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Have You Considered Business Coaching?

  Some of the benefits of Executive Coaching include: Learn effective leadership management techniques A trusted advisor with whom to discuss your biggest leadership challenges (performance issues, strategic planning, work-life balance, challenging workplace relationships) Enhance your leadership management toolkit Increased self awareness through the use of assessment tools (360s, personality profiles) And someone to just listen to you… The benefits of executive coaching extend far beyond the four walls of the office, having a positive impact on all areas of your life.  

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Listening and Powerflow Questions – PART 1

Listening and Powerflow Questions: How To Unlock positive Flow and Achieve Great Performance PART 1 – Powerflow Questions and the IGROW Model By Ron Cacioppe, Ph.D., Managing Director, Integral Development How often would we like someone to do a job exactly how we like them to, by a specific time – but it doesn’t happen? These situations result in loss of the flow of energy, resources and time. Listening and questioning are the most effective and powerful tools a leader can have when coaching and giving feedback. Questions and listening to the answers being given can unblock individuals to get progress flowing again. Yet, the ability to ask questions and listen are key skills that many managers lack. This article has been broken into two parts. Part 1 will describe Powerflow questions using the IGROW coaching model and explore the purpose and power that these questions unleash. Part 2 of this article will look at Powerflow listening skills such as remaining silent, fully listening, and answering a question with a question to arrive at a genuine resolution. Many questions just seek to find out the facts and find a quick solution. They often look at the superficial aspect of the situation and therefore find a superficial solution. Closed questions elicit a limited response; “What time did you get that project done?” or are leading and may have the questioner’s agenda: “Did you really think that you did the best you could on that job?”. Great questions, powerful questions, help conversations … Continue reading

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From Carrying Monkeys To Empowering Leadership

By Ron Cacioppe and Megan Davidson, Integral Development Sam, one of your staff, walks into your office and says, “We have a problem and won’t make the delivery date.” After you ask why, Sam tells you, “Two people are off sick in the drafting area so we’ve had to put the delivery date back one week since we aren’t certain how many days they will be out. The customer has rung and isn’t happy. Can you give them a call and explain?” You agree to call the customer straight away despite the fact that you have other priorities. Sam walked in with a monkey on his back, a customer annoyed about the late delivery, and when he walked out of your office, it had been transferred to you. Later that morning, Helen, the accounts clerk, comes in and tells you that she has a problem with the new process that the Accounting Manager, Julia, has implemented. She spends fifteen minutes complaining about the process and adds in a few red herrings that are upsetting her and asks you to speak with the Accounting Manager to sort it all out.  You agree to have a meeting with Julia to tell her about the situation. You now have two monkeys on your back and it’s not even lunch time. When you look over your ‘To Do’ list, you see that you have a tribe of monkeys, problems that other people have transferred to you. Does this sound familiar? In 1999, William Oncken … Continue reading

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The ‘Integral’ Funk Jazz Band

By Ron Cacioppe, Managing Director, Integral Development I had never been to the Jazz Festival in York. I had seen advertisements about it for years, it looked interesting but I never had been there. It was one of those things I had always been tempted to do but had not gotten around to. After I told Karen of my desire to go there, we booked five months in advance and waited patiently but eagerly for the weekend. The image I had of the Jazz weekend didn’t match the reality. I thought it would be like New Orleans with hundreds of jazz bands in lots of cafes, restaurants, and in the streets. And thousands of people everywhere, but it turned out to be twelve jazz bands (not counting the fifteen enthusiastic, pimple faced, dangling shirts, high school jazz bands that played in the Town hall over two days) and only a hundred or so people. Karen and I walked about on this sunny Saturday afternoon feeling slightly disappointed with the quality of the town hospitality and the lack of good jazz. Until we saw and heard…THEM! On first sight, the Funk Band looked like a bedraggled group of four twenty-something year old kids who worked as waiters in cafes in Leederville and somehow managed to talk someone into letting them play in the Jazz festival on their day off. The first person I noticed was Jimie. Out front, safari desert type shorts and a trumpet in his hand. An Australian version … Continue reading

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

by Tony Schwartz author of The Energy Project and Be Excellent at Anything What do these words have in common? “Savor,” “relish,” ” “luxuriate,” “stroll,” “muse,” “dawdle,” “mosey,” “meander,” and “linger?” We rarely use them, because we rarely do them. We don’t have time. We’ve got so much to do, so many balls to juggle, so many miles to go before we sleep. I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I posted the blog “The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time” two weeks ago. It prompted a passionate outpouring of comments from people feeling overwhelmed by the relentless demands in their lives, and the sense that there’s no way out. We’re all wired up, but we’re melting down. We’re dancing as fast as we can. Stroll? Mosey? Linger? That’s what slackers do. I’m not suggesting this is a new phenomenon. “More, bigger, faster” has been the rallying cry of capitalism for more than two centuries, since the advent of the industrial revolution. I first wrote about this subject 25 years ago in an article for Vanity Fair titled “Acceleration Syndrome: How Life Got Much, Much Too Fast.” Even then it was before anyone had cell phones or an email address, and before Google, Facebook, texting, and tweeting existed. But the acceleration has accelerated — crazily so. The speed of our digital devices now sets our pace and increasingly runs our lives. Any doubt? See if you can turn off your email for a day, or even for … Continue reading

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