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Managing Peer Relationships – They Don’t Always Have to Go Sideways

October 12, 2018

The workplace is based on relationships. You have relationships up (your boss, superiors), down (direct reports, contractors), and to the side (peers, business partners). Managing and creating impactful relationships in all three directions leads to success, and not doing so leads to failure and frustration. Peer relationships in the workplace are challenging in different ways […]

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Red & Blue Can Make a Beautiful (and Successful) Purple

October 4, 2018

Tribalism, polarization, incivility, politics. We know that people have a hard time talking to people who they don’t agree with these days. It seems everyone digs in their heels, lives in their bubble, and judges those who disagree. Often, they don’t even want to talk to those with whom they don’t agree. If they do, […]

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Validating Your Path on The L Train

Chicago L Train September 28, 2018

Our careers are rarely linear. We make choices along the way that take us down paths we could not have anticipated with outcomes that are unexpected. One choice leads to another, and suddenly we realize we have reached a destination. That place might feel right, or it might be somewhere you don’t want to stay […]

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Photos from Release Party for “The Impact of Confidence”

September 11, 2018

Thank you to all who joined me for the release party for “The Impact of Confidence:7 Secrets of Success for the Human Side of Leadership” at The Metropolitan Club in Chicago on Thursday, September 6. I am so grateful for your ongoing support. Special thanks to friend and professional speaker Sima Dahl, Casey Clark of […]

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Matthew – A Frustrated, Struggling Leader

September 4, 2018

I like to say that I am a “life coach who chooses to coach executives.” The point is, for executives and in fact leaders at all levels, you are a human being at the core. At the same time, you are a CEO, business owner, manager, you are also a parent, son or daughter, spouse, […]

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Learning to Flex Your Collaboration Muscle

March 14, 2018

This blog was originally posted to the Burtch Works Executive Coaching website.  https://www.burtchworks.com/2018/03/12/how-to-improve-collaboration-leadership-skills/ “Collaboration” might seem like a fuzzy term to many leaders. Yet the costs of poor collaboration are concrete, and can be quite painful. Effective collaboration in research and analytical roles is a combination of structure and leadership. You cannot only blame the organization or the […]

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Your Analytics & Data Science New Year’s Resolutions

January 31, 2018

This blog was originally posted to the Burtch Works Executive Coaching website.  https://www.burtchworks.com/2018/01/29/analytics-data-science-new-years-resolutions/ This post is contributed by Tim Ressmeyer | Founding Partner of Ressmeyer Partners and Executive Leadership Coach | 20 years’ experience as an executive in analytics and marketing research roles Want to learn more about how you can put these career resolutions into practice? Join Tim […]

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Thanksgiving Reflections from Tim

November 28, 2017

We’re in the midst of the season when we reflect on what we are thankful for, look back on the year as it comes to an end, and set our sights on all that lies ahead. All three of these are top of mind for me. My father passed away at the beginning of October. […]

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Handling Tough Questions During the Holidays

November 21, 2017

“So…what are you doing with your life?” “How’s work?” “Are you still single?“ Are you dreading an inevitable question this holiday season? For many of us, this week kicked off a season filled with socials and family gatherings. These events can be great, often letting us catch up with those we don’t get to see […]

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Business Partnerships Are Hard: I Do Not Want to Mess It Up

February 21, 2017

Being in business with a partner is that double-edged sword of an amazing opportunity balanced against the potential for disaster. It is an alliance whose genesis is often based on friendship and excitement and advances into getting in bed together in a high-stakes relationship. A lack of intentionality to foster the alliance can lead to […]

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