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Now is the Time to Prep for Performance Reviews

Posted on 11/19/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching Leadership; Onboarding; Executive Coaching communication leadership development leadership coaching

Turn performance reviews into a tool of leadership excellence. Follow the four steps to meaningful and fruitful conversations that develops your team.

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Creating Space for the "E" word

Posted on 10/28/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching executive presence leadership development leadership coaching

Emotions at work make people uncomfortable yet are powerful indicators of opportunities to improve communication, find better solutions and create productive teams. How you manage emotions is key.

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Develop the Generous Spirit of a Leader

Posted on 9/29/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development leadership coaching

A generous spirit acknowledges good ideas and accepts that one doesn't have all the answers. It is the fundamental block of great leadership.

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Design Thinking and Coaching

Posted on 8/28/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development leadership coaching

Design thinking a new trend in managing change is not new to coaching. Successful coaching has used design principles to help clients adapt and develop into more effective leaders.

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Leadership Resume - How Strong Is Yours?

Posted on 7/29/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development

Here's a new take on the resume - one that highlights how you moved people forward, not just the business. A leadership resume is a powerful tool to identify gaps and opportunities for growth in one's leadership.

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To Future Leaders - One Last Assignment Before Leaving Campus

Posted on 5/27/2015 by Barbara Blake in leadership executive coaching leadership development leadership coaching

Careers or life generally does not follow a straight line. Develop your guiding principles to help you navigate and handle the zigzags.

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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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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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