The Executive’s Network: Building our Peer Group from Previous Organizations or Affiliations

Peers with whom we’ve previously worked, attended school, or worked toward a common purpose can be valuable members of our network.  Our shared history provides a common ground and a known resource for information, references, and referrals. Since we’re no longer in the same organization, and in some cases, not even in the same geographical […]

Finding Balance and Focus – Negotiating Change to Our Personal and Professional Commitments

The proportion of time and focus needed by our professional and personal lives changes over time, whether it is due to a sentinel event, such as a promotion, the season, an addition to our family, or something unexpected such as an illness. Often we try to continue to meet the commitments they made, while trying […]

Achieving the Stated Purpose and Driving Results

We all know the tools and practices that, when used, make meetings effective; however, when we’re meeting with the same people day after day and year after year, the overhead associated with preparing for and following up on every meeting can feel like wasted time. However, as someone who’s made a living coaching executive teams […]

Establishing the Right Meeting Order and Times

The order and times of our recurring meetings is as important as the content of our meetings. A client I was working with had a meeting every morning with the senior people responsible for completing a complex software project.  The workday began at 7:00 AM so the meeting was scheduled for 8:00 to give the […]

Leveraging Fortune 500 Meeting Behaviors

I’ve heard it said that most of an executive’s work is done in meetings.  In fact, many executives I’ve worked with spend the preponderance of their day in meetings, leaving little time for anything else. Because so much time is spent in meetings, making the concerted effort to ensure we have effective meeting practices in […]