Executive Coaching for Subordinates

Are you a business owner thinking about whether coaching might improve the performance of your COO or another key executive?  My answer is, “Yes,” in most cases, but only if the CEO is being coached. I’ve learned the hard way over the years that I can have a major, enduring impact with a COO or other direct report only when I am also coaching the CEO. I believe this is generally the case with true executive coaches.1

Any growth or development on the part of a subordinate that is not shared by the boss is likely to have two unwanted effects. First, the boss’s unchanged behavior will undermine and thwart the direct report’s new behavior. Second, the developing key executive will either abandon the changes or judge the boss to be the bigger problem and leave. As one blunt coach said to a prospect, “If I fix your VP without you moving in the same direction, you will become the problem.”

If your COO needs only “management training” there are plenty of less costly ways to get it. Start with the basic books, for example, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People, Ken Blanchard’s One Minute Manager, almost anything by Peter Drucker, starting with Management, and the classic by Bill Oncken Who’s Got the Monkey? (free download)

Stay away from inspiring stores of genius leaders such as Steve Jobs, Harold Geneen, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, etc. They are unique, lucky, and extraordinarily difficult to work with. They certainly were not copying anyone. Anyone attempting to copy them is likely to cause disasters both financial and personal.

These recommendations for management training, as with executive coaching, require the ultimate leader and influencer (you, the CEO/Owner) to learn and practice the same techniques.

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1 I say true executive coaches because, these days, every consultant, trainer, and even many salespeople now call themselves coaches. That’s a topic for another post.

Physical Distancing is Not a Guarantee ☣ SARS-Cov-2:

Physical Distancing is Not a Guarantee ☣ SARS-Cov-2:

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WHO & CDC recommendations for physical distancing A/K/A social distancing do not fully protect bystanders from a sneezing person who carries a viral infection, presumably including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Stay home!

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JAMA Insights
March 26, 2020
Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions
Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19

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Good luck, get plenty of sleep, & WASH YOUR HANDS!

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COVID-19: Don’t Panic & Don’t Be Passive ☣ Prepare Your Business Now

COVID-19: Don’t Panic & Don’t Be Passive ☣ Prepare Your Business Now

What you need most right now and for the coming weeks isn’t alcohol wipes or N-95 masks. It is reliable information. The difficulties of obtaining it are examined thoroughly and frightfully here, in a broadcast from WNYC, On the Media | Covering a Pandemic: Epidemic Voyeurs No More

My top 3 recommendations.

#1: Rely on information directly from scientists and medical specialists.
Here are reliable sources:

#2: Get Ready NOW! (more…)

Coronavirus COVID-19: Protect Yourself & Others

Coronavirus COVID-19: Protect Yourself & Others

Basic Protective Measures

  • Maintain 4-6 feet of Physical Distance. Stay Socially Close.
  • Avoid touching your face: eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are tired, nauseated, feverish, or coughing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with clean tissue or sleeve.
  • Clean knobs, handles, & switches daily.
  • Wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not share towels. Label your own. Wash it every other day.
  • Replace shared towels with disposables.
  • Use only hand sanitizers with 60% or more alcohol.

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