Hard Money Bankers presents, Moving from What is Necessary to What is Possible, a conversation with Executive Coach to Business Owners Tony Mayo about the power of goal setting. Includes a link to a free goal setting workbook and audio guide.
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.
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.
Before you reduce the size of your workforce with furloughs or layoffs consider reducing hours per employee. Some states are offering “Work Share” unemployment benefits. If employee hours and pay are reduced, for example, by 25%, employees may be eligible for 25% unemployment benefits. This lets the (more…)
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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.
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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!
You are NOT different.
You CAN make a difference.
To be human is to wonder, “Why?” We are addicted to cause and effect, to explanations and understanding, to discovering sequences of events, to bolstering our illusions of control.
- Control of our thoughts.
- Control of our bodies.
- Control of our diseases.
For as long as I can remember, everyone greeted news of (more…)
A client recently reminded me of this suddenly very relevant Tweet I sent years ago.
I recommend this excellent, free webinar, Would Your Business Survive a Coronavirus Outbreak? Watch and listen to the 47-minute video by clicking here. Yes, it has 1.5 and double speed options. A condensed PDF of her slides is here: http://tiny.cc/HR4VIRUS No fee, no registration.
One key slide is:
One key takeaway: Check to see if (more…)
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…)
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.