Carl's Coaching Tips

Maintaining a Proper Perspective

Posted on March 30, 2015

Leadership is bringing out the best in others while helping them to understand, embrace, pursue and achieve worthwhile objectives.”

- Carl Hicks


Using this definition of leadership, two perspectives emerge.

First, “bringing out the best in others” seems to acknowledge that the leader must earn the right to lead from the followers.  The true test of the leader is the presence of willing followers.  Followers who believe that by granting the leader the right to lead them, they, in turn, will be able to realize their personal and professional goals faster and more successfully than going it alone.

The second perspective is the acceptance of the obligation to “achieve worthwhile objectives” with and through others.  This obligation is owed to the person and organization that has granted the leadership title.  

This two-fold perspective suggests that to fulfill one’s leadership imperative, the process of “bringing out the best in others” must be channeled toward the “achievement of worthwhile objectives.”  To complete the process, these objectives must be deemed worthwhile by the leader, the followers and the organization.




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Things To Do

Posted on February 27, 2015


Action is the foundational key to all success.”

- Pablo Picasso



Confused about how to prioritize your long list of “Things To Do?”  

Try this.

Take a moment at the beginning of the day to reflect on this question: at the end of today, what one task, if completed, would make me feel the best about myself?

Then do it!








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Posted on January 30, 2015

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”


-Tony Robbins 



The next time you are in the mood for writing down your goals try this.  

Take a 3 x 5 index card and write your goal at the top of the card.  Next, write five to seven reasons why that goal is important to you.  Then, for the next 28 days read that card 10 to 20 times a day. This will serve as a constant reminder, not only of your desire to meet the goal, but of why that goal is important to achieve.

Our reasons why propel us toward our goals.  Enjoy the journey.

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The Challenge and Reward of the Job

Posted on January 26, 2015


The role of manager is one of constant responsibility.  The challenges can seem never-ending and even for the experienced manager the role can be as frustrating as it is rewarding, and as discouraging as it is satisfying.  For the first-time manager, however, the role can seem downright overwhelming.

As a first-time manager you will quickly find that you are not only responsible for the results of your own work and the work of others, but also responsible to provide the focus and direction for getting those results.  You will discover that the role is more than just overseeing, but involves training, coaching, mentoring, encouraging, and guiding others to be able to perform the tasks required of them.  

In other words, the role is not one, but many.

Learning to be an effective manager is not an easy process, for some it can be disheartening, at times even painful.  The key is to strive to create, nurture and maintain a work climate where individuals can be successful at applying their talents and gifts to their duties and responsibilities.  Meeting goals and accomplishing tasks are certainly satisfying, but how much more rewarding the efforts are when you, as manager, have taken the time to strengthen the abilities of others, creating an environment that encourages improvement and growth and promotes successful, productive job performance.  The responsibility is great . . . the reward is greater.

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