Efficient for You is Scary for Me

by Garold Markle   I recently met with a project team who was trying to increase employee ownership of a new change initiative.  They were tasked with the introduction of a new medical information management system that would greatly enhance efficiency and improve patient experience.  To them, the benefits were so large and obvious that … Continue Reading »

The Hunger Games at Work

by Garold L. Markle   There’s something inherently wrong with the ritual of rating and ranking practiced by some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies.  Let’s talk about two of the problems here.  First, the negative way it often makes employees feel.  Second, the complete failure of this elaborate and labor intensive process … Continue Reading »

The Good Fortune Effect

by Garold (Gary) Markle Completing my coaching process this year with my top three direct reports revealed an unexpected dividend — a profound feeling of good fortune.  After really digging deep with each person, their strengths and our challenges, my overall feeling is one of both gratitude and optimism. The coaching process has again made … Continue Reading »

Imaginary Dragons

by Garold Markle Sometimes the problem you think you see, is not the problem you actually have. When Carl, the CEO, described to me the difficulties he was having with Theron, his CFO, it sounded pretty bad.  There was no smoking gun, mind you.  Theron was more than competent, having successfully performed his job for … Continue Reading »

Congrats to Our November CCC Graduates!

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Nov Grads

Eleven Companies spanning North America welcomed home newly certified Coach2’s after November’s Catalytic Coaching Course in Atlanta. Join us as we congratulate the 13 graduates!

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The Power of Personalization

  by Garold Markle A key difference between a good coaching session and a breakthrough, life-changing coaching encounter is the degree to which the conversation is personalized to the individual being coached.  The better a manager is at describing current reality and/or future potential in terms that impact the specific individual being addressed, the more … Continue Reading »

The Collins Bus

By: Garold (Gary) Markle Jim Collins says that it’s leadership’s responsibility to “get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and everybody in the right seats.”  Interestingly, he doesn’t say that it’s HR’s job.  It’s management’s responsibility to make this happen. My question to Mr. Collins is simple.  How do … Continue Reading »

The Employee Iceberg

By: Garold (Gary) L. Markle As an HR generalist in a series of Fortune 500 corporations, I was instructed to treat employees more like “resources” than “humans.” We went to great lengths to focus on “the worker” while avoiding as much as possible anything personal.  What I soon discovered, however, is that when you go … Continue Reading »

Life Leverage

By Garold Markle “I know how to mow my lawn.  I just don’t do it.”  These words were used by an entrepreneurial CEO to exemplify a valuable lesson he’d learned about time management as he grew his company from start-up to sixteen million dollars.

Onward and Upward

Graduations should mean something.  So should promotions.   They don’t happen very often and they don’t occur accidentally.  They take effort, planning and perseverance.  As such, they should be savored and celebrated.  They should also be used to spark strategic reflection.