Posts Tagged: executive coach

Core Values, Intolerables and a Public Hanging

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

I’ve been an executive coach for almost 15 years and one of the things that surprises me most about working with the leaders of small and midsized businesses is how reluctant many of them are to focus on the soft stuff. I’m referring to mission, vision and values, and the Stephen Covey quote proclaiming that, “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.” When it’s time to stand in front of their…

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Think You’re Talented? Who Knows Best?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries is the executive coach I admire most. He’s a highly successful executive coach and a really smart guy. In addition to having an MBA and DBA from Harvard, he’s a certified psychoanalyst and the Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD, the international business school in Fontainebleau, France. He’s also founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre. One of his interests…

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What Makes You Flinch?

Monday, March 16th, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

As an executive coach, I’m hired to help my clients see what they’re overlooking, ignoring or refusing to acknowledge. Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for new tools—questions, stories, assessments and exercises to help me accomplish my mission. Apparently, the need to do this well is deeply rooted in how I am wired. Years ago, when I did the StrengthsFinder assessment, one of my strengths was “maximizer.” This is what…

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