24
Sep
Training is always in style
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Even though students are always ready for graduation, this recent study shows that graduates really do look to their employer for on-going training. When I asked my MBAs recently about this discrepancy between their desire to finish school and their anticipation in needing ongoing training, they noted that once they get into their jobs, it […]

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8
Sep
Be trustworthy in the small things to prove you can be trusted in the bigger things
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Thanks to @LysaTerKeurst for the inspiration today. It is tempting to take short-cuts by a) being late to a meeting (be un-Reliable) b) NOT sharing everything you know (not be open) c) completing an assignment 50% instead of 100% (kinda competent) d) making sure you take care of first (not very compassionate) and then share […]

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27
Aug
Who is your best brand ambassador?
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We just returned from the funeral of our favorite BB&T teller, Brenda. We knew her for almost 15 years, mostly from our drive-through deposits, frequent chats, and the lolly pops she gave our kids when they were young. When we told our (now) college-age kids that Ms. Brenda passed away, they had tears in their […]

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23
Jul
“Soft” skills are Essential Skills
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An executive I met at MetLife described “soft” skills to me as essential skills. She said that we need to reframe our ideas about soft skills and their place at work. I like this way of thinking. Why is it that we hear and read so much about the need for soft skills? In our […]

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18
Jun
A model example of Positive Leadership
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We were so excited to host our mentor from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kim Cameron at ECU this past spring. He talked about his work on positive leadership to a packed audience. As he talked, it was obvious to us, that Kim has led a life of positive […]

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17
Jun
Lead with your #Strengths
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Now that the semester is over, we can get back to talking about leadership and using our strengths to become the authentic leader we are meant to be. One question we were asked at the ABA Stonier School leadership class last week was: “If I don’t have the Influencing strengths, can I still become a […]

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2
Apr
Why Don’t We Accept Empathy as a Leadership Skill?
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In a recent article about leadership, the author implied that people cringe when they talk about leaders having empathy.  We have also found that when we talk about our ROCC of Trust, the fourth part of trust, compassion, leaves people scratching their heads, not sure what to make of it. Compassion is squishy; it is […]

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18
Mar
We love feedback
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We work with all types of clients: teams, leaders, for profit and nonprofit organizations of all sizes. There are many of you we work with each year (you know who you are!) and we appreciate you! If you have been considering working with us as either a coaching client or a leadership development client, here […]

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8
Mar
On International Women’s Day, Fabulous-ness is in the genes
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If you’ve followed along here or read our books, you’ve met two of our trustworthy female leaders. If not, we’d like to introduce you to them as the world celebrates International Women’s Day. We feel blessed to know these leaders who have taught us so much about what it means to build a culture of […]

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5
Mar
The Best Way to Conduct Training is Up to You
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This article talks about the opportunities for b-schools in the Exec Ed market. More and more employees are looking for their companies to develop their skills at work, to help them be more successful and be ready for the next promotion. One of the ways that we have been successful in helping large and small teams in […]

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