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Is It Worth It? The Value of Executive Training in Hard Times

Reprinted from The Economist Global Executive September 5, 2003 The executive looking for training this autumn faces something of a dilemma. On the one hand, managing can look particularly difficult in an uncertain recovery, especially as global businesses prove more vulnerable to all sorts of political and economic setbacks. On the other, many companies are + more


Condensed from a white paper for Lucent Technologies ‘Empowerment’ is an often misunderstood and abused buzzword. A lack of empowerment has frequently been used as a sweeping justification for all kinds of organizational problems. Likewise, people generally speak of being empowered as a universal solution—the pathway to the promised land. In the best examples, teams + more

Empowering Others in Action

As a context, coaching is a stand for another’s or a team’s commitments within a committed relationship. As a process, coaching involves dialogue to show ‘new’ possibilities and practices. <p >As a result, coaching occurs in the inspired action of the coachee(s) and their results<ul > Long-term Self-correcting Self-generating <p >A coach listens for possibility, + more

Eldering: Wisdom in Action

<p >“This is the true joy in life: the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world + more

Effective Listening

Listening is much more than just hearing words or reading body language. We now have the ability to communicate more frequently with more people than ever before. And yet, there is something missing. Something that could help us avoid misunderstandings, resolve conflicts, build trust and increase our effectiveness as leaders. That something is the art + more

Conversations for No Possibility

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” —Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil (1859) “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to + more

Commitment and Change

  “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is + more

Coaching: Buzzword or Breakthrough?

In the 10 years since publication of “Coaching and the Art of Management”, there has been an explosion of interest and practices related to what some believe is emerging as a “new paradigm”. My colleagues have asked me to reflect on what I have observed about coaching in past few years and speak to what + more

Coaching and Ethics

IS THIS ARTICLE FOR YOU? This article is written for three important audiences. First and foremost, the article speaks to professional leaders and coaches, whether you work within organizations or as practitioners providing coaching services on a temporary or contractual basis. Second, it is for those who are new coaches, those on a development track + more

Commentary on ‘Coaching and the Art of Management’

In which coaching is considered as the ‘Heart of the Practice of Management’ WHAT IS MANAGEMENT? Follett: “Management is the art of getting things done through people.” Koontz and O’Donnell: “Art is the most creative of all human pursuits…. Managing is the most important of all the arts. The most productive art is always based + more