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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.

Own the room

Margaret Beaton

Own the room explores why and how commanding a strong leadership presence is critical in navigating career transitions effectively. Career progression is always associated with changes in your key audiences. And so success in a new role is heavily dependent on influencing how you are perceived by these audiences.   The phrase owning the room was first used over a century ago to describe someone who drew positive attention to herself socially because of her manner speech and … [Read More]

 

Practising dialogue

Margaret Beaton

In Practising dialogue I examine the role and power of holding a conversation based on dialogue in contrast with a discussion or a debate. It’s through dialogue that people work together to create shared understanding; and thereby harness diversity, collective knowledge and fresh insights to enhance problem-solving and decision-making. Whereas, in discussions and debates the focus is … [Read More]

 

Experience shapes leadership at every level

Margaret Beaton

Today’s post, Experience shapes leadership at every level, explains why growing as a leader requires on-the-job experiences that become progressively more challenging as you transition from one level to the next. Research – and my coaching work with hundreds of clients – show the most effective way to advance your career is through on-the-job experiences that develop your … [Read More]

 

Controlling your emotions

Margaret Beaton

Controlling your emotions is a critical skill for leaders. How well you control your emotions influences your effectiveness as a leader, your personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. This ability is a function of your emotional intelligence (EQ). This post is about how you manage two of the components of EQ: Awareness of your emotions and … [Read More]

 

Personal power through rapport

Margaret Beaton

Does this sound like leaders’ heaven to you? Imagine you are able to negotiate any deal, win arguments and influence people to do what you know needs doing. There’s ample evidence this is possible – the tool is rapport. This post is about the nature and power of rapport and how to build and use rapport … [Read More]

 

Strengths overdone become a weakness

Margaret Beaton

While working with an executive coaching client facing a tricky change management situation, I came across Stop Overdoing Your Strengths, a telling HBR article by Bob Kaplan and Rob Kaiser. Kaplan’s and Kaiser’s messages about the dangers of over-doing your strengths as a leader are enduring, powerful truths. And their practical application helped my client see that the more … [Read More]

 

Revitalise your network

Margaret Beaton

As a leader you need to ask yourself three questions about your network and score of your answers out of 5: [1] How important is the quality of your network to accomplishing your goals, [2] How do you rate the quality of your current network, and [3] How smartly do you work to maximise your network … [Read More]

 

Forgiveness

Margaret Beaton

The ability to forgive is an essential competence for any leader who seeks to make a difference. My post elaborates the situations whereforgiveness is warranted, whythe act of forgiveness is a powerful liberating force, and howto learn to forgive.  Great leaders show us that forgiveness creates a climate where bitterness, retaliation and anger are dissipated, enabling individuals, organisations … [Read More]

 

EQ, not IQ, makes a great leader

Margaret Beaton

Emotional intelligence (EQ), not cognitive intelligence (IQ) differentiates good from great leaders. Vision, toughness, intellectual smarts and determination are essential, but not sufficient, to be a great leader. Studies show that businesses that out-perform comparable others have leaders with all of these attributes andsuperior EQ. This post explains while a high IQ and superior technical … [Read More]

 

Smarter networking

Margaret Beaton

Smarter networking extends the well-known maxim “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  While this is certainly sound advice, it’s incomplete. Having 5,000+ connections on LinkedIn may impress some. Did you know there’s even a name for it in some quarters, LinkedIn envy? Being able to name-drop 50+ big corporate hitters as people … [Read More]