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How to Coach Your Team Using the Columbo Playbook

How to Coach Your Team Using the Columbo Playbook

This year, I’m intentionally studying the art of asking good questions. Questions others embrace. So, I was intrigued to be introduced to an unorthodox leader recently who leads a group called Box of Crayons. Box of Crayons develops 10-minute coaching skills for leaders. The leader’s name is Michael Bungay Stanier. Watch how he uses the Columbo method in coaching...Read more »
7 Ways to Move from Stress-Filled to Fearless Leadership

7 Ways to Move from Stress-Filled to Fearless Leadership

Chicago’s daily commute can drive employees mad, just ask a psychiatrist who battles the urban jungle and comments "It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to several centuries—at least subjectively."Forbes magazine unveiled their annual list of America’s 40 Most Stressful Cities and you guessed it, Chicago ranked number one for the second straight year followed by Los Angeles, New York, my hometown of Cleveland and Providence. If you are a leader of an organization in these metro areas, your staff feels the effects of sinking property values, high unemployment and prices along with poor social and ecological environments. These conditions breed fear which multiplies employee stress. Many managers cite the overall stress levels as a major cause of absenteeism as well. Dr. Kenneth Greenspan, director of the Centre of Stress Related Disorders at New York's Presbyterian Hospital, claims that if the body faces constant stress and does not have opportunity to rest and renew itself, the resulting effects can be dramatic. ...Read more »
Visual Props Boost Donor Response

Visual Props Boost Donor Response

A visit to Big Sky country underscored the value of authenticity for me this week. In a land with more fly fishermen in one village that all the suburbs of my hometown of Cleveland combined, I learned that creating attractive lures often separates the outstanding fishermen from the rest. The best lures are so life-like you almost expect them to fly or jump out at you! The same is true in attracting people to a greater cause.Real Life ExampleA station manager seeks every opportunity to connect with their top donor prospects. They often invest months working through gatekeepers to secure an appointment. Staff are assigned the task of researching the donor's passions and interests as if this friend may be their last investor. Communicating the lasting difference they could make with a leadership gift is a priority. Before granting the manager an appointment, the gatekeeper asks a series of probing questions by the gatekeeper:What is the purpose and objectives of the meeting? What stage is the project you will pr ...Read more »
Mark Kordic
Mark Kordic
Advocace Alumnus

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