Executive Letters

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  • The Close Minded Executive

    The Close Minded Executive

    At VIM Executive Coaching, our mission is not to point out mistakes, but to encourage change and improvement in leadership skills when we detected problems. It seemed as though this administrative assistant had been allowed to take on an inordinate amount of power. Much more than that, his opinion of his employees was open or closed based on second-hand information received from someone who was several layers removed from the executive.

  • The Leader Who Leads in the Moment

    The Leader Who Leads in the Moment

    Truthfully, almost no one we have ever encountered at VIM Executive Coaching is truly a natural born leader. It just doesn’t work like that! Leadership, whether in corporate or entrepreneurial settings is a skill and a practice, no different than being a concert violinist, surgeon or a martial artist.

  • Anticipating Change by Finding True North

    Anticipating Change by Finding True North

    At VIM Executive Coaching our objective as a business coach is to teach entrepreneurs and executives to anticipate changes in their work environment and to respond to those changes. Notice we don’t say react, but respond. Reacting is like following the heading on a compass ‘round and ‘round. Responding to change is to be centered within yourself, to have a sense of true north in your life and to set a logical course in order to achieve an outcome in your organization.

  • Drafting Executive Leadership?

    Drafting Executive Leadership?

    “Coaching,” I said, “is about recognizing talent, to be sure, but to leave emotional intelligence and ‘humanity’ out of the equation is a guarantee of being in last place.” I had the audacity to suggest that he should dial it back on his perception of analytics, and re-discover the inner feelings and intangibles in other people. He admitted it might be an interesting approach to at least explore.

  • The Inter-Generational Executive

    The Inter-Generational Executive

    It is not that inter-generational issues have appeared on the scene for the first time in history, it is just that there is an “obsession” many of us seem to have with understanding the Millennial. It is as though Millennials have appeared in the workplace after being beamed down to earth from a distant galaxy!

  • The (Not So) Plugged-In Executive

    The (Not So) Plugged-In Executive

    When relying on outside sources to solve leadership problems, the executive often loses “self” and more, importantly authenticity. Therefore, when confronted with a workplace conflict executives who over-rely on social media may try to solve a problem totally outside of how they might normally, instinctively operate. There becomes an inconsistency that employees can never seem to anticipate or understand. The leader, him or herself, becomes a different person to match any occasion. Yesterday’s advice becomes totally changed today; today’s solved problem becomes completely re-arranged tomorrow. It just never seems to stop.

  • The Joy of Executive Chaos

    Despite what you may have heard, there are very few natural born leaders. Leadership, whether in a corporate, nonprofit or even in an entrepreneurial setting is a learned behavior. We have found that many of the so-called “natural born leaders” are reactive to any situation that confronts them, rather than being responsive. The style usually results in numerous workplace problems, including substandard performances and employee turnover, or even termination of the leader due to employee complaints.

  • When Those Who Lead Start to Follow

    When Those Who Lead Start to Follow

    There is a somewhat famous story from Japan where the powerful leader of a major manufacturing conglomerate developed a work friendship with an old janitor. Though the story is dated, it is indicative of the philosophy we like to teach at VIM Executive Coaching in the present day.

  • Lightening the Weight of Leadership

    Lightening the Weight of Leadership

    While many of the executives we see wish they could get ahead like “Anna” (we’ll call her that), in private discussions she said that while she loved her job, it was tearing her up inside. She admitted the weight of leadership was keeping her awake at night. She occasionally had panic attacks.

  • In Praise of the Shy Leader

    In Praise of the Shy Leader

    There is never a need for an executive leader of either a for profit or non-profit organization or an entrepreneur for that matter, to be an officious, “barking,” screaming person to be effective. In fact, many clients are referred to VIM Executive Coaching because their style was that “drill sergeant” model, and they were woefully inadequate.

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