Barbara's Blog

The Courage to Change the One I Can

Posted on 1/27/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching leadership development

Understanding the reasons we tell stories about how others get in our way leads to a better understanding of self. That knowledge provides the insight into how we must change our own behavior as leaders to be more effective.

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Break The Chain You Forged In Your Work Life

Posted on 12/18/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching leadership development leadership coaching

There is never a bad time to look back at the past, examine the present and build a better future based on what we learn about ourselves.

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Now is the Time to Prep for Performance Reviews

Posted on 11/19/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching communication leadership development leadership coaching

Turn performance reviews into a tool of leadership excellence. Follow the four steps to meaningful and fruitful conversations that develops your team.

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Raise Your Hand

Posted on 6/30/2015 by Barbara Blake in self coaching executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching leadership development

WE all face setbacks. How we handle the setback can propel us forward.

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Reframe "Should Do" and "Need To Do"

Posted on 12/18/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

We can bury ourselves in expectations, both explicit and implicit. Spend time understanding and prioritizing the expectations you set for yourself. When you reframe to ask what would make a real difference, you will find yourself more effective, productive and less stressed

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What's Your Number?

Posted on 9/25/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

First step in becoming a leader is self knowledge. How often do you reflect on your values and how you are living them each day? How much time each week are you willing to deliberately work on your leadership?

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Motivating in the 21st Century

Posted on 7/30/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

Motivating your team requires a different approach. It starts with understanding what uniquely motivates each team member.

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Your Team Aren't Mind Readers - Speak Up, Be Clear With Your Expectations

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

Setting Expectations is a key skill many leaders do not do well because the leader has not thought through what they really need done. Following a Clarifications Playlist and the Five-Step process will bring your expectations setting to a higher level.

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Collaboration Tony Bennett Style

Posted on 1/21/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

Collaboration doesn't happen often in business for two reasons. Collaboration is often mistaken for cooperation. It is also more risky. Learn how to build your collaborative competence using Tony Bennett as a model.

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Why Leaders Fail - Reason #5 Cultural Mismatch

Posted on 9/18/2013 by Barbara Blake in onboarding executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

Cultural Mismatch is a common reason for failure in new roles. Culture is harder to read. To help you read culture better use these questions and opportunities for observation to get a sense of how you will fit.

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