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The Surprising Benefits of Conflict

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Many people dread conflict and actively avoid situations that might be conflict prone. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible if you want to be successful at work. Fortunately, there are some surprising benefits of conflict. Think of a time you got into an argument with a romantic partner. Remember how the conflict was horrible while you were in the middle of it. But once you resolved […]

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Authenticity

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You might wonder what authenticity has to do with starting or growing a business? Authenticity creates trust. And investors have to trust you to give you money. Employees have to trust you to even hire on in the first place and then follow your lead. It will probably even be hard to get started if people don’t trust you. Would […]

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The Fish Starts Thinking From the Head

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  What does that mean? Take a look at this brief interview clip as Christian Rommel, former CSO, Intellikine uses this German phrase to describe the value of leadership development. Enjoy!           Be sure to view all of my interviews with Christian for candid, leadership insight. Leading From Center Profiles in Leadership Success – Executive Coaching […]

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People Skills: Required for Growth.

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Now lots of you in the startup world have a high IQ. And yes. Being really smart helps a lot, especially when you’re starting a business. IQ is not enough though, to grow a business. What’s essential for growing a business is emotional intelligence. Growth requires managing relationships – Board, investors, team. It requires handling conflict, sometimes nasty ones. It […]

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Executive Coaching: Creativity in Disguise

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Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle featured an article about Stanford Professor Tina Seelig. Professor Seelig, a 30 year engineering prof and Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program is a creativity guru. Not only does she teach a class on Creativity and Innovation at the “d school” (Stanford’s Design School), she has delivered that class free online to 41,000 […]

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Get A Coach!

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This Inc article by Brian Evje discusses how difficult it is to develop your leadership capacity by yourself. Virtually every high level leader has a coach these days. Not just because it’s a fad but because a neutral, outside view is required to identify the blind spots it is so difficult for us to see ourselves. This same neutral party […]

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Collaboration in the Workplace-We Practice What We Preach

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Guest Blog by Susan Lightner, COO, Leading From Center It’s difficult enough to get a job these days and then, when you do, you are now dealing with different personalities, styles and strengths in your co-workers.  Taking time to learn how others work and in what areas they excel, then blending your strengths with theirs makes for a collaborative workplace. […]

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Three Ways To Spot A Leadership Problem

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Despite your seat at the table as an investor or board member, you have a rather limited view into the workings of your growth company. Sure, you meet regularly with the executive team, review its reports, and crunch through its numbers – but you have virtually no idea what it’s like to work with them, or for them, on a […]

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Better than the Golden Rule

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The Golden Rule suggests that “treating others as you want to be treated” is the best way to operate as a human being and thus, as a successful businessperson. And yes, it’s much better than treating others as “less than” yourself. Being demanding, rude, inconsiderate, pompous, condescending or less than polite certainly won’t make you any friends or encourage others […]

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Mavericks, Gamblers and CEOs

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Guest post by LFC coach Mary Ann Rettig-Zucchi   By their very nature, most entrepreneurs are mavericks and gamblers at heart. They are drawn to the promise and possibility of creating something new. Undaunted by the inherent risk and uncertainty, they would rather strike out on their own uncharted path than follow a well-worn one in an established organization replete […]

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