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Put Yourself on Your Gift List

Posted on 11/30/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership development executive coaching leadership

We often neglect our own development and growth. This time of year is a perfect time to think about how you can change that dynamic. Think of giving yourself the gift of growth.

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Back on Track - Three Ways to Resync Team Members

Posted on 10/30/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership communication leadership development

Leaders need to be able to read team members' frustration and lack of progress as more than poor performance. It could be the person needs more support. Use these three ways to resync.

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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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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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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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The General Theory of Outcomes

Posted on 9/28/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

The General Theory of Outcomes describes a method to achieve more productive outcomes from interactions with colleagues and staff. It is a simple formula for leadership excellence.

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Win Gold in the 5 Key Roles for Team Effectiveness

Posted on 8/26/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

Many leaders overlook the critical roles they can and should play in teams. The ability to act in the five roles will spur better decision making, problem solving and better leadership.

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Making It Stick - How to Increase the Odds of Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level

Posted on 7/21/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

How to help a new behavior become a habit is an issue everyone faces. Defy the forces of nature and environment with these tips.

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Leading From the Side

Posted on 4/29/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

There are situations that call for a different leadership approach, leading from the side. Being visible and trusting your team to do the job. It empowers your team and gets results.

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Say No to NICE and Yes to KIND

Posted on 3/29/2016 by Barbara Blake in leadership leadership development leadership coaching giving feedback

When giving feedback, the best leaders take themselves out of the equation and focus on their team. By doing this the leader avoids being NICE (ineffective) and instead is KIND, telling the truth and helping the individual find a way to act differently.

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