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  • The Importance of Executive Personal Branding. From the Change Agents at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights

Defining Your Personal Brand at the Executive Level

By |July 12th, 2019|

Personal Branding at the executive level is impactful for both the executive and the organization. The value to the organization is shortening the process to match an executive to the right position where they will thrive and drive results quickly. Conversely, executives who propagate their brand will be offered positions where they will have a higher chance of succeeding and have an accelerated path to connecting with the teams under them.

Executive personal brands reflect who you are at the level (title or leadership phase) you […]

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  • Three Leadership Themes of 2019 Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights #kineticinsights #executiveleadership #executivecoaching #columbusohio
  • Three Leadership Themes of 2019 Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights #kineticinsights #executiveleadership #executivecoaching #columbusohio
  • Three Leadership Themes of 2019 Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights #kineticinsights #executiveleadership #executivecoaching #columbusohio

Three Leadership Themes of 2019

By |May 20th, 2019|

Control and Command leadership is being replaced by emotionally intelligent leaders who value input and commitment.

Leaders and employees are human.  If you are looking for more efficiency, innovation or productive ownership of organizational strategy then bring your whole self to work in new ways.  Demonstrate and build a foundation of trust and influence to get more of the right things accomplished through commitment and true ownership at more levels in the organization. 5 out of 6 of the books above talk about leaders who demonstrate […]

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  • Will Your Team Follow You? Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights #kineticinsights #executiveleadership #executivecoaching #columbusohio
  • Will Your Team Follow You? Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights #kineticinsights #executiveleadership #executivecoaching #columbusohio

Will your team follow you?

By |April 3rd, 2019|

Will your team follow you?

An organization’s many stakeholders value strong decisive leadership.  We see the decisive leader as someone who gets things done and makes things happen. However, there are times when there is a disconnect between the leader and the team they are leading.   The leader feels they are being clear in the direction and that everyone is proceeding forward toward the same goal.  In reality, the team is perplexed and uncertain as to what is actually going on.

Unrest is building and less and […]

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  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and It's Impact on Coaching. By the Change Agent at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and It's Impact on Coaching. By the Change Agent at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and it's Impact on Coaching. Brought to you by the Change Agent at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights

The Fourth Industrial Revolution & Its Impact on Coaching

By |March 26th, 2019|

The Fourth Industrial Revolution & Its Impact on Coaching

The 1st industrial revolution was when we began using water and steam-powered mechanized production. The 2nd was when electrical power created mass production.  The 3rd was when electronics and information technology was used to automate production.  And now the 4th is a fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres.

But what does that really mean for us?

This fusion allows massive amounts of data to be available to us than ever before.  […]

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  • Cure Your Blind Spots to Expand Your Capacity. #kineticinsights
  • Cure Your Blind Spots to Expand Your Capacity. Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights

Cure Your Blind Spots to Expand Your Capacity

By |February 28th, 2019|

Weaknesses are traits or behaviors that, because we’re aware of them, we can choose to strengthen or not. In contrast. blind spots are, by nature, an obstructed view – invisible to us. Because we’re not even aware of them, we are also not aware of how they shape our thinking, trigger emotions, and direct our behaviors.

How Do You Cure Your Blind Spots?

Written by Kristi Thompson

Looking at it from another angle, our blind spots are frequently the opposite of our strengths on which we all build […]

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  • The Best Lessons In Life I Learned From Parenting. #kineticinsights
  • The Best Lessons In Life I Learned From Parenting. #kineticinsights
  • The Best Lessons In Life I Learned From Parenting. #kineticinsightsThe Best Lessons In Life I Learned From Parenting. #kineticinsights

THE BEST LEADERSHIP LESSONS I’VE EVER LEARNED CAME FROM PARENTING

By |November 21st, 2018|

I often tell my clients, that the best leadership lessons I have ever learned were from being a parent. The leadership skillset requires that you are always thinking ahead, balancing multiple priorities, helping others to accomplish stretch goals, noticing their needs and feelings, resolving conflicts, and listening, really well.  To all the parents out there or those who fill that role in the life of a family member, someone they love, does this sound familiar?

Parenting, not unlike leadership, is challenging and rewarding. It requires commitment, […]

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  • When The Middle Becomes the Beginning. Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights

When the Middle becomes the Beginning: Why and How – you need to invest more in coaching your mid-level leaders

By |October 1st, 2018|

When the Middle becomes the Beginning

Do you think it’s too costly to develop your middle managers as well as your executives? Think again.

Many organizations treat middle management as a Darwinian proving ground by making a minimal investment and then waiting to see who survives. Meanwhile, the best development tools such as executive coaching, action learning task teams, and high fidelity simulations, are reserved for senior leaders and a select group of high potentials. These are often expensive and the size of their middle management population […]

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  • The Risks of Either or Thinking. Brought to you by the change agents at Kinetic Insights. #kineticinsights

The Risks of Either-Or Thinking

By |June 12th, 2018|

Either-or thinking is a trap we can easily fall into that encourages us to believe there is only one right behavior and it blinds us to the opportunities of a more balanced, albeit more paradoxical, approach.

Life is full of light-hearted paradoxical sayings: slow down to speed up, tough love, stability through change, and more. Most leaders easily understand that these behaviors sound like opposites ends of a continuum but are really very complimentary. We know there can be great benefits in using “both” of these […]

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The Purpose of Servant Leadership

By |May 14th, 2018|

The Purpose of Servant Leadership

Leadership comes in many colors. In today’s world, we see leaders who demand respect by putting others down and elevating themselves. We see leaders who know something is right or wrong, but in order to keep the peace or achieve an agenda, they don’t speak up. We see leaders who drive their people for results at all costs. And, occasionally we see a strong leader who emerges as a true servant leader. In my experience it is far too infrequent to […]

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Emotional Intelligence for Teams

By |April 24th, 2018|

Emotional Intelligence for Teams

When we think about how to best develop leadership skills in those around us, we frequently encounter the need to strengthen Emotional Intelligence (EI). Likewise, most leadership development programs identify EI as a major objective. However, little attention has been given to developing the emotional intelligence of teams, despite the fact that organizations strongly rely on teams for delivering a wide range of results. We see this as a major oversight. Research has found a clear correlation between team emotional intelligence and […]

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Successful Skill Secrets…Scream TOP EXECUTIVE!

By |February 13th, 2018|

Successful Skill Secrets…Scream TOP EXECUTIVE!

The evolution of our best executive self is an ongoing, never-ending quest. As executives, we evolve with each new position, new responsibilities within a current position, or with new circumstance in our lives. If you are a freshly promoted executive, you will need to assess and adjust your existing skills to be your best in your new position. Sometimes this requires adding skill sets. I once worked with a Division President who had previously been praised for his ability to get […]

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“The Veggies of Leadership: Emotional Intelligence”

By |January 10th, 2018|

The Veggies of Leadership: Emotional Intelligence

By Kristi Thompson – PathFinder, Kinetic Insights.

Emotional intelligence is not the cake, or even the icing on the cake: it’s the veggies of leadership.

A decade ago, emotional intelligence was newly recognized as a characteristic of effective leaders. Today we know that EI is not only important, but it is also the very thing that distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack, especially at the highest organizational levels. (On Emotional Intelligence, Harvard Business Review Press, 2015, p.3.)

Although EI […]

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Building Leadership from the Inside Out

By |December 4th, 2017|

Everyday headlines shout loudly about professionals from the ranks of politics, government, religion, media, and business who have succeeded greatly in their chosen field of endeavor only to have their personal failures take them down. We have all looked on as one-by-one leaders from all walks of life have crashed and burned, resulting in public humiliation for the leader, their family, and their organizations.

Each of these leaders up to the crashing point, has had enough effective leadership skills to rise through the ranks of their […]

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Why Your Team Needs a Coach

By |September 20th, 2017|

If you were on an Olympic Rowing team which of the following would have, in your view, the most impact on the team’s competitive ability?

  1. A team building event where the team makes chili together.
  2. A class on the physics of rowing and boat aerodynamics.
  3. A race with an expert coach, riding along-side, making real-time suggestions and providing tips on technique and strategy.

While each of these could have benefit for the team, we believe that the most impactful and best ROI in terms of cost […]

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Feedback on Feedback

By |July 24th, 2017|

It’s not much of a surprise that most leaders honestly say they want quality feedback. What IS surprising, is that very few people, leaders included, are actually good at giving feedback. Many simply don’t give enough.

Studies and surveys show that as many as 1/3 of all feedback interventions backfire while a whopping 98% of employees will fail to be engaged due to lack of or poorly delivered feedback. In the face of these startling numbers, 58% of managers still feel they do give enough feedback.

Giving […]

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Lasting Change Demands Transformational Leadership

By |May 4th, 2017|

When a leader puts people and relationships at the center of any effort for cultural change, we describe their strategy as transformational leadership.

A true transformational leader knows that it is their people who get results and execute any change. The leader is the conduit. Transformational leadership builds the capability of people and brings higher levels of personal commitment from individuals to the organization’s vision and objectives.

Experts in the field say that transformational leaders can motivate followers to transcend their own interests for some other collective […]

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Being Accountable for Accountability

By |March 26th, 2017|

We all love working with people that hold themselves accountable to completing their projects, initiatives and strategic plans as promised. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many of these people as we might like. As leaders, it’s up to us to hold individuals accountable and to encourage accountability among team members. Most of us just aren’t as good as it as we need to be.

The Harvard Business Review says one out of every two managers is terrible at accountability because 46% of all managers reporting to […]

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Power of the Team

By |January 22nd, 2017|

Power to of the Team

Do you feel like team work leaves no time for your work? No surprise.

In early 2016, Harvard Business Review reported an increase of more than 50% in the amount of time spent in collaborative activities.

Over the past 20 years, globalization, strategic partnerships, and the demand for innovation and speed have resulted in a heavily team-based work environment. For many companies, more than three-quarters of an employee’s workday is spent in meetings, on the phone, and responding to emails.

Even though a team […]

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Culture and the Overlooked Stakeholders

By |November 27th, 2016|

Corporate cultures that inhibit strong long-term financial performance are not rare; they develop easily, even in firms that are full of reasonable and intelligent people” – Kotter and Heskett, Corporate Culture and Performance.

Unless you’ve spent the last 25 or so years living off the grid in Barrow, Alaska you’ve learned a little about how important culture is to organizational performance and how it eats strategy for lunch or is it breakfast? Either way – it’s kinda important.

The Elephant in the Room

Culture, as the old […]

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Will your acquisition be successful?

By |November 20th, 2016|

How important is culture when you are acquiring or merging with another company?

A KPMG study found that 83% of mergers fail. The number one reason these mergers failed? Culture. According to the Bain & Company survey of executives, clashing cultures lead to frustrated and anxious employees, demoralization, defections, productivity flags and eventually, failure. Alex Miller of KPMG said,

“Culture fit is pivotal in the long run…Merging cultures often determine strategic outcomes”.

Strategies that might lead to M&A transactions:

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