Leadership through Eyes of a Coach...Alan Booth

Monday, September 29, 2014


From my own experience consulting senior executives, I have found that leaders need to build better trust so that their staff can feel safe enough to tell the truth about your expectations...those that you think are not being met.

Here is a sample of what your people are thinking but not talking to you about:

¨ They don't know how to do it…but think they do
¨ They don't know why they should do it

¨ They think something else is more important

¨ They don't really know what they are supposed to do

 ¨ They think your way will not work as well

¨ They think their way is better

Next step?  stop talking and really LISTEN to your people!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


As I engage senior executives, I track trends so I can become better alert to why people act the way they do.

After my past 37 conversations with Presidents and CEO's, I have found 82% who reveal a lack of confidence in some aspects of doing their job.

You might not see this because executives are well defended around those weaknesses or blind spots. So how do you engage executives in your organization [or clients] who have a good chance of lacking confidence?

My first response is strengthening trust. What is yours?

Monday, September 22, 2014


"I do not feel I am getting through to my manager." A frequent statement I hear from client's staff and employees.

So how to you get your voice heard? A few suggestions...

"Hey boss, I would respect your insights on how we can better communicate around ideas I have. Willing to set an appointment to discuss?" 

"I could be misreading you: when I offer my ideas and I don't sense you support them, perhaps your expectation is just to move forward and you have no concerns."

"What I really need is your validation that my ideas are viable and your are willing to support them...or even have suggestions how I could best put them into action."

Note to self:

Am I seeking validation because I need my bosses approval of myself?  Well, self validation is the best way to become more motivated to do what you think is right!