Category: General Leadership

How Strong is Your Voice for Your Value? What Will You Show Others?

How often do you get opportunities to demonstrate who you are and what you’re capable of?

Opportunities, in and of themselves, can be tricky as life is about taking the opportunities which you’re given at some points in time while making opportunities for yourself at others.

Too many people wait for opportunities to be presented instead of working around life and trying to lay down the tracks for creating their own.

So, in…


Cuban on Trump: Leadership, Management, & Communication

In this article in the Huffington Post, Mark Cuban criticized President Trump, overall, for having “no leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills.”

When it comes to the direction of an organization or entity, these are powerful skills and factors, which play into how effective a leader, boss, or executive is in their work.

This also plays into the perception of effectiveness.

We do not necessarily see the fruits of our labor today, especially in…


In Your Life And Work, What Do You Allow People To Take From You?

Are you allowing others to dictate the course of your leadership and professional development? The development of those abilities and skills may be more out of your control than you know or would prefer.

But that’s only if you let it be that way.

These types of developments are not limited to the proactive steps you’re taking to gain from and influence your immediate environment. Nor are they confined to how you react to factors in your environment.

Beyond…


What People Teach Us: Travis Kalanick — Temper vs. Leadership

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posted a “Profound Apology” on the company’s website to atone for or, at least, begin atoning for his behavior in a video which surfaced of him berating an Uber driver, while he was a fare in the man’s car, who had challenged him on the company’s policies which purportedly cost the driver $97,000 in losses.

In the posted apology, Kalanick states “It’s clear this video is a reflection of me…


When You Want To Move Forward, Avoid The Dead End That Is “I Don’t Know.”

Leadership and professional development culminate in, ultimately, a goal we have for ourselves, but it begins by serving others.

It begins with serving others because, very rarely, can such goals be accomplished without others buying into, believing and investing in, or contributing to what we are trying to achieve, whether they are customers, staff, or other stakeholders.

And there are various ways to serve others.

First and foremost, we can provide others with focused and definitive consultation, guidance,…


Can You Find The Middle Ground Between You and Your Opponent?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has already gone down as one of the most contentious, divisive, and combative election cycles in United States history.

The term “trickle-down,” aside from being used for economic purposes, could also be used to describe how these antagonistic feelings cascaded from the Presidential campaign down to the Congressional elections, to the state elections, and finally into the general public, impacting the relationships of citizens, friends, and family, alike.

Very rarely were there…


In All Your Endeavors, Where Do You Stand On The Bridge of Leadership

How does your leadership transfer across endeavors?

How effective is it from one environment to the next, whether adjusting from your professional to personal or any other environment in which you might operate?

How does it compare across the worlds, environments, and circles of both your career and personal life?

Where do you stand on the Bridge of Leadership?

We’ll get to what the bridge stands for in a minute, but first let’s talk about how we…


So, You Want To Be An Effective Leader. How Are Your Conversational Skills?

Contrary to traditional — and misguided — belief, leading is not merely about coming into an environment, picking up the torch and pushing forward.

It is not merely serving as a talking head for all that has been built and laid out before one’s own tenure.

It is not merely continuing what was laid out before one’s arrival, but also building upon and improving it, leaving it better than when the initiative, mission, or effort was taken…


To Move Forward, Answer This: Are You Taking The Proactive or Reactive Path In LIfe?

Leadership is about taking in and utilizing the resources around you, whether it is for a cause or mission greater than yourself, or for your own development.

The tools you need are there for the taking. It’s a matter of realizing it, identifying them, and reaching out to combine the internal knowledge you hold and carry with those external tools that are at your disposal.

No one can take that first step but you. No…


The Strongest Aspect Of Leadership is Not About Them. It’s About You!

OK, maybe that headline is a form of trickery, counter-intuitive to everything CiO espouses and guides in coaching clients and its blog posts, but it is true.

Of sorts.

Hear this out.

Whether you have an official leadership title or not, leadership is about people. It is about getting the best results out of your environment. It is about getting the best out of others. It is about providing value where possible. It is an ever-evolving and growing mission…


Emotional Intelligence: This Is What It’s Like To Break The 4th Wall

The world as we know it is seemingly deteriorating, falling apart as the divisions between the groups of our fellow men, women and children continue to grow.

Or at least that’s the way it feels.

The world is made up of myriad beliefs, whether based in religion, politics, race or other demographics, which are in some cases viewed as uncompromising by their opposing sides as they all work in their own methods toward their own definition of…


The Ultimate Question At The Heart Of All of Coach It Out’s Work: What Is Leadership?

Leadership is so many things. There are so many facets to it, examples of it, and sources for it.

To be clear: Leadership is not solely limited to someone in a position of power.

Leaders traditionally might have been seen as those that take, dole out, and build their power. But leadership is the opposite. It is not about taking, it’s about giving. That old-school way of thinking will not do in a world such as ours, which is changing…


Regardless Of The Title Of Anyone You May Be Dealing With, Respect the Person

It’s obvious that throughout the workplace relationships exist, reflected in how we interact with one another.  The success of the organization is based on how smoothly those interactions function.

One of the general components of how relationships function in the workplace is the interlocking of the technical aspects and responsibilities of those relationships, for instance, from boss-to-subordinate, or colleague-to-colleague, laterally.

The other component is the professionalism which guides or serves as the foundation for that technical interaction. Professionalism,…


Yes, Don’t Dwell On The Past. But Do You Get What You Didn’t Get?

Assessment and reassessment of one’s performance is key to growth, development and success.  But that review process should not only be limited to what we are doing or have been doing, or achieved.

What about those things which we didn’t achieve?

Have you ever gone for something or desired something that didn’t work out?  Did you ever interview for a job or volunteer for a project that went another way or was given to someone else?

Maybe you got…


My One Message To The Graduates In Order To Help You: Challenge Me

To you, as a graduate, here is a tip of tremendous value I can provide to you: Challenge Me.

Before we get to why, let me offer you congratulations on your graduation! This is a tremendous achievement in and of itself, but even more tremendous if you do all that you can to build off of it.

Whether it’s a high school diploma, or an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree, you’re further along your path of knowledge (and…


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