be set thoughtfully and thoroughly in line with your personal vision, team performance goals require some thought and should be aligned with company goals. I’m sure we’ve all heard, “the […]