Tag: Performance

[Coaching Tips] It’s the New Year: Now What?

Like sprinters accelerating after the blast of a starter’s gun, this week marks for some a rush to get things going toward a new job, a new employer, and/or a new career. The New York Times, for example, has a piece yesterday called Getting Back in Shape for the Job Chase. There is a reason […]

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4 Simple To-Do’s to Give You a Great Start to 2010

This is my favorite time at the office. Phones are slow, emails are fewer and less urgent, people many times are away, and most everyone runs to a slower cadence than usual. Unless you’re in retail, the temptation is to also slow down (I”m all for that) and get little done (no way – heck […]

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[Life Back West] December 2009 – The Darkest Days

In earlier times, people in the northern hemisphere marked the winter solstice – the time of the year when daylight for the hemisphere is at its shortest – with rites and rituals. Even today those traditions live on with things like the California Revels and their event productions held in Oakland. This time of year […]

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[Coaching Tips] “This Never Happens to Me”

Good business coaches use of host of tools and skills working with executives and teams: how they use those tools, and the robustness and effectiveness of the tools themselves is what separates coaches that are great and highly effective from those that are ho-hum and well, pretty ordinary. One of those skills is the ability […]

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[When in Doubt] Cliched Employee Performance Phrases

The best way to do any employee’s performance assessments is to do it up front: what are the results to measure, what are the behaviors expected to be evidenced, and what are the milestones / deliverables anticipated along the way?  Assess as you go, adjust as required, and sum up at the end of the […]

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[Life Back West] May 2009 – The Ties that Bind

This Sunday approximately 3,500 people, many of them strangers, will hop on their bicycles or take up their ride support stations and start a 545 journey that will last seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles for AIDS LifeCycle 8 . It’s the 16th such undertaking dating back to the mid-90’s to raise money […]

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Naismith’s Pride: Teamwork Spells Success

First basketball team at the University of Kan...

Basketball, more than any other sport, is the ultimate team experience: nothing else comes close in the way five players must play well together and the lessons for business are endless. Unlike tennis or golf, where the presence of teaming usually invokes an antigen -like response basketball requires that all five players work well together. An unlike soccer or North American football, where a weak player or two can carried (and hidden), players who don’t perform in basketball are as obvious as the naked streaker at a formal wedding.

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