CEO Coaching: Must Have Tools

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I can move the world.” When I was a CEO or prior to that in other executive positions (i.e. my “place to stand”), I was frequently slowed down by challenges for which I did not have a tool to solve. Creativity, focus and time were always the answer, but if you are like me, those are not always at hand!

In a departure from the norm, I thought that I’d share with you a few simple “levers” that I’ve developed, co-opted or uncovered over the years for my benefit or for the benefit of my clients. Here are six and I hope they help! If you have a question, let me know. Click the names to follow the link.

1 Daily Review

I learned this from Marshall Goldsmith. It is transformational in staying focused! If you are feeling lazy, email me and I’ll send you the Excel format.

2 Decision making. 

Damn, I wish I would have internalized this when I was a CEO! Three parts: Objectives, Alternatives, Resources. Internalize this and just remember OAR!

3 Problem solving.

This might look a bit complicated but take a current challenging problem and work through it with your team. Once you’ve used it a few times, it’ll become second nature!

4 Demystifying culture: 2 questions.

The word “culture” gets used frequently but is nebulous. Think about culture as, “The sum of the actions that we allow and reward” and it will become clearer! If you want to understand or modify your culture, this is for you.

5 Conflict optimization tool.

Under the banner of “conflict management” too many consultants are trying to minimize conflict. That’s stupid! You shouldn’t minimize it; you should optimize it. These two pages from my book will get you started.

6 Effective Meetings checklist.

If you believe that meetings are the work of the devil, read this. With the right structure and rules, they will be the sharp end of the spear in your fight for success!

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