Bev's Blog

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:08 am

Lately I keep finding myself in conversations about how a surprising number of women aren't moving confidently into leadership within their careers. I've heard some worries from my executive coaching clients, but often the topic has come up at social or business events.

For me it's a puzzle: why is it that so many terrific professional women are still struggling with issues we thought we'd be able to put to rest back in the 80s and 90s?

Mon, Jul 7, 2014 8:19 am

Have you noticed that some people can go from success to success, while others stumble fairly quickly, then seem to spend more time down than up? Of course luck can help, but the people who keep landing on their feet tend to have something in common. The perennial winners don't take success for granted — they keep hustling, even in the good times.

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 8:37 am

What if a headhunter calls today with an interesting job possibility? Can you quickly show that you're an ideal candidate? Or what if a new boss or client has questions about how you've been using your time?

Sometimes new opportunities or unexpected challenges pop up fast. But when you're asked to quickly explain what you've been doing on the job, you might not be prepared to gracefully describe your achievements. Some people even go blank when asked to talk about what they've done lately.

Mon, Jun 9, 2014 10:05 am
As an executive coach, I've noticed that, while leadership styles vary considerably, the best leaders have attributes in common. For example, they all tend to have integrity, strong value systems and a genuine desire to do the right thing.
 
Tue, May 20, 2014 9:01 am

A question I often hear from coaching clients is, "How do I get executive presence?" The question is tricky because "executive presence" isn't easily defined. Sure, there's widespread agreement that leaders need it and great leaders have it. But it's not so simple to deconstruct the elements.

Your definition may be based on a leader you actually know, who has great presence.  Someone who exudes confidence and energy, and who attracts other people like a magnet.

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