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"The development of expertise requires coaches who are capable of giving constructive, even painful, feedback.”

Source: K. Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T.Cokely, “The Making of an Expert,” Harvard Business Review, July-August 2009.



Executive Leadership Coaching


10 Warning Signs of a Manager in Trouble . . .

We’ve compiled a list ten early warning signs of a weak leader. 

  1. Provides No Recognition
    Effective leaders know that people need recognition.  Never giving compliments shows a lack of concern for others or just total unawareness.
  2. Non-Verbal Cues
    Lack of eye contact, lack of attention, constant shifting, playing with their cell phone, and looking around the room, are all signs that there’s something more important than you.
  3. No Vision
    Great leaders know where they are going and communicate their vision to their team.
  4. Doesn't Enable Others
    Great leaders help others grow and develop. If the manager doesn’t know how to delegate or doesn’t enable others, chances are they will never get much done.
  5. No Listening
    If the manager’s ideas seem to be more important than finding out about your ideas, this manager probably is self-absorbed.
  6. Distrust of Others
    A manager who consistently blames others , especially member of his team, shows a lack of trust in people.
  7. Motivating with Fear
    When managers disrespect and distrust others, they resort to threats and humiliation.
  8. Maintains the Status Quo
    Leaders look for innovative ways to improve the organization. They experiment and take risks.
  9. Disrespectful Behavior
    There’s no excuse for unprofessional behavior.  Not returning emails, not showing up for meetings, not following through on commitments are all signs that this person is only thinking about himself.
  10. Bad Attitude
    Certainly everyone has bad days, but managers who make life difficult for others need to be fixed.

If your company isn’t dealing with the problem, utimately it will affect others, the organization and profits. Termination is certainly an option, but it may be a wise investment to help the manager first with executive coaching. We help fix problem managers.


Our mission is to help successful leaders achieve
positive long-term, measurable changes in behavior.

We provide executive leadership coaching to businesses in Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Columbus Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, Louisville, and Lexington Kentucky. Most are within a two-hour drive of Cincinnati. We can also provide executive coaching world-wide using state-of-the-art technology. Call us at 513-772-5115

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Coaching Facts

65% companies provide coaching for their leaders.

Coaching is fairly split among four levels, C-level, VPs, directors, and mangers.

46% use coaching to change behaviors.

63% of coaches are external.

43% report increases in coaching budgets and 70% expect increases in next three years.

- CLO Magazine 4/10 


In a recent Business Week article, Jack  Welch said . . ..

"Executive Coaching generally works. The value depends on the quality of the coach

This is a field where there is no specific training and certainly no formal accreditation. And there are some charlatans out there who simply tell you what you want to hear or don't have much feel for leadership, having never done it themselves."

He further adds:
"Good executive coaches can look you in the eye and tell you what no one else will, especially if you're the boss."