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Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs
24 May

Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Many of you know I train dogs…and it is uncanny how often insights I gain from that world help me understand the world of executives. Here is today’s lesson:  Both dogs and people have emotional brains that react under pressure and stress and impact performance. In an “optimal emotional state”, my dogs perform great. With

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10 May

The End of Bad Executive Team Meetings

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

My client, CEO of a large financial services firm, drummed his fingers on the table and looked out the window. It was beautiful outside, the first warm and sunny day of spring. Inside, the fourth PowerPoint deck of the day was being presented. All the decks had been at least 45 slides in length and

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03 May

Hey, CEO – Is Your Team Rowing in the Same Direction?

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

As a CEO, you may be tempted to believe that your Executive Team is a well-oiled, high performing machine. After all, you had significant influence on its membership, whether having hired everyone or at least vetted those you inherited when you started. Your team meetings have good agendas, everyone shows up, there’s little open warfare,

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19 Apr

How to Avoid a Bad Hiring Decision

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

One of the most difficult conversations I have with CEOs and other senior executives is when a new leader, who seemed so promising during the interview process, shows up “differently” on the job. The confident, outgoing, leader-like candidate becomes a narcissistic bully The respectful, people-focused candidate can’t handle conflict or make tough decisions The smart,

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12 Apr

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

In my 11th grade British Literature class we studied poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the Scottish poet who penned such classics as “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”, “A Red, Red Rose”, and “To a Mouse”.  But I was reminded of another Robert Burns classic while reading an article on the impact

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04 Apr

Creating Workplace Cultures that Support Diversity and Inclusion

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

On March 23rd, I had the pleasure and privilege of co-leading The Bailey Group’s second Coaching and Caffeine gathering for CEOs with Liwanag Ojala, CEO of Caring Bridge. The topic was Creating Workplace Cultures that Support Diversity and Inclusion. Liwanag’s knowledge and passion for the subject assured that a lively discussion took place with the

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22 Mar

You Say Millennial, I Say Multi-Generational

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Labeling generations is all the rage—Traditionalists (born before 1946), Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X’ers (1965-1979), Millennials (1980-2000) and—get this—Generation Z, the post-Millennial group who will be joining the ranks of working professionals within the next few years. Personifying and categorizing each generation has become quite popular. Perhaps it is an attempt to make some sense of

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15 Mar

Dear White Boss

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Dear White Boss, I have been thinking a lot about diversity lately. Many kinds of diversity…though I probably reflect most on the differences rooted in political, racial, gender, sexual identity, religious and even personality these days. What I know, from personal experience in and research on individuals, teams, and organizations is that MORE diversity (of

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07 Mar

Millennials and Baby Boomers have the same aspirations

Sal MondelliBy Sal Mondelli

I’ll bet you were surprised at the title of this blog!! While attending a round table session that focused on talent management for 2017 and beyond, a light bulb went on when participants were discussing millennials and their work aspirations. We have heard them for the past few years: Millennials want to work on projects

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