How to be the best leader your direct reports ever had!

By |April 20th, 2017|

Got your attention?  OK let’s first acknowledge that being the best leader your direct reports ever had may not be too difficult.  In practice, the bar on leadership could be set higher, so following the pearls of wisdom imparted below may put you way on the top of the list.  Even if you have some […]

Coaching Technical Leaders: A two-step approach to improving collaboration and leadership skills

By |March 4th, 2017|

Over the past several years, while working with hedge funds and banks, I have coached a number of leaders engaged in highly technical work. They work in complex areas such as quantitative research, electronic trading, and software development. Recently, I reviewed 22 coaching assignments with this population and this is the first of several articles describing […]

Professional New Year Resolutions that work

By |January 1st, 2017|

Well it is January again, time for New Year resolutions. A time honored tradition that stems from our instinctive desire to improve ourselves. Problem is that resolutions often do not result in any real change. So here are some pointers for setting some professional resolutions that will result in positive change:

Focus on what you […]

Common assessment mistakes and how to avoid them

By |August 4th, 2016|

People want easy solutions, especially to important and complex problems. So we look for the one exercise that will significantly change our bodies or the miracle diet that will take off that excess weight.  Easy solutions, like “planking” or “South Beach diet”, are fine as long as the problem isn’t too complex.

Very often, executive pre-hire […]

A Four-Dimension Model for Group Leadership Assessment & Due Diligence

By |May 16th, 2016|

When asked what I do for a living, after resisting the urge to adopt an outlandishly exciting persona, I say that I help people and groups.  While I love my individual coaching work, I always get very excited when a client asks for help evaluating and addressing group-level issues.  It is fun and interesting work.  […]

Coaching the reluctant leader: Transitioning executers into expanded leadership roles

By |May 4th, 2016|

Many of the individuals I coach are primarily executers who have obtained leadership positions through excelling in their respective disciplines. Professions which fall into this category include investment bankers, traders, lawyers, doctors, scientists and technologists. Often, it is as veterans that they are advanced into leadership roles requiring new responsibilities in areas that they have […]