December 11, 2018

Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, urged us to "start with the end in mind".  When having a high performance conversation, you really need to understand what it is that the other person is trying to achieve - even if, at first, they seem...

December 4, 2018

Let' face it.  Most human beings are a bit lazy.  Unless there's a bit of urgency or some tension, there are a million other things demanding our attention.  If the most complex thing you did today was cross the street, you probably don't have a great sense of achievem...

November 23, 2018

We had exceptional coach and author John Blakey join our Vistage group meeting in November to help members develop their coaching skills.  He uses his FACTS model to describe coaching.   FACTS stands for:

  • Feedback

  • Accountability

  • Courage...

August 16, 2018

Continuing our short series about Courageous Conversations, I asked Vistage speaker Janet Tarasofsky how I should prepare myself, to get in the right frame of mind.

Her message:

  • Figure out what's holding you back.  What are you afraid of?

  • Give it a name

  • Loo...

August 1, 2018

We've all got one.  We know we need to have a conversation with someone about something important. But we don't.  We put it off and avoid the inevitable.

I don't want to upset them

Maybe I'm wrong

Now is not the right time

I need more information

I don't know how to st...

May 30, 2018

When you're the boss, everyone is looking at you for direction and to tell them what to do.  However, this puts a lot of pressure on you and it assumes that you're the smartest, most experienced person in the room.  In the 21st century, that's a big ask!  Your experien...

May 28, 2018

Floyd Woodrow joined the British Army straight out of school and then became as one of the youngest soldiers ever to be selected to join the SAS Regiment, at age 22.  Since leaving the Army, Floyd works as a business consultant and runs a number of companies, while als...

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