The Role of Communication and Culture

In my corporate career I was with a firm that acquired 22 brands and tried to consolidate them into one. Think about that 22 distinct companies, leaders and cultures, consolidated into one. What followed was Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, a fire sale acquisition and now the entity no longer exists. It …

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Does She Have Stage Fright? – Yes, And It Doesn’t Matter

As a communication and leadership coach, I often work with people of have to give a presentation in front of others and they are afraid. They look at people that they see on stage that deliver so well and think, “I can never do that.” The famous actor Laurence Olivier …

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That Difficult Conversation – How to have a Feedback Conversation

I often hear from client managers that feedback is difficult because employees don’t want to hear it. And I hear from team members that they don’t receive good feedback. Clearly there is an opportunity here for better management of those difficult conversations. What makes them difficult in the first place? …

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Five Signs You Might Be a Bad Boss

You can’t control your emotions As a leader, your emotional tone sets the tone for your team. If you are frustrated, your team is in all likelihood going to experience frustrations. I am sure you have heard, “emotions are contagious.” Today there is increasing evidence that they are.  Realizing that …

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