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An Unexpected Challenge in Collaborating

Posted on 4/17/2018 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching collaboration

Sometimes personal drivers get in the way of collaborating. Learn how to manage yourself with questions.

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It's Their Job to be Successful- What You Can Do Differently So They Can Do Their Job

Posted on 8/14/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching executive coaching leadership leader

A leader sets the stage for their team to be successful. It is up to each person to create that success. There are steps leaders can take to lay the groundwork.

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How Might We....? A Simple Question for Better Outcomes

Posted on 7/31/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching collaboration

How might we..? is a question every leader should have in their back pocket. It has the power to unlock ideas and generate creative solutions.

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Master the Art of Collaborative Questions

Posted on 6/29/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching collaboration

Collaboration requires a number of skills, the most important is the ability to ask the right questions. Asking Idea Source and Driving Quest questions will deepen the discussion. Better solutions will result.

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You Are Only Human - How to Lead When Frustrated or Angry

Posted on 4/24/2017 by Barbara Blake in self coaching executive coaching leadership development executive coaching leadership

Getting frustrated or angry can happen to all of us. What matters is how we deal with these emotions and then determine what our reaction of frustration or anger says about us. Knowing oneself is the core of great leadership.

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How a Bit of Spring Cleaning Can Get You Back on Track

Posted on 3/29/2017 by Barbara Blake in executive coaching executive coaching leadership

Spring is a time of renewal. It is a perfect time to clean out not only the stuff around you but also attitudes and stories in your mind that hold you back. Cleaning up your environment will help you think differently which causes you to act differently.

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Recover From A Setback - 5 Steps To Get Back On Track

Posted on 1/30/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching executive presence leadership development

Practicing a new behavior is a challenge. Even when it seems to be going well there are times when we get tripped up. When that happens follow these five steps to get back on track.

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One. Simple. Thing

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership coaching

Keeping things simple takes a imagination and effort. As you make your resolutions for 2017, keep them simple. Simple keeps you focused and helps you achieve amazing results.

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I Just Asked

Posted on 11/30/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching talent development

Your team is looking for opportunities to grow. They will ask for more responsibility, to learn new skills or increase exposure to other areas. Are you ready for that conversation? Get ready for the "Big Ask" with these six steps.

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Reframe "Fake it until you make it" Advice for Better Results

Posted on 10/26/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

Too often people resist trying new behaviors because it feels inauthentic, not them. The advice "fake it until you make it" feeds the sense of inauthenticity. Reframing the advice to a more positive perspective increases the rate of success in making a habit of new behaviors.

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