Coaching your team well is a hallmark of leadership excellence. As a leader, you’re responsible for equipping your people to think differently, meet great challenges and ultimately succeed. But their success will be a hollow victory if they never take ownership of their own development.

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Trust might be one of those touchy-feely emotions that takes a back seat in the headlines to things like risk-taking and creativity — and yet trust is what makes a well-run team work together so beautifully.

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Quick – what’s more valuable: the ability to juggle conflicting priorities or the confidence to seize a new opportunity? While the question can be debated from every angle, in reality the answer depends on the individual. That’s why business coaching that creates deep, lasting growth must start from a place of empathy.

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Stress is difficult to define because it is such a looming emotion. This state of mental tension is an equal opportunity attacker and it can strike an employee at any level of a company to different degrees. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans experience extreme stress, including shaking, heart palpitations and depression, according to The American Institute of Stress. But even the most subtle representations of stress can have a severe impact on productivity.

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It’s a lesson oft repeated: “The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work,” said James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney retail chain. Sure, you can hold onto every role and wear every hat in your small business—but doing so severely limits how much that business can grow. Small-business coaching can help leaders effectively delegate. Here are five ways to strengthen this skill so your small business can soar:

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Sixty-six percent of small business owners plan to grow their business in the next five years, according to the 2015 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Major growth can be a time of great excitement at a company of any size, but it can also usher in a period of tumult for business leaders and employees. Protocols that once fit the organization might no longer work or need to be wholly re-envisioned, the talent pool may be over-stretched or expanding rapidly and feeling disjointed, and strategies that were first created when the company was smaller could prove themselves to be anything but one size fits it.
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Google famously allows employees to devote 20 percent of their workweek to pursuing their own creative projects and endeavors. Some of these unstructured hours have yielded new tools and apps that are now used by millions (Google Maps is but one example). Yet encouraging creativity and leadership development in your coworkers can have real benefits – whether their results are sellable or not. (more…)

The standard business advice to seize every opportunity contains a fatal flaw: It assumes that opportunity will just present itself at some point, and you can passively wait for it to arise. But some of the best and boldest business minds know real opportunities are made, not merely grabbed at.

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Small-business owners are the heart and soul of their enterprises. Their actions and outlook directly impact those of their employees and customers. An efficient, confident business owner leads to a more successful small business. When these leaders feel like they’ve done everything in their power to build up their companies and are ready to take their careers to the next level, it’s time to invest in a small-business coach.

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How do I standout in today’s marketplace? It’s a fair question and the answer may be found in your strategy. Times & tools have changed, but when serving your clients, the song remains the same: Can Your Business Find You?

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3 Ways to Deal with Change

While the past year may have amplified it, the amount of change and uncertainty surrounding us has been steadily increasing for quite some time now. In fact, as soon as we get comfortable with something, it seems to inevitably change again. One thing we can count on not changing anytime soon is this amount and… Read More

Getting Along With Others [Video]

Learning to walk in someone else’s shoes or seeing things from their perspective can go a long way in generating harmony between people. However, like many things worth doing, it’s often easier said than done. Executive Coach Todd Mosetter shares one simple way to help change what you think and feel about those around you.

Top Five Productivity Myths

With the amount of information, distractions, and change surrounding us today, staying productive and focused is harder than it’s ever been. But for the people and organizations that have been able to figure it out, it has quickly become a competitive advantage. For the rest of us, it seems like a never-ending cycle of success… Read More

How to get things done [Video]

A common question our coaches get is—“How do I move from ‘I want to get this done’ to ‘I got this done?’” Coach Bill Hart walks you through an easy strategy to help you tackle and complete items on your list. It’s so simple and effective that you can start today!

Lessons from a Push-Up Challenge

A couple of years ago, Ken Perry shared a challenge he was undertaking. One push-up a day—add a push-up per day. As a bit of a competitive person at heart, it didn’t take long for me to accept the challenge myself. Sounded simple enough, especially in January. To be honest, it almost felt weird doing just one… Read More

Time to Reflect

Growing up as a TV fan in the ‘80s, I was forced to get comfortable with waiting. When my favorite show ended on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (like this one or this one), we were forced to wait 7 long days to see what happened next to the characters we loved. In that forced hiatus,… Read More