Author Archive | Mike Cook

Negative Emotions Affect Performance

Yesterday I was working by telephone with a young man who is a coaching client.  In my opinion this is a uniquely talented manager, rare in that he has a keen sense of what it takes to develop a staff that can function well or better without him. Most of my clients these days are […]

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Social Intelligence is a Big Deal

Employees, and their managers will not be able able to engage with their work at the levels needed today for sustained periods until the issue of Emotional Intelligence is addressed as a key strategic issue in virtually every business in operation today. In every management development program I have created or delivered in the past […]

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Engagement Killers: They Come in All Shapes and Sizes

The people in my family, I mean myself and brothers and sisters, are basically working people. I don’t mean blue collar though that’s where my father came from, being an electrician for some forty years. I mean working people; for the most part we work for other people. That would be of course except for […]

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Change Agents Take Heart…the Era of the Mindful Leader is Here

For years practitioners in the development field have fought for a transformation in the mindset of business leadership. Agents of change have known that when the challenges they faced were technical in nature solutions were possible. However, when the problems they were charged with solving were leader induced or at least affected by leadership behavior […]

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Avoid Excuses for Keeping Underperformers

Last summer my son and his wife took on a major addition/renovation project at their home in Portland. I had observed the progress of the project from afar here in Anacortes, getting weekly progress reports, photos and so forth as events unfolded. The project was pretty large, involving the entire second floor of their home. They […]

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