As my tenure as a coach grows, and as I meet an increasing number of client prospects, I have noticed recurring themes among individuals who do not think about working with a coach, or who do not want a coach, which I have recapped below.
I typically visit with clients every other week at their offices, and one of the details I observe is the status of my client’s office whiteboards.
A whiteboard that does not change from meeting to meeting reflects your state of mind – inflexible, boring, and inactive.
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The most important relationship you have at work is with your boss. While you may not be best friends with your boss, your boss should always speak about you in positive ways. In this video, listen and watch as Ed talks about this relationship and ways to improve upon it.
Every leader should be asking her colleagues “What 1 – 2 things can I be doing differently in order to be more successful?” This helps build relationships and your leadership presence. In this video, listen and watch as Ed talks about the importance of asking that million dollar question.
After working in large corporations for twenty years and providing leadership coaching for ten years, I have come to a conclusion that virtually every organizational leader needs coaching at some point in his/her career.
This is not speculation – this is evidence that I have accumulated through my own experiences and the experiences of my clients. Whether my client is new or experiencing a change to his/her role, building a new relationship with his/her boss, or struggling is his/her role, all of them need a coach.
“In this era of mergers and acquisitions, technological advances, globalization, and virtual employment, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job is a must read for anyone looking to remain relevant in their career.” ~ Bob Kelleher, author of Louder Than Words
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I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job.
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- Why networking and performance appraisals are so yesterday
- The seven Visibility Accelerators designed to help you raise your visibility in your organization and industry
- How value is the new corporate currency
Raising your visibility and value is about being bold and taking steps that you may not normally take within your organization and industry.
To that end, I recently signed up to have myself video-taped during a presentation in Concord, New Hampshire, where I chatted about a number of leadership experiences and lessons I have learned from my clients.
In my practice of leadership coaching, I strive to be two things. I work to be experiential – learning from my own behaviors and the behaviors of my clients to help everyone with whom I work. Secondly, I work to be action-based. I believe progress comes from taking action and I work hard with my clients to move closer and closer to their goals.
I’d love to invite you to view the three videos that you can find on YouTube by clicking here. The topics you will find are:
- Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Boss
- Leaders Need to Show Empathy
- Ask the Million-Dollar Question
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I would estimate that 90% of my clients are avoiding a conflict-based conversation. Who can blame them? Not only are conflict-based conversations uncomfortable, these individuals have experienced ZERO training in how to effectively manage conflict in the workplace.
Most successful leaders would tell you that conflict is good. Respectfully discussing opposing opinions or deficient performance in proactive and healthy ways are good for an organization. Some clients (although only a handful) love conflict! They see conflict-based conversations as a great way to make significant progress in resolving problems and building relationships.
One of the best strategies to manage a potentially conflict-based conversation is to follow Steven Covey’s fifth habit of highly effective people – Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Most folks go into a conflict-based conversation with their guns blaring. They believe they have an argument to win and they intend on winning it! In reality, the more you know about how your colleague feels about a situation, the better position you are in to handle your differences respectfully.
Next time you have a difficult topic to discuss with a colleague, start the conversation with the following questions:
- Can you tell me why you feel this way?
- Why do you believe this is the best way for us to move forward?
- Are you open to hearing other options that might work equally as well?
I guarantee you will have a better conversation, your colleague will be very surprised by your strategy to understand before being understood, and your will raise your visibility as a leader who manages conflict proactively and respectfully.