1. Are You A Fixer Or A Coach?

    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…)

  2. Why People Follow

    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…)

  3. Stick Your Head Under Water

    June 30, 2011 by Elaine Suess

    I was at Spring Grove cemetery the other day – a common stopping point for me. It’s beautiful, quiet and my character strength of curiosity is always in full swing there.

    I had just finished a short run, and as I was standing by the water, a couple of ducks snuck up behind me. There was no clucking or quacking, but the white duck started looking for something to eat in the green muck. As it searched, (more…)

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