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“Shut Up Gremlin!” Three Steps To Tame Your Inner Critic

May 30, 2016

“I’m not good enough so I won’t even try.” “They’ll find out I’m a fake.” “I could never succeed making that change.” “I’ll embarrass myself.” Those thoughts and that voice in your head saying those things is your inner critic – Gremlin – that tells you you’re not good looking enough, smart enough, you’ll never […]

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Take Charge of Your Team

January 26, 2016

I’ve had what feels like an insane number of conversations since the start of the year with leaders struggling with their teams. This would be a much better company if there weren’t people here! The “people” are a very difficult part of the management equation, but it is controllable. You can’t control external factors like […]

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Be Forceful in the New Year

December 16, 2015

Some quick physics: The Law of Motion declares unless acted upon by another force, an object will stay in its current state.  That means it will either stay at rest – indefinitely. Or stay in motion – indefinitely. The concept of Inertia posits that whether in motion or at rest, all objects resist changes in […]

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“My Accidental Life”

December 3, 2015

“You are on a default path to somewhere.”  I remind my clients of this frequently. Whether in a stable situation, in transition, or trying to figure out what’s next… You WILL wind up somewhere! I also talk about the notion of an “accidental career.” This is where you’ve made incremental decisions at various points over the […]

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Da Da Da Daaa Da! Who's Lovin' It?

February 4, 2015

Relying on the expertise and coaching support for a top-level executive can seem somewhat stifling – after all, why are we paying the execs so much money in the first place? The reality is professional coaching can help everyone, including senior executives, if not especially. Yesterday when I read that McDonald’s CEO, Don Thompson, was […]

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“Me, Me, So Happy!” – 3 Ways to Bring More Happiness into Everyday

November 25, 2014

“Me, me, so happy!” is an iconic family phrase attributed to one of my older sisters. She was always the most even-keeled one of the five of us kids, and nothing seemed to fluster her. Carrying this mantra throughout life may seem a bit “Pollyannaish”, but why not? We can always choose to look for […]

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"The Cell is an Ideal Place to Know Yourself"

November 1, 2014

Leadership According to Nelson Mandela. I’m currently traveling in South Africa. It’s an amazing place for the natural and cultural beauty. And, you’re never too far from an image of Nelson Mandela. His face appears on signs, souvenirs, sides of buildings, and even as graffiti in places it “should not” be. But you know it […]

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What’s my Value(s)?

October 6, 2014

In business we talk about the value of a product or service: market value in real estate, the blue book value of a car.  Socially we talk about family values or value systems.  Personally we ask ourselves “What is the value of my time?” or “What’s the value I bring to the table?” Value has […]

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Entrepreneurship for Coaches – iPEC Coaching Meeting

September 29, 2014

Tim Ressmeyer will be moderating a panel presentation on Entrepreneurship for Coaches at the monthly meeting of the iPEC Chicago Coach Community at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont on October 2, 2014. “Coaches don’t always think of themselves as entrepreneurs, and we can learn from successful entrepreneurs and leaders of startups,” said Ressmeyer, Founding Partner of […]

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Career Advice from Treebeard (Guest Post)

September 24, 2014

by Jim Greco   “You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers   When you are going through a career transition, patience is your enemy.  I know this […]

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