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3 Ways You Undercut Your Executive Presence

Posted on 4/29/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching communication executive presence

It is easy to overlook how your executive presence comes across in emails, texts and other communications. To build a more complete presence avoid these 3 pitfalls.

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The Case for Paying Attention to Your Weaknesses

Posted on 3/29/2015 by Barbara Blake in executive coaching leadership development leadership coaching

There are tangible benefits to examining your weakness and assessing what makes sense for investing in moving the needle from weakness to strength.

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Staying Authentic - Flex Your Leadership Style

Posted on 2/24/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

When practicing new leader behaviors, it can feel awkward and forced causing us to feel inauthentic. There are three steps you can take to help you through this inner conflict. The result is you will be a better leader.

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Keep Your Resolutions!

Posted on 1/27/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching listening skills

Keeping resolutions is easier if you identify what is driving the behavior you want to alter and if you create a training schedule to keep yourself focused.

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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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Make Room for Failure

Posted on 10/30/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

We can't be successful at everything we try. The real benefit is what we learn in the trying.

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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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Communication Disconnects: Where Managing and Leading Meet

Posted on 6/13/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching communication

There is more to setting expectations than telling. Commitment and motivation are essential as well. Learn how to be more effective where managing and leading intersect.

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How to Get Over, Around or Through Your Wall

Posted on 4/30/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

We all hiyt a wall where our enthusiasm and productivity stumble. Try these six ways to get re-energized.

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