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I hope the conversations that take place on my blog will be deep, constructive and thought provoking. To ensure the quality of any discussion, I will review all comments and may edit them for clarity, length and relevance. Comments that are overly promotional, mean-spirited or off-topic may be deleted. All postings become the property of Beaton Executive Coaching.

Getting from good to great

Margaret Beaton

Getting from good to great explains why and how to super-charge your career success. Most of us will remember the story of the hedgehog and the fox as a metaphor for how to succeed in business. This post shares my experience in applying the secret of the hedgehog’s success to your career.

 

There’s no paradox in being humble

Margaret Beaton

Today I explain why there’s no paradox in being humble and I share my insights on why being humble is so important to you as a leader. This is particularly true with the challenges leaders face today. And especially when it comes to taking people with you in times of uncertainty, rapid change and stringency. … [Read More]

 

Your leadership purpose

Margaret Beaton

In blogging about your leadership purpose, I declare I am a fan of Bill George’s well-known book True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, first published in 2007 (pictured). While I agree with George that strong values, personal integrity and a strong sense of self are fundamental to effective leadership, in my view these traits are … [Read More]

 

Insights from the past year

Margaret Beaton

Insights from the past year comes with my best wishes to all readers of Letting Go. Stepping Up. I’ve selected these insights from posts of the past year to highlight my clients’ opportunities and challenges.

 

Overcoming your fear of failure

Margaret Beaton

Overcoming your fear of failure is the sequel to my earlier post on fear of failure. Overcoming your fear of failure is not easy, but it can be done, especially if you are determined to take your personal and professional development to the next level. There is no magic pill that will prevent fear of … [Read More]

 

Fear of failure

Margaret Beaton

Fear of failure is pervasive. It affects everyone to varying degrees and in different ways. While most of us recognise our fear, few of us understand just how limiting this fear can be, or what we can do to prevent and overcome its adverse effects. This post on fear of failure is in two parts. … [Read More]

 

Thank you for the feedback

Margaret Beaton

Thank you for the feedback is written to help you get a good deal more from the feedback you receive. It’s a well-known saying that bread is the staff of life. I say feedback is as important to psychological and social wellbeing, as good bread is to nutritional and physical health. To be useful, bread … [Read More]

 

Confirmation bias clouds our judgment

Margaret Beaton

Confirmation bias is the well-known tendency to selectively attend to information that will reinforce pre-existing beliefs or ideas while ignoring good evidence to the contrary. As Warren Buffet says ‘What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact’.

 

Influence without authority

Margaret Beaton

A leader’s ability to influence without authority – in the traditional sense – is rapidly becoming a hallmark of the new era in the world of work. A client recently captured the challenge of having to influence others without authority when she said: “Can you teach me how to hold someone accountable who does not report to … [Read More]

 

Sequel to never good enough

Margaret Beaton

A year ago, my ‘Never good enough’ post struck a nerve with readers of this blog and my LinkedIn page. Many readers identified strongly with the dilemma of perfectionism: On the one hand striving for excellence, and on the other, falling prey to the perils of expecting yourself to be flawless all the time. Recently … [Read More]