Are You a One-Pitch Leader?

Baseball season is around the corner and I couldn’t help but infuse the title of this article with some of the vernacular from our national pastime. In baseball, the term “one pitch pitcher” refers to a pitcher who is overly reliant on one type of pitch (fastball, curveball, etc.) to be effective. History tells us […]

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Work Stress and the Type A Behavior Pattern

We have seen a disturbing pattern in our coaching practice over the past 2 years of people in their 30′s and 40′s becoming seriously ill. Everything from heart attacks, cancer diagnoses, auto immune diseases, chronic migraine headaches, etc. Generically what we’ve witnessed are people who have been under chronic stress with no let up for […]

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Be a Better Meeting Facilitator

We all spend more time in meetings than we would prefer to and for most of us they are energy depleting and at best moderately productive. Here are 3 simple suggestions that might improve the quality of the meetings you facilitate. 1. Give Each Agenda Item an Objective Essentially what are we trying to accomplish with […]

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A More Effective Way to Look at Succession Planning

Time marches on, and with it go corporate leaders. Everybody retires at one time or another, and to maintain solvency in the leadership ranks, companies must know in advance how they’re going to deal with these departures. The traditional way of addressing this is with succession planning. It’s important to have a plan in place […]

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New Website Launch

Today is the official launch of our new website and we are excited to share it with all of you. We are also beginning our 15th year of business here in the Bay Area. Our passion and vitality for our work seems stronger than ever. Much of this has to do with our continuous learning […]

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What to Expect from an Executive Coach

A rising athlete relies on a good coach to provide the insight and direction that lead to greater skills. In the same way, smart business leaders tap into the proven expertise of executive coaches to help them develop the leadership and personal power needed to rise to the top of their fields. What’s it like […]

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Best Practices: Enhancing the Manager/Direct Report Relationship

We have noticed a trending in the last 5 years between managers and their direct reports that concerns us a great deal. Managers have become less accessible, conduct fewer staff meetings, schedule infrequent one-on-ones and communicate downward less and less. We believe this growing trend is being driven by three particular things: managers being asked […]

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What Is Leadership Versatility?

In our earlier post we mentioned our work with Kaplan and Kaiser the authors of the book The Versatile Leader. Today we would like to open up for discussion the concept of leadership versatility. From our perspective leadership versatility is the capability to flex as needed on a pair of opposing leadership virtues. We work […]

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