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How Could They Have Been So Stupid?

Vivid EpiphanyWe’ve all witnessed debacles in decision-making, decisions so bad that we on the outside knew at first blush how bad they would turn out to be the second we saw them.  I’ve always been curious about those kinds of decisions, the one’s where we all knew better, and yet the people making them thought it was a good idea.  (I’m also curious about the converse of that, the one’s that no one thought was a good idea that turned out to be world changing like the iPad. And, we’re not talking about that today.)  Recently, I’ve studied critical decision-making and the latest neuroscience in much more depth so that I can upgrade our Improve Performance NOW!™ Executive Leadership program for 2012, and I can’t resist sharing some of the juicier observations.

Leadership Development: Using Your EQ to Avoid Unnecessary Conflict

Leadership Development, DFW, Executive Coach, Carolann Jacobs, Improve Performance NOW!

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My leadership development clients hear me say this so often, they say it for me before I can get the words out of my mouth, “I hear that you feel very strongly about that… what value did that person step on?”

Many times, we have our ideas of right and wrong, fair and not fair, and (oh my goodness!) they may not match someone else’s.  Does that make us absolutely right?

Leadership Development Gaps Derail Organizations and Careers

What happens when you or your organization have gaps in leadership development? Study after study shows that employees go the extra mile for managers who are highly effective leaders. What makes an effective leader? Read the rest of this entry »

Escape the Drama Triangle

Have you guys ever noticed how a lot of what I yap about here on the blog about business really translates back to life?  If you haven’t noticed, then I want to highlight the point today.

One of the books on my shelf is The Power of TED (again, thank you Ken Abrams for turning me onto that), which is where I first learned of “The Dreaded Drama Triangle.”  As a human effectiveness expert, the description of the drama triangle quoted from their book’s website made perfect sense to me:

Want to Learn Some Career Limiting Moves? Do the McChrystal

In leadership coaching and consulting, I work with the best and the brightest, successful people.  In the process, I hear many protestations about  ”not wanting to play politics.”  I get it.  I didn’t want to participate in that, either.  (In fact, most women don’t.)  Truth be told, most people avoid politics because they don’t understand the rules.  There is a distinction between making the choice to be ignorant and all of the choice points that come with knowing the rules of the game and making decisions accordingly.  Yes?

Dear Beyonce…Just Turn The Phone Off!

One of the side effects of incorporating Principle #1 of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles is that I have become acutely aware of how our culture influences us to abdicate our accountability and responsibility, most especially what’s being played on the radio.

Bad Bosses… We’re Calling You Out By Name!

I’ve been talking about the topic of bad bosses on my segment of the CelebrityU Radio/TV show, and I am also going to feature it on the blog as a series.  If you’d like to see/hear part of this segment, check it out here:
Carolann talking about bad bosses on CelebrityU Radio/TV

You Don’t Have to Leave the Cubicle

There’s been a lot of hype lately around escaping the cubicle. It isn’t for everyone. For many, it isn’t realistic considering their current resources, and for some people, going out on their own would be downright irresponsible.

Many of the people who call me looking for coaching services are miserable in their jobs, have been for a while. They’re fed up and burned out. They want to quit.

Giving up “Because”, Keeping the F-Bomb

Many of you may know that I am on the path to earn my Master Trainer’s Certification in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with NLP, it is model which explains how we process information that comes to us from the outside (and our internal Negative Nelly).  As both an ever evolving person and as a practitioner, I am working on being more deliberate with my use of language.

Creating an Inspired Workplace: Putting Everyone on the In-Team

Ever had that experience in which you brought up a really good idea and the group or leader ignored it, only to have someone else bring up that exact same idea and the group met it with excitement?

Turns out, new research has shown that the brain hears things differently based on whether the person saying them is in the “in” group” or the  “out” group.

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