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15 seconds to a better presentation

These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention. It takes an audience about 15 seconds (at most) to decide whether your presentation is worth their attention. Fritter away those fifteen seconds and your audience will either mentally check out or pull out their phones to start texting. Here’s… Read More

The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up

After promising your boss you would complete an important assignment on time, you realize you’re behind and it’s going to be late. You unintentionally leave a colleague out of the loop on a joint project, causing him or her to feel frustrated and a bit betrayed. On the subway, you aren’t paying attention and accidentally… Read More

Decisions Decisions!! In Leadership and Executive Coaching

As making key decisions often fall to leaders (with potentially huge consequences), Leo McKeown ‘s article begins to explore how pattern recognition can form the basis for making successful choices. He believes there’s one thing that all leaders should be able to do well that certainly made me think twice. It’s not managing or even… Read More

Time to think – Leadership and Coaching

“ I never have time to think!” How many times have you heard that old chestnut? Ebay’s CEO, John Donahoe’s post was a worthwhile read as he firmly believes that time spent away to refresh and refocus is really not time off. It’s just time better spent. There’s a lesson for us all here… I… Read More

Executive Coaching -Ten Principles of mindful leadership

Phil Jackson’s 10 Principles of Mindful Leadership I have to admit that I am not a basketball fan but was intrigued by the principles Phil Jackson (considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the US National Basketball Association), uses to achieve sporting success with his teams.  They support the idea that a… Read More

Opportunities – Executive Coaching – Here’s one I made earlier!

We all know no one posts the best jobs. The really juicy positions usually get handed around like a treasured prize within social networks. Maybe you’ll see a notice on LinkedIn, or a posting on your alumni listserv — but probably not. The most exciting jobs have an infinite number of aspirants, so unless you’ve… Read More

The Age of Entrepreneurs and Leaders

According to famed developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, as we grow older, hunger for meaning animates us, making us more alive. His theory explains that each healthy human passes through eight stages of development from infancy to adulthood. The seventh stage of development typically takes places between the ages 40-64 and centres around generativity, a period… Read More

Executive Coaching – What to ask the person in the mirror

If you’re like most successful leaders, you were, in the early stages of your career, given plenty of guidance and support. You were closely monitored, coached, and mentored. But as you moved up the ladder, the sources of honest and useful feedback became fewer, and after a certain point, you were pretty much on your… Read More

Do Coaches need to step up to the challenge?

(taken from an article by John Whitmore)  We can’t avoid the challenge of change even if we want to. Global instability will be with us for a lifetime anyway, so what are our roles and our goals as coaches? In the immediate term there are fewer clients in the market for most of us, and… Read More

How Executive Coaching can have an impact on your Leadership skills

What skills should a great leader have? Stephen Fry’s Duke of Wellington was once posed the question in an episode of Blackadder. “The ability to shout. Shouting, shouting and yet more SHOUTING,” bellows the uncompromising military commander, to hilarious effect. We’ve all had bosses who seem to style themselves on military leaders, however treating the… Read More

Executive Coaching. 4 surprisingly effective things to say

As the boss, you have to know it all and always be in the right. Wrong. Try these simple, yet powerful words to build trust and lead with integrity We all make mistakes, say the wrong things, and misjudge a situation from time to time. But not everyone will admit their errors, especially in a… Read More

The six roles of an Executive Coach

At the International Coach Federation European Conference in Italy, Robert Dilts ran a seminal session titled ‘From Coach to Awakener’. He stated that coaching is the process of helping another person perform at the peak of his or her abilities. It doesn’t presuppose that people are broken – on the contrary, it helps them identify… Read More

How can leaders create happier organisations?

March 20, 2013, marks the first ever International Day of Happiness. This was decreed last year by the United Nations following a meeting on well-being attended by government officials, economists, scholars, and business and spiritual leaders from around the world. It was hosted by Bhutan, a small but visionary country which famously uses Gross National… Read More

The definition of delegation… Does it need tweaking?

When you delegate work to the member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives. Delegation of work can be as simple as scrubbing the feature list or as complex as asking someone to take on a group-wide stretch assignment. No matter what the scale of delegation, getting out… Read More

Using Executive Coaching and Mentoring – Top 5 career regrets

1. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money. By far the biggest regret of all came from those who opted into high-paying but ultimately dissatisfying careers. Classic research proves that compensation is a “hygiene” factor, not a true motivator. What was surprising, though, were the feelings of helplessness these individuals were facing…. Read More

Management and Leadership, is there a difference?

Another great example of the difference between Management and Leadership from an article by John Kotter. In more than four decades of studying businesses and consulting to organisations on how to implement new strategies, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people use the words “leadership” and “management” synonymously, and it drives me… Read More

Achieve your full potential with Xenonex

As we spring into March, we are busy putting the final touches to our latest ILM Level 7 Open Programme in Executive Coaching & Mentoring taking place this May in Leeds. Whether you are a Senior Manager or HD/OD professional looking to develop your expertise & credibility in these fields, or want to establish coaching… Read More

Executive Coaching can help bad leaders change their spots

I came across this great blog by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman and thought it expressed very neatly, why Executive Coaching and Mentoring is such a vital tool across all business sectors. So today we’re thinking of ourselves as not just Executive Coaches and Mentors, but as spot changers! We have many ways to describe… Read More

Empowering your employees? How coaching & leadership development can help make a transformation.

The following report finds extensive evidence that employers must work differently to survive the economic challenges of 2013, and need to develop a new working environment to gain optimum success in achieving business goals.   Study: Enhanced Employee Development Needed in 2013   Arlington, Va. — Dec. 10 CEB, a member-based advisory company, has released… Read More