Margaret Beaton’s blog

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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.

Persuading for results

Margaret Beaton

In today’s enterprises truly effective leaders deliver outcomes by persuading for results. Without the ability to persuade, a leader is hamstrung and cannot realise her or his vision where this requires the collective actions of others – direct reports, peers, superiors, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders. Competence in the art of persuasion enables a leader … [Read More]

 

Becoming a strategic leader

Margaret Beaton

The topic of becoming a strategic leader arises with more than a few of my clients who have been advised in performance discussions that they need to become ‘more strategic’ in their style of leadership. Typically, they’re in senior functional or operational roles and are being considered for enterprise-level positions. To respond, they need to … [Read More]

 

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. While the origins … [Read More]

 

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. The virtue of gratitude When was the last time you said thank you to a member of your staff, a service … [Read More]

 

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’. A synonym for confirmation bias is … [Read More]