June 28, 2014 by Elaine Suess
Devin Mesoraco is a baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. He spends his time behind the plate catching a leather-covered piece of rubber. Sometimes it comes at him moving just a tad more than 100 mph. I have some insight into catching a ball hurling through space. I was on both sides of the pitcher/catcher equation in fast pitch softball in college. I can assure you, I neither caught nor threw at that velocity!
As a catcher, and at that speed, you have to be ready for anything.
Even though the catcher gives the signals and expects the pitch to match the signal, that doesn’t always happen. So, you have to align your expectations and understand what’s possible outside of them.
The unexpected also peaks its head in when Devin steps up to the batter’s box. (more…)
Category: Coaching , Leadership , Strengths , Teamwork
January 31, 2013 by Elaine Suess
Recently, I’ve had conversations with business owners and leaders about the challenges they have helping employees solve problems. These conversations led to discussions on the difference between consulting and coaching, and what this means for leaders.
In simplest terms, consultants are often hired to help companies solve problems, and are brought in to provide answers to those problems. Coaches approach problems and challenges in an entirely different way; recognizing that most times, the client or employee already knows the solution but doesn’t see it.
As A Leader, Where Do You Stand?
Most leaders have a choice to make each day.
Consultant or Coach?
Fixer or Developer of People?
Two of the leaders with whom I spoke mentioned recent, specific instances when they acted as Fixers. Employees approached them with problems, and the leaders fixed the problem.
In our conversations, both leaders realized (more…)
Category: Change , Coaching , Communication , Leadership
May 28, 2012 by Elaine Suess
If I were to ask you what four words best describe the reasons people follow leaders, what would you say?
Perhaps, strategic vision? Maybe resilience? What about strengths and emotional intelligence?
Certainly, these are important, but they don’t quite get it, according to Gallup.
Research, Research, Research
As you know, Gallup has been on a quest to research strengths and leadership for many years. They have studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted over 20,000 interviews with leaders and have interviewed more than 10,000 followers across the globe to see exactly why they followed the leaders who were most important to them in their lives.
They asked one key question for the study: (more…)
Category: Coaching , Communication , Leadership , Research , Strengths