Author: Patricia Wheeler

The Zen of Managing Oneself
Executive coaching

The Zen of Managing Oneself

Pressure.  It’s all around us, now more than ever.  In fact, most of us work best under moderate pressure. Consider elite athletes; they not only expect it, they thrive on the activation they feel in real-time, when they’re up close and personal with their audience and their competition. But what […]

The Business Case for Optimism
Executive coaching

The Business Case for Optimism

“I’m not an optimist or a pessimist…I’m a realist,” the leader said.  We were discussing his 360 degree leadership feedback.  His organisation needed him to take a bigger and more visible role, and operate with more strategic focus. His team recently weathered a corporate restructuring, and many were confused and […]

No More Best Practices?
Executive coaching

No More Best Practices?

In a recent meeting with a global CEO and his senior team, the CEO asked: “What’s the most important leadership gap facing our company?”  After hearing answers from his audience of senior leaders, he gave the following perspective: “The most important gap lay in their being too inwardly focused on […]

Worry Less, Lead Better
Coaching Research

Worry Less, Lead Better

We’ve all heard the statistics….although women make up over half the workforce, less than a quarter of them rise to middle management positions.  And fewer than 10% ever claim a seat on their company’s executive committee.   These numbers haven’t changed in over a decade, despite the diversity efforts of […]