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Internal, Coach-Like Managers as the Drivers of Change?

Do you remember work in the year 2000? Email was still a blessing, and we hadn’t yet become attached to smartphones. We were connected, but not hyperconnected. We were busy, but not roll-out-of-bed-and-read-your-emails-while-brushing-your-teeth kind of…

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New! Micro-Learning Series on Creating a Coaching Culture

It’s official: the full version of The Truth & Lies of Performance Management has now been released. You can download the complete report here. To celebrate, we’re launching a micro-learning series to accompany the report. It’s designed…

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Coaching Not Sticking?

With the need for more frequent feedback, many organizations are reviewing their approach to performance management by equipping managers with the skills to be able to give higher-quality, more frequent feedback. The problem is, HR leaders have tried t…

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Performance Management & the C-Suite

The traditional approach to performance management (PM) has not reached its potential, and now your organization has committed to changing its current PM approach. Now the question is this; do you involve the C-suite or not?

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Are You Asking the Right Questions?

We all know that the world of performance management is upside down at the moment. But before you think about reinventing your approach and your processes, you need to tackle three big questions. Discover more in this article and video preview of Secti…

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What Revolution?

In the first section of our new research report, entitled Is the Revolution Real?, we interviewed over 120 senior leaders from organizations around the world. One of the key findings is that the future is here, but it’s unevenly distributed. Learn more…

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Why Your Managers aren’t Coaching and What to do About It

Leadership development firm BlessingWhite that indicated that 73% of managers had some form of coaching training. Yet only 23% of people being coached thought that the coaching had a significant impact on their performance or job satisfaction. What’s g…

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How Is Performance Management Evolving?

No doubt you’ve heard the rumours… Performance management is in turmoil. Ratings are being abandoned. Employees are frustrated. HR is frustrated. Everything’s been turned on its ear. See what’s actually happening in this article, “How is Performance …

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New Podcast Launch!

An exciting new podcast has launched! Hosted by Michael Bungay Stanier, Performance Management Stories shares the successes and struggles of senior leaders who have walked the path to evolve performance management in their organizations. Learn more…

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The 5 Most Powerful Debrief Questions and Why They’re Important

Debriefing should be a significant part of any project because, oddly enough, we learn more from an event or project once it’s all over than we do during its execution. And yet we often finish something and move on without

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Twofer Tuesday: On Leading Leaders & Encouraging Entrepreneurism

Have you ever wondered which way is the best way to build the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow? This week’s Twofer looks at two proven approaches to helping employees reach their leadership and entrepreneurial potential. Employee Engagement: Coach for Success

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Twofer Tuesday: On Anonymous Feedback & Original Thought

If you follow this blog, it won’t come as a surprise that I’m an advocate of going against the grain and challenging our default settings. That’s how some of our greatest visionaries and innovators found their success. And that’s precisely

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Twofer Tuesday: On Human Psychology & Solo Meetings

Business is all about people. If you want to succeed in business, it behooves you to know how the human mind works and to examine why people respond the way they do. That understanding, of course, doesn’t apply only to

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Five Things You Can Say No to Right Now

I’m generally an accommodating person, so saying no hasn’t always been my strong suit. It’s all too easy to shove another yes into the bag of our overcommitted lives, trusting that in a Harry Potter magical sort of way it

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Twofer Tuesday: On Leadership & Mentoring

None of us got to where we are today without help. We all look to others for guidance and example. And if we’re really lucky, we just might cross paths with a great coach or mentor who helps define the

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Twofer Tuesday: On Coaching & More Coaching

Coaching is a topic that’s near and dear to everyone here at Box of Crayons. With this week’s Twofer, I want to open your eyes to a new perspective on coaching. These two articles show how much you can gain

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Twofer Tuesday: On Making Better Decisions

Every decision we make changes outcomes. Those outcomes might be small, affecting only a given day or even just the next hour. Other times they can impact careers or the rest of our lives. And it’s not just about choosing

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What Will YOU Do Differently? Free Download!

By now you might have finished reading or listening to Do More Great Work. What happens now? How can you continue to get more out of it, or use it again and again when you need to make things happen?

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Rock Out New Ideas Quickly

My first job after university was with a creativity company. It was a pretty fantastic. I could (and did) show up wearing multiple earrings, long hair and trousers made of purple and red paisley. Now the company is the biggest

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Twofer Tuesday: On High Performance & Meditation

Remember the game of Follow the Leader? You might have played it, in your younger days, on the playground or at camp. It may seem like child’s play now, but there’s a valuable lesson to be learned from that simple

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Twofer Tuesday: On Scaling Down & Powering Down

One of the biggest threats to productivity and creativity is something we’re all exposed to on a near-daily basis. It’s rampant. It’s contagious. I call it The Overwhelm. This week’s Twofer looks at a couple of ways we can inoculate

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Twofer Tuesday: On Creativity & Daydreaming

When interviewing top achievers and game changers, I’m struck by how many of them make time to unplug. They understand and value the need to let the mind wander. Each of these Twofer articles uncovers the merits of daydreaming and

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Robert Fritz on Structural Relationships

The other day I was rereading one of my favourite books of all time, The Managerial Moment of Truth. Robert Fritz is the co-author, and he is a giant in the management field, delving into how structural relationships impact behaviour, from individuals

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My Three Best Secrets on Effective Coaching

“Coaching” isn’t a new leadership term. Chances are you’ve already come across it in some form or another. In fact, research done in 2006 by leadership development firm BlessingWhite found that 73 percent of managers had some form of coaching

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Twofer Tuesday: On Workplace Collaboration

I love working with great collaborators. It raises my game, and I like to think it gives my co-conspirators a bit of a boost as well. Stepping outside your own mental box and inviting insights and ideas from other top

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Twofer Tuesday: On Strategic Offsites & Effective Feedback

Are you so preoccupied with being efficient at work that you’re racing past opportunities to innovate, recharge and excel? When it comes to offering feedback, are your intentions as good as they could be? If you’re not sure on either

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Sir John Whitmore Takes on Coaching for Performance

Sir John Whitmore was a pioneer of the coaching industry. He passed away earlier this year, but his legacy will live on forever. He had a fascinating, full life. After a career as a professional racing-car driver, John established the field

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I’d Appreciate Your Help

Every two years, Thinkers50 ranks the world’s top management thinkers. Many of my own heroes, the people I admire and look up to, are often listed. I’ve never tossed my hat into the ring, but with the wild success of

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Twofer Tuesday: On Irksome Interruptions & Digital Distractions

Technology is a marvellous thing. Yet it’s something of a Pandora’s box when it comes to the perils of hyperconnectivity. With so much emphasis on multitasking, we’ve lost the invaluable ability to single-task. This Twofer dives into the dangers of distractions

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Twofer Tuesday: On Embracing Feedback & Loving Work

Have you ever wondered whether workplace feedback is even worthwhile? How about what to do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? This week’s Twofer articles offer solid advice and insights on both those topics. Read on to

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Giving Up Your Power Means Increasing Theirs

A few years ago, I had an enlightening podcast conversation with Barbara Coloroso, an author who has written several books and tackled issues of parenting, teaching, school discipline, nonviolent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. In our c…

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Twofer Tuesday: On Ultimate Truths & Paying it Forward

Most of us operate from a place of good intentions. At least, that’s something I believe to be true. Yet help can be something of a mixed bag. These Twofer articles explore the flip sides of help. The first examines

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Dr. Jason Fox Takes a Stand against the Delusion of Progress

Dr. Jason Fox is a smart, savvy Australian who brings together insights on  change management and making a difference, self-management and being strategic. And he does it all with a kind of Dungeons & Dragons swagger and pirate sensibility. He’s the author of How to

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Where We’re Going and How You Can Help

In this video, I share a bit about how far Box of Crayons has come in the last 15 years, but more importantly, where we’re going and the upcoming exciting things that you get involved with. At the end, I’ve

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Twofer Tuesday: On Quiet Leadership & Millennial Management

Leadership. It’s an oft-debated topic that brings out plenty of strong opinions about how best to go about it. This Twofer presents a few key thoughts on the subject. In particular, the articles focus on quiet leaders and those of

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Twofer Tuesday: On Brainstorming & Introversion

If you’ve been scouring your brain for ways to encourage new ideas among your team and help them ALL fulfill their potential — regardless of disposition — then this Twofer is for you. Discover the better way to brainstorm, and

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Get Your Gift at this AWEsome Milestone

Celebrate with us! Today is Box of Crayons’ 15th anniversary and we’ve created 15 custom-designed version of the best coaching question of all, The AWE Question. As we’ve grown and become known for teaching busy managers 10-minute coaching, we’ve done

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Free Download of The Best Coaching Question in the World

Tomorrow, Box of Crayons turns 15. To celebrate we’ve created 15 custom-designed versions of the best coaching question in the world, The AWE Question: “And what else?” These three small words encourage people to go further, probe deeper and uncover Read More

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Why It’s So Important to Have Courage

To do your Great Work, you need three attributes: focus, courage and resilience. But at the forefront of it all should be courage. According to the late and great Maya Angelou, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Free Time & Quiet Time

Time is something we all struggle with. It goes too quickly, catches us off guard, is wasted or seemingly stolen from us. But what if there were a way to better manage it? If not to control the nature of Read More

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Change It Up (Great Work Provocation)

Been playing it safe lately? Maybe it’s time to make a bold, brave move.

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Phil Wilson’s Five Essential Books for Being a More Approachable Leader

Today my guest blogger is Phil Wilson, the author of The Approachability Playbook: 3 Essential Habits for Thriving Leaders and Teams. Phil has spent years researching — and showing — the connection between approachability and successful leaders. So I’m thrilled that he Read More

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The Renewal Workshop on Building a Team to Save the World

Today I’m speaking to Nicole Bassett and Jeff Denby, the founders of the Renewal Workshop. The Renewal Workshop is a very cool start-up apparel company that helps apparel brands close the loop on their products. They partner with companies to help Read More

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Work It Out! (Great Work Provocation)

How can you be the peacemaker, the negotiator and the bring-the-team-together catalyst?

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How to Build a Better Reputation

People who have a great reputation tend to succeed, and that often becomes a virtuous circle: success leads to improved reputation; an improved reputation leads to greater success. What are you known for? Discover the distinction between resumé values and Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Coaching & Performance Management

Business leaders are always looking for ways to improve on-the-job coaching and performance management. (Or if they’re not, they should be!) This week’s Twofer explores how managers can succeed on both fronts. Coach’s Corner: Creating Workplace Success Today’s workforce presents Read More

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Which Way? (Great Work Provocation)

It’s time to amp up your daily dose of happiness. Move towards the work that gives you the greatest fulfilment.

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Marina Darlow Finds Freedom in Systems

Are you looking to be more productive? Then settle in for this interview with my guest Marina Darlow. Marina is a project manager and productivity geek. It’s her job to create systems and structures for creative types and entrepreneurs who Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Giving Good Feedback

In business, and in life, it’s nearly impossible to overestimate the importance of delivering feedback properly. Those important developmental conversations help create trusted relationships and enable people to fulfill their potential. This week’s Twofer articles explore the art of giving Read More

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This? Or That? (Great Work Provocation)

What’s best for you? To dial it up, or dial it down?

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Stephanie Chandler’s Five Essential Books for Writers

Do you struggle with writing? Whether it’s a report you need to write, a blog post or even your first book, we all need to produce convincing, compelling and persuasive copy. Stephanie Chandler is my guest blogger today. She’s the author of The Read More

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How do You Improve Workplace Communication? Ask Questions

Sometimes the best way to have a constructive conversation is to give a little less advice and ask a few more questions. When you shift from giving advice and offering solutions to asking questions, you might at first feel a Read More

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Give In Gracefully (Great Work Provocation)

The bigger thing to do might be to give in gracefully.

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Brigadier General (Rt’d) Bernie Banks Shakes the Mediocrity Tree

Meet Bernie Banks. He’s a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. He retired in 2016 from the US Army as brigadier general. Prior to that, he successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Leadership & Mindset

Good coaching is critical to success in every field. So is adopting (and mastering!) the right mentality. With a focus on medicine and sports, these Twofer pieces offer insights gleaned from interviews with industry experts, offering tips on how we Rea…

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Look Again (Great Work Provocation)

Look at your own skills and gifts. Look at the people around you, who may help. You already have the answer you need.

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How to Love Your Job a Little Bit More

I know there are times when you’re showing up at your job and you’re not as excited as you might be. You’ve kind of lost the zest and the juice of the work you’re doing. If that rings true for you, Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Focus & Fantastic Aliveness

Too often, we forget to appreciate the beauty in the everyday and to have compassion for ourselves. We focus on productivity at all costs and try to push through the grind, overlooking the fact that we are all individuals, with Read More

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Let It Go (Great Work Provocation)

Get rid of the baggage that has been weighing you down.  

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Jen Louden’s Five Essential Books for Writing

Considering writing a book? It can be a long and difficult path. (I know. See why I almost gave up on writing The Coaching Habit.) However, my friend, Jen Louden, knows a thing or two about writing. Jen is the Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Mindfulness & Self-Doubt

Truly doing just one thing at a time; and believing in ourselves. Two fairly straightforward concepts, yet they can be surprisingly difficult to master, even for the best of us. This week’s Twofer looks at how to stay present in Read More

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Are You Feeling It? (Great Work Provocation)

What role will compassion — for yourself, for others — play in your day?

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Brian Scudamore’s Five Essential Books for Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Success in Business

Brian Scudamore is a serial entrepreneur and passionate people-person. He is well known for pioneering the professional junk-hauling industry with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He’s added brands in the painting, moving and home-detailing industries under the O2E Brands banner. I had the pleasure Read More

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Brian Scudamore on Setting a Vision

Today I’m talking to Brian Scudamore, founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? When Brian was eighteen, he dropped out of high school. Then he talked his way into college, only to drop out again. Finally, he took $700 to start 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a home service Read More

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Have You Become a Better Leader in 2017?

How are your New Year’s Resolutions playing out? Did you have a sort of Bridget Jones’s list (“Resolution number one: Obviously will lose twenty pounds”) or were you more practical in your ideas, setting your sights on becoming a better Read More

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Twofer Tuesday: On Doodling & Feedback

Understanding the way our minds function is incredibly valuable in delivering our best work — that is, Great Work. This week offers up an article from Inc.com that looks at how doodling and feedback can be used to our professional Read More

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Brace Yourself (Great Work Provocation)

Sometimes, there is no easy path. You can get through this. Find your focus.

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Jenny Blake’s Five Essential Books for Pivoting Your Career

After two years at an Internet start-up followed by five and a half years at Google — where she held the position of Career Development Program Manager — Jenny Blake left corporate life in 2011 to start her own company. Read More

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The Judges Have Voted! See Our #CoachingHaiku Winners

What a response! The whole Box of Crayons team would like to send out a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who entered the #CoachingHaiku contest. Not only did we get hundreds and hundreds of submissions but the level of coaching wisdom was Read More

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Paul Niven Makes You Care about Strategy Again

Today I’m talking with Paul Niven, who is taking a stand against the frustratingly low levels of strategy execution in organizations here in North America and around the world. Paul is the co-author of Objectives and Key Results: Driving Focus, Read More

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