Author Archives: Barb Krantz Taylor

04 Feb

What If You Wanted The Truth?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

What if you wanted the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from your senior team? Could you get it? It’s rare a CEO does even if he/she wants to. And, truth be told, most of your leaders don’t want to tell you the truth!  Why? Sometimes, they think you can’t handle it!

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05 Nov

3 Quick Ways To Ignite Your Executive Team

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

You and your executive team have been working hard—too hard—the last several months and you’ve been together a while. There’s no drama, internal or external, and performance metrics are on track. You’re beginning to wonder whether this is a good thing or will complacency set in? So, you’re looking for ways to recognize and/or re-ignite

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20 Aug

I’m At The End Of My Rope Dealing With People Having Challenging Personalities…What Do I Do With Them? 2nd in Series of 2

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , , , , , ,

If I have learned anything in 25 years as an executive coach it is that people don’t change that much. The leader who has a “difficult personality” early in their tenure will have one later.  So, if one of your leaders has one of those “difficult personalities”, and it bothers you, do something. Accept it,

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04 Jun

Am I Capable of Leading This Company Through Hard Times? Who Can I Talk To? 1st in a Series of 4

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

We all know the phrase “It’s lonely at the top”. Nowhere does this seem more applicable than with today’s CEOs.  Legitimately, there are issues that are clearly inappropriate or too risky to share with members of the Board or members of your Executive Leadership Team. Good choice for keeping that information to yourself! However, that does not preclude you from

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17 Jul

What Millenials Can Teach CEOs

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I am not much of a futurist in that I rarely think about current trends that predict major changes in the years ahead. However, there is one that I predict may be huge in the next decade—and maybe sooner. That is, a coming backlash against the demanding workloads many organizations place on their most valuable

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22 May

Do You Stray From Your Comfort Zone Enough to Grow?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Some years ago, my business partner shared with me a quote I now keep on my desk at all times…”our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable”—attributed to Twyla Tharp. Rarely is this quote far from my mind, both as a helpful construct for my clients AND a reminder

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26 Mar

To Be Trusted or Not to Be Trusted. That is the Question.

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , ,

“It astounds me how little senior management gets a basic truth: If clients don’t trust you they will eventually stop doing business with you. It doesn’t matter how smart you are.” –Excerpt from Greg Smith’s (former Goldman Sachs senior executive) resignation letter Greg Smith’s quote caused quite a stir after being printed in the NY

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