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Lean on Me: Partnering to Help Leaders Keep Pace

October 17, 2016

This week, my writing colleague Louise Campbell interviewed my coaching colleague, Tim Edris of the Emerging Leaders Institute, to get his view on leadership and how it is evolving.   “What got you here won’t get you there,” was coined by business leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith to underscore how leaders need to regularly update the way they lead to keep…

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Signaling a Lane Change

October 3, 2016

You’re driving on a fast highway and a car swerves into your lane without any notice.  Your reaction might range from a gentle head shake (tsk, tsk) to jamming on the brakes to ending up in a car crash if you don’t have enough time to react. Signaling a lane change is the law on our roads. Bad things can…

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A Business-run Family

September 3, 2016

In my business, our direction and priorities for the next year are quite clear. We know what we need to do to execute on our plan and commitments.  And we don’t know what we don’t know so we go forward with openness to learning as we go. I find myself longing for a similar framework for my tiny family of…

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Tips to Transition into a Management Role

February 14, 2012

Promote Yourself to Manager When you are promoted into a management position there are some important considerations to set yourself up for success. The first is to promote yourself to manager. It may seem simple but it’s important to figure out what you were good at before and let that go. The winning strategies that had you succeed before are…

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Stay true and authentic to win new business | Chandler Coaches, Ltd

4 Tips to Win New Work

February 14, 2012

To many professional service providers, the concept of finding new clients and winning work is intimidating. Even the very term “business development (BD)” strikes terror in the hearts of some professionals. Among my coaching clients, the fear often comes from a mistaken assumption that to succeed in BD one has to be an aggressive salesperson.  This couldn’t be less true.…

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Mix of Business and Pleasure is Music to Your Ears

October 22, 2010

Last night I hosted an intimate and communal experience at my house. Almost 20 people partook and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time.  Before you go too far in imagining what I am describing, let me stop you in your tracks.  The event last night was a house concert and the artist was Nova Scotia singer/ songwriter Ian Sherwood.…

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Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life

February 8, 2010

I am just back from a weekend in Toronto with my dear friend and business partner Tanya (hereto forward known as Tanya with no preamble about how we are both best friends and business partners!).  The working weekend was set up about a week ago when we recognized that some face time was our answer to busting through the Seth Godin style…

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Business Creativity and Innovation Thanks to Mr. Potato Head (and Frosty)

January 7, 2010

According to Hasbro: The three newest members of the MR. POTATO HEAD family offer tons of imaginative fun for playful toddlers. The charming PRINCESS SWEET POTATO figure comes complete with tiara and frog prince for royal adventures, and FRYER FIGHTER tater is ready to squelch flames with his handy fire extinguisher.  Swashbuckling spud CAPTAIN POTATO CHIPS figurine has a peg leg,…

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2009- What I am most proud of

January 1, 2010

2009 was a challening year for me on many fronts. About 3 weeks ago I sat down to do my own year-end questionnaire to complete the year (a tool I share with my coaching clients).  On first pass, I felt depressed and eager for the year to be done.  However, a few conversations and “reframes” later with ardent and supportive friends had me seeing things from a different perspective.…

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Coach Buffet: A Satisfying Soup

October 16, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Soup is your metaphor for the week, Cancerian.  Symbolically speaking, it’s the key to your personal power and a model for the approach you should take in everything you do. On the most basic level, you might want to eat some soup every day.  That will make potent suggestions to your subconscious mind about how to…

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