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  • Map Your Relationships and Save that Critical Project Map Your Relationships and Save that Critical Project

    Map Your Relationships and Save that Critical Project


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Map Your Relationships and Save that Critical Project

Several weeks ago I spoke to one of my clients who is trying to rescue a critical project. I’ll call her Susan here (which of course isn’t her real name). Susan is a COO for a rapidly growing company, and she’s been charged with rolling out a customer care initiative for the company. Sales have grown rapidly but the company is struggling to manage the growth—communications are getting crossed, delivery timelines are slipping and customers […]

  • Building Diverse & Inclusive Businesses—A Leadership Imperative Building Diverse & Inclusive Businesses—A Leadership Imperative

    Building Diverse & Inclusive Businesses—A Leadership Imperative

Building Diverse & Inclusive Businesses—A Leadership Imperative

Several weeks ago, I participated in a panel discussing diversity in the workplace. The title of the panel was “Diversity and Innovation,” but the real topic was “Why are we still having this conversation, and why haven’t we made progress?” It’s an important question for the future of American business, and it’s an area in which I believe many leaders should be taking a more active role. Diversity has been a hot topic for three […]

  • How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 2: The Pillars of Innovation How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 2: The Pillars of Innovation

    How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 2: The Pillars of Innovation

How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 2: The Pillars of Innovation

How can you make your company culture more innovative? Over the years, I’ve seen that certain behaviors support innovative corporate cultures. If leaders build a solid foundation upon those behaviors in the workplace, there’s a better chance that their organizations will be stronger and enduring. These three “pillar” practices create a work environment conducive to generating ideas, encouraging productive behaviors, and sparking imagination. (I define “innovation” as something that creates incremental value by providing a […]

  • How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 1 Understanding Innovation How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 1 Understanding Innovation

    How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 1 Understanding Innovation

How to Build a Culture of Innovation—Part 1 Understanding Innovation

  It’s hard to pick up a business book or magazine without seeing the word “innovation.” I believe that’s a good thing because innovation is the life-blood of any business—it’s how we serve our customers and differentiate ourselves from the competition. However, many business leaders privately tell me how much they struggle with innovation. They find it difficult to generate new ideas, their employees sometimes resist needed change, and the higher the stakes the more […]

  • What I Learned about Public Speaking at TEDx What I Learned about Public Speaking at TEDx

    What I Learned about Public Speaking at TEDx

What I Learned about Public Speaking at TEDx

Several weeks ago I received a tremendous honor—I was invited to speak at TEDx Boulder. I’m a huge TED fan, and I believe the TED mission of “spreading ideas worth sharing” is incredibly important for individuals, businesses and our society. So, of course, I expected to invest a lot of time and effort into preparing for my first TED talk. However, what I didn’t realize was how much I would learn during the process—knowledge that […]

  • A Better Way to Do Business—Why I Became a B Corp A Better Way to Do Business—Why I Became a B Corp

    A Better Way to Do Business—Why I Became a B Corp

A Better Way to Do Business—Why I Became a B Corp

I want to share some very good news. Vision Executive Coaching recently became certified as a B Corporation, or B Corp for short. B Corp certification means that Vision has undergone a rigorous assessment of our ethical, social and environmental business practices, and that we meet the highest standards. I’m extremely proud of this move for a number of reasons. First, it is a way to further stand for values that I believe are important. Second, this is […]

  • How To Talk About What You Do How To Talk About What You Do

    How To Talk About What You Do

How To Talk About What You Do

Recently I caught up with a former colleague, who I’ll call John. Formerly a senior leader with a Fortune 100 company, John has extraordinary skills in his field. He’s also in a career transition right now—in other words, he’s looking for a new job after being laid off. During our chat, I noticed that John was sounding apologetic for his last job, when in fact there was a really good story to tell about his […]

  • How to Be a Courageous Leader How to Be a Courageous Leader

    How to Be a Courageous Leader

How to Be a Courageous Leader

I work with many tremendously talented people who repeatedly overcome obstacles and succeed, but I also see others who remain stuck in a perpetual negative cycle they believe they’re powerless to escape. As an executive coach I’ve learned that there’s one key differentiator: courage. And it’s not just the run-of-the-mill “gladiator” archetype of courage. Rather, it’s an insightful, reflective, innovative, and often quiet type of courage. More importantly, I’ve learned that this type of courage […]

  • 7 Steps to Simple, Straightforward Strategic Planning 7 Steps to Simple, Straightforward Strategic Planning

    7 Steps to Simple, Straightforward Strategic Planning

7 Steps to Simple, Straightforward Strategic Planning

In my last article, Get Your Year Off to the Right Start, I discussed the importance of strategic planning and goal setting. However, annual strategic planning can become arduous and complex. The result is unproductive meetings, plans that are never implemented, or (worst of all) people who give up on planning entirely. Unless you’re a Fortune 100 company preparing for a complex decision, your company is better off with a simple, streamlined approach. When I facilitate […]

  • Get Your New Year Off to the Right Start Get Your New Year Off to the Right Start

    Get Your New Year Off to the Right Start

Get Your New Year Off to the Right Start

Most of us are now back in the office after a well-deserved holiday break, and even though jumping back in after the year-end vacation can feel overwhelming, I believe the beginning of the year is the perfect time to take stock of the past, celebrate your accomplishments, and set some goals for the coming year. Unlike New Year’s resolutions—many of which are forgotten by February—effective New Year goal-setting is a very specific process, and can […]