09Nov

Executive Coaching at the Right and Best Level

There is a ubiquitous crisis of leadership in the workplace. Gallup says 82% of managers are the wrong fit. Executives are both leaders and managers.   They lead people and manage processes and things. We can’t manage people, we can only either lead them or not. Sadly, most executives are chosen, not for pre-existing leadership or read more

26Oct

Steps to Deal Effectively with Unacceptable Behaviour and Performance (and keep trust and respect)

One of the situations most avoided by leaders is dealing with unacceptable behaviour and performance. The main reasons are: Fear of failure. Causing more conflict or escalation. Losing or breaking relations. Not knowing how to do it effectively. Concern about the process being onerous. Yet, those leaders who have invested the time to learn how read more

17Nov

Leadership Can Change Your Perspective

John (name and identifying data changed) asked me to coach him. He’d recently been appointed as the CEO of his engineering firm, which provides turnkey process infrastructure. John is an engineer and for the last four years had been the senior engineer in charge of production output, reporting to the previous CEO. He asked me read more

03Nov

An Early Sign of Failed Leadership

Your company appears to be doing OK. Sales are strong, even growing with new accounts. You have a few rainmakers doing a great job bringing in those new accounts. The rainmakers are well incentivised; the reward system is working.   Existing customer sales have plateaued, but that’s understandable in the current economic climate. Your CFO read more

08Sep

Psychopath or Lacking People Skills?

With my background in leading covert law enforcement, I have received training and experience with the criminal psychopath. The difference between the criminal psychopath or sociopath (there is constant interchangeability of usage between the two labels – to me they are so similar as to be the same) and the workplace psychopath, is that the read more