BREAK THROUGH

16
Aug
Desperate for Leadership Development by Jim Ramerman
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I met with a leader this morning who was desperate for leadership development. She had been a successful individual contributor in a professional services firm for over fifteen years.  Then, the firm had gone through a series of acquisitions and had assigned her the role of office manager for a group of 20. And she had never, ever, had formal or informal training on how to be a supervisor, a manager or a leader. No mentoring. No conferences. Nothing. So…desperate.…

One of my guilty pleasures? I watch the Mission Impossible movies. All of them. Why? Excitement. The heroes must find a way to save the world – and do – every time. That’s how a mission should work. It should challenge you to do something important. It should excite you. Throughout my career, I’ve facilitated numerous strategic planning processes and helped organizations create new, galvanizing, mission statements. It’s an honor to be engaged in the work of helping people decide…

25
Oct
More Than a Leadership Certificate Program by Nick Lind
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I admit it. My mere existence within our circle was first and foremost a humbling surprise to me. As my colleagues introduced themselves I found myself impressed with each and every one of them. So many amazing life stories, so many diverse backgrounds, such rich and lasting contributions from members across the group. I found myself nodding and shaking hands with CEOs, executive leaders, university professionals and community organizers. And without exception, their polished résumés and personal successes were matched…

29
Aug

The most powerful realization has come to me these last handful of years. Something I knew, but now I really know. Here it is in two parts: Part A: I have the choice to think any way I want – about leadership, about life, about things and about myself. Part B: When I think differently, I feel differently and I act differently – and have a different impact on myself, my company and everyone else I connect with. This is…

28
Jul
Confidence… the Power to Move the Universe by Jim Ramerman
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Okay, maybe confidence is not the power to move the WHOLE universe, but it’s definitely a key to organizational and leadership excellence. In my coaching career, I’ve seen some leaders who are genuinely arrogant or over-confident, but I’ve found that most leaders want, and need, more confidence. Organizations led by confident leaders at all levels are generally higher performing; they’re great places to work. How? Let me count some of the ways! Confident leaders are not threatened when they see…

21
Apr
Talent Stewardship Principles: Yours & Mine by Jim Ramerman, and you
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  • stewardship . Talent management .

Do you want to build a legacy?  I do something worthwhile that lives beyond me and stands the test of time.  That’s why I am so passionate about the art of developing leaders. When it comes to making a real difference in the world, few opportunities present the potential as does the coaching of leaders to become more effective in building their team’s confidence and competence.  Building a quality organization operating under dynamic, deep-rudder leadership with strong core values is…

My work over the last 35 years has been in leadership development. My mission has been to “go deep with motivated executives for break through transformation of their leadership, their organizations- and their lives.” When it comes to the part about “transforming organizations”, the task becomes monumental. To reach a true transformation takes time and commitment.  And it takes a lot of people pulling together – it takes a village to transform a village. Usually, it starts with key players…

23
Oct
Trouble Shots by Paul Hudson
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My final round of the year last week (with Jim and John) reminded me how the great game of golf is often used as a metaphor for life.  It’s chockablock with competition, challenge, striving, skill development, strategy, variety, fun—and trouble shots.  You know, where the ball scoots under shrubs, or you get a nasty fried-egg lie in the bunker, or you need to bend one hard from left to right or keep it below grabby branches.  Maybe you even need…

23
Oct
Leadership & Terrorism by Paul Hudson
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Walter Wriston, the CEO who built Citicorp, said that good leaders don’t get to do what they want to, they do what they must.  Another 9/11 anniversary reminds us that this nation must continue to lead the fight against terrorism…even though we have lost in total some 12,000 American lives, the wars have sacked our treasury for $6 trillion, and our dithering has emboldened bad actors.   But something else, dangerous and largely unrecognized, has happened:  The terrorists have hijacked the…

14
Mar

Absolutely. Leaders are definitely responsible for the financial performance of the organization. And their responsibility goes much broader than that. Responsibility is proportional to authority – and the more a senior leader you are, the more responsibility you have and the more responsibility you have. Responsibility over finances, performance, processes – and, most important of all, people. Make sense? Let’s put a different, and I think, deeper twist on “responsibility”. When coaching senior leaders about managing their power, I find…