12 Criteria For Executive Presence

As much as earlier writers would have you believe, executive presence has not much to do with skills, tools, and techniques. Executive Presence has to do with leaders’ relationships and particularly their capacity to choose their responses in stressful situations. This results in a clear flow of feelings between the leader and those around them. When your relationships remain strong the genuine you is present and you can connect easily with others. People will be drawn to you and will...

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From Silos To Collaboration

How do leaders shift from silos to collaboration? What does that look like? What are the main levers? Why would you want to do this anyway? I’m often asked to help teams shift from operating in their distinctive business groups to being a collaborative team. Some of the underlying signals for silos are:    Everyone takes their problems to the leader, and the leader becomes mired in the details Work doubles up as teams replicate services they can’t access within the...

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What Causes Emotional Turmoil In Organisations?

When leaders make decisions that cut across your values, you are likely to have reactive emotional responses; anger, disbelief, disappointment, sorrow, outrage. If you value social unity, inclusion, and transparency and a leader’s actions generate divisiveness, exclusion and the thinking behind their decisions appears absent, you are likely to react with the flight, fight or freeze response. When this occurs, curiosity and engagement are lost. A division between you and the leader is created. When this occurs, being critical is...

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