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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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The Office Eeyore

Posted on 3/3/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching communication

Are you the Office Eeyore? Our best intentions as a leader can backfire. What you think as helpful may actually be spreading negativity. Fortunately one small change in your behavior can have a significant impact.

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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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Resolutions!

Posted on 1/7/2014 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

Want to keep those resolutions? The traditional way is so 2013. It's a New Year. Take a New Approach that will get results.

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A Fresh Look at Performance Reviews

Posted on 12/9/2013 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

Looking at performance reviews through a different lens can bring a fresh perspective to the process and its impact.

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Take Time to LIsten - A Leadership Lesson from Congress

Posted on 10/22/2013 by Barbara Blake

When people are not heard, the consequences can be disruptive. To avoid the disruptions, follow three steps to better listening.

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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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Why You Should Be "Going Back To School" Too

Posted on 8/28/2013 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching

Great leaders are also great learners. Why you should be a learner too and some ideas on how to be one.

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Why Leaders Fail - Reason #4, Lack of Self Knowledge

Posted on 8/13/2013 by Barbara Blake in leadership onboarding executive coaching

Lack of Self Knowledge is a key reason of leader failure. It is imperative to know oneself well - and to be diligently building more productive behaviors and interactions.

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Why Leaders Fail - Reason #3 Underestimating the Value of Relationships

Posted on 7/30/2013 by Barbara Blake in Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching

Take time to build relationships and sustain relationships. The investment will pay off in both the short and long-term.

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