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  • Maintaining the Vision

    Maintaining the Vision

    The strife that was being created was troubling. Over the two and a half years of her employment, she had done quite well in leading her department. Indeed, she was a breath of fresh air. She had been promoted to a senior account position (she is a CPA), but on the other hand those above her could be extremely negative and intractable in their thinking. Some days, it was difficult for her to even find the motivation to get to work. No matter what she and her direct reports might recommend, the ideas were all shot down and derided. The upper management of the company refused to acknowledge any kind of strife, because to their minds, “If you don’t like it here, you can always leave!”

  • When the Executive Has Poor Boundaries

    When the Executive Has Poor Boundaries

    What happened? He said he was terminated because he tried too hard to be everyone’s friend. “I’m afraid I badly embarrassed myself,” he said. In fact, he went out on the town with his international sales team. He was driving a rental car when the police pulled him over for speeding (65 in a 40 zone), and then they smelled marijuana in the car. The next day he was terminated. His license was suspended pending mandatory classes and psychological counseling.

  • We're All Important, So Let's Lighten Up About It!

    We're All Important, So Let's Lighten Up About It!

    As I approach the topic of not taking ourselves too seriously, I well remember a young woman we interviewed for a position in a marketing department. She was doing splendidly well in her interview, saying all of the right things and impressing us with her upbeat personality. Then something happened that set her back. She pulled out a very thick, very impressive business plan that was part of the class requirement for a management course. It was a book filled with charts, graphs and projections. It was obvious a lot of effort had been poured into it.

  • The Executive Who Blamed Everyone

    The Executive Who Blamed Everyone

    The conversation from this executive leader kept on in this manner until I guided him to still his mind a bit. He was fired, we couldn’t repair that, but he had such wonderful credentials I was sure he would get re-employed rather quickly. My goal as an executive coach, was to help him become more effective and a better overall manager.

  • The Runaway Executive

    The Runaway Executive

    Being an executive coach, and always fascinated with human behavior, I must admit that I could not get the word “runaway” out of my head, especially as it pertains to issues of leadership. VIM Executive Coaching works with entrepreneurs and executives in all kinds of for profit and not-for-profit organizations. It is not uncommon for us to work with clients who feel as though they are on a runaway train or escape making difficult decisions like a runaway bride!

  • The Explorer Who Never Set Sail

    The Explorer Who Never Set Sail

    In life, and especially in the workplace, “The Truth” can be a very elusive destination. Every employee, whether an executive leader or a lower level manager has their own perspective. We know that there is no such thing as an absolute truth, even though it is an expression we have heard a hundred times before.

  • When the Executive Says: Let Me Be Honest

    When the Executive Says: Let Me Be Honest

    Doc had a fascinating story, especially fascinating to a group of 11 and 12-year-old kids who were pretty much devoid of any baseball talent. For a few years (and he had some wrinkled old pictures to prove it), Doc made it all the way up to Triple-A baseball. He played one season for the Buffalo Bison’s, and two seasons for another team, I think Toledo. He even shared that if it hadn’t have been for WWII, he might have brought him up to the big leagues.Doc got injured. He never told us how, but he walked with a limp.

  • What Are You Saying, Without Saying?

    What Are You Saying, Without Saying?

    It should come as no surprise that shortly after, after an employee felt threatened by his attitude and anger during a meeting, he was brought before his boss and was terminated. The HR director reported to me that the man berated his boss in the meeting as being “soft and coddling.”

  • 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.

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