performance conversations

Keys to having effective performance conversations

Hands up if you’ve ever been excited to have performance conversations. Anyone?  Not many people enjoy engaging in them, either as an employee or as the leader. They feel so forced and awkward in their calculated orchestration.  As leaders, deep down we know that performance conversations can be valuable. And they are, when they’re doneContinue Reading

Boss or a leader

Are you a “boss” or a “leader”?

Would you say you are a boss or a leader? Let’s start with definitions: A boss has a position of authority and can exercise power, but a leader has the ability to manage people well and inspire them to action. We recently discussed signs you’re ready to be a leader (and a few signs you’reContinue Reading

Develop your executive presence

Our favourite tools to develop your executive presence

When I say executive presence, I’ll bet you have something in mind – or someone in mind – but you might be hard-pressed to fully define executive presence. You’re not alone; a lot of folks I talk to feel they know what executive presence is but can’t really describe it.   Of course, if youContinue Reading

Coaching leadership style

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 studiedContinue Reading