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  1. Contingency Planning and Strategic Planning in Action!

    Leadership

    Katahdin Cruises & the Moosehead Marine Museum “Shakedown” Cruise… Recently, David and I drove to Greenville, Maine and climbed aboard the steamboat Katahdin.  Liz McKeil, the Executive Director of the Moosehead Marine Museum, had invited us up for the annual…

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  2. Coaching while hiking: 5 good things.

    Executive Coaching

    Today was an experiment. My coaching client was looking to make some career changes to be able to do more of what he is passionate about. He is an outdoors kind of guy so it seemed like a good idea…

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  3. Can You Take a Leap of Faith?

    Executive Coaching

    A short story . . . I have a client who is weighing an important decision about a career change.  He has worked hard for many years in a company where he has frequently felt under-valued by top leadership and…

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  4. How Team Development Helps Businesses Make Hard Decisions

    Executive Coaching

    I was asked by a Federal Government client for a proposal for a 3-day facilitation. The audience was managers who had science and technical backgrounds. Everyone knew each other, though they were in different locations across New England. The “easy”…

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  5. 12 “Truths” About Personal Change and Development

    Executive Coaching

    Try saying yes to the mess. I expect that everyone has a story of some personal change they are trying to make.  Here’s a short list of stories I hear about most often . . .   Want to lose…

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  6. Are You Tired of Automatically Saying “Yes”?

    Executive Coaching

    Seems like everywhere I go, people end up talking about how busy they are.  Having more things to do than can reasonably be done (or done well) has become a dubious badge of honor that many of us put on…

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  7. How to Stop Taking Everything So Personally

    Leadership

    Most of what I’ve learned about not taking everything that happens so personally comes from the work of Barry Oshry.  Barry’s life work over the last 50 years or so has focused on the power and possibilities for individuals and…

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  8. Read the article, "If Titles Don’t Make Leaders…What Does?"

    If Titles Don’t Make Leaders…What Does?

    Executive Coaching

    Before setting up my own business. I worked in corporations for about 30 years.  Reflecting on the people I once worked for in the corporate world, I started categorizing my best and worst bosses and what they did and did…

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  9. Read the article, "Staying Grounded in Difficult Conversations"

    Staying Grounded in Difficult Conversations

    Executive Coaching

    Think for a minute about the difficult conversations you have had or avoided over the last month.  You know — the conversations where you really needed to give someone bad news, talk about something awkward, give unwanted critical feedback, receive…

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  10. Read the article, "Making the Case for Feedback!"

    Making the Case for Feedback!

    Executive Coaching

    Stop for a minute and think about a current professional relationship that you wish was better – stronger, more cooperative, healthier, more open, more trusting, more genuine. Maybe you’re thinking about an employee who is under-performing or a difficult relationship…

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