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Bite-sized concepts, observations and philosophical musings for progressive business leadership

Create a functional framework for future growth

Improve your company’s productivity by 30% and create a functional framework for future growth  Three questions CEOs often ask themselves…  “Am I, as CEO, the bottleneck holding back the company’s progress?”  “Where are my energies focused – on Today, Tomorrow or the Future?”  “How engaged are my teams and how much energy and focus are they delivering?”  And how […]

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Confidence Coaching for Self-Assurance

From defining self-confidence to explaining confidence coaching… here are my latest thoughts.  But first, a little quotation…  “Confidence and deference are not mutually exclusive, and it’s usually a lack of deference rather than excess of confidence that gets powerful people into trouble.” – Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer  Confidence has proven hard to define over the years. […]

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Have you defined your strategic direction?

Strategic Direction  The majority of business owners manage their strategic planning process by making annual sales and revenue forecasts towards their financial year end, for one to five years.  Is this you?  Have you also identified how well the functional areas in your business interact and whether they are appropriately proportioned to the whole?  If you […]

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A Buyer’s Guide to Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching & Mentoring  For the umpteenth time I had yet another one of those frustrating circular conversations with a ‘fellow executive coach’ at the recent EMCC International Coaching and Mentoring Conference in Edinburgh.  It went a little like this… FELLOW COACH: “What does CoachDirectors do?” ME: “We provide executive coaches with commercial acumen to businesses.  All our coaches […]

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Company Culture

The power of company cultureCompany culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, according to Daniel Coyle, author of the bestselling book ‘The Culture Code’.  Its presence is tangible in successful companies, just as its absence or toxicity is equally clear.  He maintains that its impact can be measured on the bottom […]

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The Art of Great Conversation

“What a great conversation…”  I’d hear that phrase often as my parents rescued me from my indifferent babysitter. I didn’t care much for the after-dinner party debrief, but I’d remember being fascinated by the art of the conversation. Oddly though, try as they might, they could never seem to remember what this great conservation had […]

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Coaching Confidence

Recently, I have been pondering on the question of coaching confidence, or, perhaps more accurately, confidence coaching.   A few years ago I read a Harvard Business Review article that said something like… ‘30% of US CEO’s were suffering from imposter syndrome.’ That is, they were waiting for the tap on the shoulder that says “you’ve […]

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