Coaching the New Hire

Companies will often hire a business coach for long-term employees in order to prepare them for their next challenges within the organization. Fewer organizations consider coaching recent hires, even though it’s an optimal time to engage a coach’s skills. Joining a new company is a high-stress time for most people. A new company has a […]

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Lessons from The Lego Movie

The LEGO Movie is a delight for kids but it is equally delightful for adults (unless you like a lot of screaming in the background; try to see it in one of those 18+ mini-theatres where they show opera simulcasts and serve beer at your seat.) For all of the post-modernists in the room, it’s […]

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From Chump to Chimp to Champ

by Larry Chester “The best possible decision requires better information, more creative solutions, and better evaluation (costs/benefits/risks) of the alternatives against our objectives. Buy-in depends on the involvement, participation and engagement of the team—the more, the better.” Click From Chump to Chimp to Champ  to access  the full article.

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Middle Leadership

John Kotter has focused much of his career on distinguishing between leadership and management. He wrote a terrific piece for HBR in January that talked about how people are still using the two terms interchangeably. If people do differentiate between leaders and managers, it tends to be along hierarchical lines: leaders are the folks at […]

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Engage the Fox: Preview

“I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.” – Napoleon. Napoleon was right. Sometimes you need to be a fox. Hedgehog has been the publisher of The Toad Hollow Gazette for the past 18 months. The role has […]

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