June 1, 2009

Three Important Questions

  It’s been said before that leadership is not about having the right answers, it’s about asking the right questions. Many people hear that and picture the leaders thoughtfully posing deep, introspective questions of their followers. Asking questions that cause them to think differently and ultimately come to the right conclusions on their own about […]
May 24, 2009

Bad Leadership Works

  One of the toughest challenges I’ve faced in my years of working with leaders is that there are so many individuals who appear to be successful and yet they have spent much of their time using with fear, intimidation, and a draconian approach to managing others.  There are far too many examples of people […]
May 17, 2009

Don’t Look Now But You’re Being Watched

  I was in a high level meeting at a huge company once when the leader in the room sent an assistant out to retrieve lunch.  The executive had not eaten lunch yet and it was creeping into the afternoon hours so not all that uncommon.  What happened next though, shocked me.  When lunch was […]
May 10, 2009

A Buyer’s Market for Talent

  If you have ever wanted to upgrade the talent in your business, now is the time.  There’s never been a better talent market and there are some highly skilled employees available that are looking to work in a place where they can make a difference. Under normal circumstances, these kinds of people are fully […]
April 27, 2009

Engage Your 4th Gear and Go Anywhere

  I knew it would happen when I named the company 4th Gear Consulting. I get a lot of questions about the name and what it means and I enjoy answering them because it really is at the heart of what we are about. Many people assume that it’s about speed and while that’s certainly […]
April 18, 2009

Building Relationships 2.0

  Back when I was building the website for my business my web designer suggested that in order to improve my network and my “web presence” I should join a site called Twitter. My first question was “what the heck is Twitter?” after which he mumbled something about where I lived and a rock. My […]
April 9, 2009

Remove the Roadblocks

  As an executive coach I have the privilege of working with some amazing business leaders. It’s extremely satisfying to help these executives make a small shift in their perspective and thenwatch them use their new outlook to make changes, sometimes dramatic, in their own behavior. Sometimes a very simple idea can make measurable changes […]
April 7, 2009

Maybe You Don’t Need a Coach

  I sometimes get asked the question early in conversations with clients “why do I need an executive coach?” The short answer is, you don’t. The question is not really if you need a coach or not, the question is how good do you want to be? A coach is simply one of the tools […]
March 31, 2009

The Next Wave

  I was talking with an executive the other day who works for a major corporation and like many companies, they have been going through several rounds of layoffs.  He mentioned that he felt safer now, they had completed the cuts in his department and he had actually been promoted as a result of the […]
March 28, 2009

Any Five Year Old Can Lead

  I asked a good friend of mine who also coaches executives what the three most important attributes of a leader were.  She listed the following three things: •    Ability to communicate •    Ability to inspire •    Ability to keep an open mind Now I might argue some other attributes could be in the top […]