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The Artist in the Executive Suite

Steve looked out of his office window feeling triumphant. Not only had he survived the company’s latest reorganization; he also got the bigger job he wanted as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing. “Wow…” he thought to himself. “Not bad for a guy who has been with the company only a few years….But now the real work begins….”.

Steve had always been a high achiever.… Continue reading

The 3 Biggest Blind Spots of High Achievers

I am a recovering High Achiever…

So I can say from experience that we High Achievers are very proud to identify with the High Achiever title. We work hard, accomplish a lot, have very high standards, are pretty confident (generally), and create a track record of success.

However, at a certain point High Achievers (especially High Achiever executives) hit a wall that they did… Continue reading

Don’t Waste My Time!

What if you as a senior leader could transform those painfully boring staff meetings into opportunities for real connection? Stop enduring. Start changing them now.

You know the meetings I’m talking about. The ones filled with useless or trivial dialogues in which nothing moves forward (or things move forward very, very, very slowly). The ones where everyone just sits there and endures the conversation. The… Continue reading

Executive Presence is a Choice

Senior executive leaders, even those with experience, often overlook a key factor that determines whether they succeed or fail. You do need knowledge, skill, and strategies. However, it is your executive presence that makes or breaks your performance every day.

The challenge: the game of executive presence changes significantly when you move from Director to VP or C level.

At earlier levels in our careers,… Continue reading

Want Impact? Get Big

As a senior executive leader, you have a big vision. And you intend to have a big impact. What will your first move be? Supersize goals? Delegate more? Expand your influence? How about starting with yourself.

One of my mentors told me that there are three steps for dealing with any major challenge in your life. Calm down. Get big. And move forward. I never… Continue reading

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