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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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Put Your Whole Self In

Posted on 12/19/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership effective communication

Effective interaction includes recognizing and responding to the underlying emotional content of the message and recipient. Take time to address both content and emotion for more effective communication.

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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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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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Look Up Occasionally to Avoid Tripping

Posted on 5/30/2017 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership

Too often we become hyper-focused on what we are doing and miss cues in our environment that may impede success. Take time to do a check by asking questions to keep you and your team heading in the right direcdtion.

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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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