Every week we receive requests to coach a new manager, a leader who has been identified as high potential, or an executive facing a career crisis. It is our job to figure out the gap between expectations and performance or identify the leverage which can take the leader to the next level. Having worked with […]
Imagine someone asking you to write a technical report without the use of a computer. Sure the task can be accomplished, but there’s little argument that it would be far more difficult. That scenario is the equivalent to a person being asked to lead others without having the tool of high emotional intelligence (EQ). What […]
In case you haven’t heard, Brian Williams has had trouble getting the facts straight on one of his personal stories. In a story broken by the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes Williams was informed that he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire and forced down, in fact, “the NBC […]
What Are You Known For? I was flying out of Columbia, SC not long ago and the gate agent announced over the loud speaker: “Jeffrey Black, please see the gate agent at Gate 10.” I was nearby and immediately walked up, and stated, “I’m Jeffrey Black.” And within 10 seconds, the man next to me […]
My staff at Black Sheep has been on me about staying relevant with social media. I’m not writing this blog while kicking and screaming . . . . , well, not much anyway. Kim Madden, a Senior Consultant indirectly proved the point home to me with a recent client of mine – a community hospital […]
Power. A five-letter word with big ramifications. A word full of possibility and hope. An idea so bold it can propel us to do great things. It is also a word many find intimidating. Some find fearful. Surely it describes someone else. Who me . . . powerful? The sheer notion of the concept forces us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, are we willing to embrace it?
We’ve seen it happen more times than not … beauty pageant contestants answering an on-stage question and it doesn’t go well. (Remember Miss SC Teen USA 2008, talking about the lack of maps in U.S. homes!?!)