Christine Comaford’s Blog

How To Leverage Newly Reported Job Outlook Optimism & Recruit Great Talent

Optimism regarding finding a quality job is at an all-time high. “For the first time since Gallup began tracking the question in 2001, a majority of Americans (54%) say it is a ‘good time’ to find a quality job.” What’s created this massive upward swing? Also per Gallup: “People’s optimism is affected by the political lens […]

63% Of Employees Don’t Trust Their Leader — Here’s What You Can Do To Change That

Trust is toast, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low. CEO Credibility plunged by 12 points this year. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said CEOs are somewhat or not at all credible. Whoa. Wow. How Trust Is Broken… Lack […]

The Power Primer: Lessons From Andy Grove, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates And Larry Ellison

  In my experience, leaders either use power well or they don’t. Thankfully, I’ve met more that fall into the “use power well” category. Here are four powerful leaders and the lessons they taught me. I hope their wisdom will touch you too. Andy Grove: Be Gracious Andy Grove always tried to feed me. He was […]

5 Signs Your Top Performers Are Going To Quit And What You Can Do To Retain Them

How many of your top performers have quit, leaving you, their leader, wondering why or what happened? People will quit before they ask for what they want or tell you what is wrong. That’s why knowing what to look for is so powerful. Red Flag Behaviors 1. Productive And Accountability Drop: They are missing deadlines, not […]

Four 2017 Topics That Bad Leaders Will Ignore And Great Leaders Will Embrace

Are you ready for 2017? What will make it your best year yet? Will it be tackling key goals? Finally getting those long-delayed “to do” items off your list? Or will it be taking your leadership to an entirely new level? I’m hoping for the latter—and if you’re on board, I’ll be right there with […]

Career Advice

The Only Career Advice You Need For 2017

“The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization. She is the key player, the one who’s difficult to live without, the person you can build something around.” Seth Godin Are you ready to have your career soar in 2017? If the answer is yes, do you have a plan? Buckle your […]

Want Your Boss To Respect You? Do These 6 Things

Want Your Boss To Respect You? Do These 6 Things

Do people respect you? Respect is often defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. The key word is elicited. Our actions and the outcomes we create are directly proportional to the amount of respect we think we should have and the amount of respect […]

Headed Towards Burnout? Here's What You Need To Do

Headed Towards Burnout? Here’s What You Need To Do

As leaders we are expected to be highly present, have clear and consistent insights, maintain significant levels of energy, and stay grounded regardless of circumstances. Yet in today’s world of relentless change this can be challenging. When’s the last time you focused on you? It’s not selfish… it’s necessary. There’s an infinite amount of work, […]

Games Get Goals Met - Here's How

Games Get Goals Met – Here’s How

Are you using games to help your team achieve their goals? Gamification creates healthy competition, learning, communication and incentives. When used properly, gamification can change the face of goal attainment in your organization. We Are Wired To Game Gaming puts the user in a state of flow. “In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental […]

The Link Between Exercise And Boosting Brainpower

The Link Between Exercise And Boosting Brainpower

Are you making exercise non-negotiable? Before you skip a workout, remember that exercise is the key to a healthy brain. When I first start working with my executive coaching clients, before we dive into proven neuroscience-based tools that will help them with their challenges, I ask them “Do you have an exercise routine?” Executives and leaders […]

4 Steps to Becoming a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader

4 Steps To Become A More Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The CEO tells the VP Marketing candidate he’d hire her if she lost 20 pounds. She’s “too fat to represent our company.” The VP Operations tells her team if they were competent they would’ve achieved their quarterly goals. The CFO sends the Controller an angry email saying his budget “sucks and is pathetic.” The VP […]

How Leaders Can Rock Rejection & Finesse Failure

How Leaders Can Rock Rejection & Finesse Failure

What holds us back from our dreams more than anything else? Fear of failure. So let’s tackle it head on. Sooner or later you’re going to fail. In fact, you may fail over and over. The key is to fail forward, where the pain of the failure is reduced by the benefit of the lessons […]

Why Performance Management Is Dead And Performance Motivation Is Here To Stay

Why Performance Management Is Dead And Performance Motivation Is Here To Stay [Infographic]

How’s your team performing? Before you start the process of performance evaluations, take 10 minutes and discover why performance management is dead and performance motivation is here to stay. As we know, performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to manage the performance […]

Networking, whether it is in person, via Linked In or in another manner, can have a lasting effect on future referrals.

Deepen Your Relationship With Centers Of Influence

Our favorite door opener Caryn Kopp discusses the importance of relationships with Centers of Influence— thought I’d share! Networking, whether it is in person, via Linked In or in another manner, can have a lasting effect on future referrals. This is your opportunity to deepen the relationship with Centers of Influence. If done properly and with […]

How To Lead And Empower Your Team Through A Crisis

How To Lead And Empower Your Team Through A Crisis

According to a recent Harvard Business Review Management Tip Of The Day: A leader sets the emotional tone and the example both in good times and, perhaps more important, in bad. I agree. As a leader, how do you help your team deal with and move through a time of crisis? Before we go any […]

How To Overcome Adversity In 2 Steps

How To Overcome Adversity In 2 Steps

    Think about a novel or movie that you found engaging. Why was it so? Conflict. Conflict makes a story interesting, it moves the story forward, engages the reader/viewer, causes the protagonist to stretch, grow, task risks. Adversity is good – as long as you move through it to the other side. Click To […]

Beyond The Brain: Mindfulness For Leaders

Beyond The Brain: Mindfulness For Leaders

We’ve all embraced the latest leadership tools and techniques. And we’ve become as awesome as we can be. Until now… Making The Brain’s Best Parts Bigger As humans, we have 100 billion neurons available. Yet only about 15% are activated, according to HeartMath Institute, in large part because we focus so heavily on the outer world. […]

Why Leaders Need To Be Great Storytellers

Why Leaders Need To Be Great Storytellers

We’ve all seen them. Emotionally flat presentations. Emotionally devoid corporate mission, vision, and value statements that are simply wall art. They’re not memorable. And even if the team has been asked to memorize them, even recite them, but if you ask what they mean, you’ll get blank stares. Why? There’s no emotion. There’s no story. What’s […]

5 Brain-Based Keys To Engage Your Team And Have Your Profits Soar

5 Brain-Based Keys To Engage Your Team And Have Your Profits Soar

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just tell people what to do and they’d do it? Wasn’t that what was supposed to happen when you finally got that promotion, or started that business? The thing is, your team are human beings—not machines. They are thinkers who thrive on solving problems. When people solve a […]

75% Of Workers Are Affected By Bullying -- Here's What To Do About It

75% Of Workers Are Affected By Bullying — Here’s What To Do About It

Workplace bullying is frighteningly common and takes an enormous toll on our businesses. Research from Dr. Judy Blando (University of Phoenix) has proven that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness. 75%. That’s huge. So what exactly is workplace bullying? “Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming […]

4 Brain-Based Ways To Improve Team Performance

4 Brain-Based Ways To Improve Team Performance

A well-orchestrated team depends on everyone doing their job, at the time they are supposed to do it, yielding the results they are supposed to yield. Everyone likes to think they are accountable. Are they? As a leader, you need to ensure that your team actually is accountable. What does accountability mean to you? Does […]

Master The Art Of Effective Delegation And Gain 5 To 10 Hours Per Week

As leaders, we often find ourselves in situations where we are repeating ourselves. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could have a ‘one and done’ philosophy where our team is given a task or project and it is completed to spec? What if I told you that this isn’t just a dream? I’ve worked with […]

Types of Meetings: Communication Type Matters

3 Types Of Meetings That Will Engage Your Team and Increase Team Performance

How is your company’s communication? Is it clear and efficient and aimed at driving results or increasing connection? Or do team members talk a lot without saying anything that moves the needle? Maybe you remember this model from my previous blog: 4 Steps To Fast, Effective Meetings where we addressed the types of communication that created […]

3 Things That Guarantee Engaged Employees

3 Things That Guarantee Engaged Employees

One of the most important and core elements a company of people can be aligned on is their mission, vision and values about the company. These components are essential and powerful drivers for the exec team to efficiently achieve the success they want. They are also the key to having a highly engaged culture of […]

7 Steps to Maximize Your Success As A Leader

7 Steps To Maximize Your Success As A Leader

Many people think that executive coaching is for people who have problems. I often handle requests from CEOs and Senior Leaders who want to “fix” a manager or employee who is struggling. While there’s a lot of useful things that can be done to help, I find that the most exponential success usually comes when […]

The Proven Brain-Based Method To Empower And Emotionally Engage Your Team

The Proven Brain-Based Method To Empower And Emotionally Engage Your Team

Many people have the wrong idea about business leadership. They think that if “their people” do as they are told, they must be great leaders. Anyone who deviates gets attacked. Never mind that “their people” are walking around stuck in fear. Or, they may feel that they are the shining light that rescues everybody from […]

Are you in a leadership role?

Are You In A Leadership Role? Here’s What You Need To Know About Your Brain

Human beings actually have three brains. Both our hearts and our intestines have neural tissue. So there is the heart-brain, the gut-brain and the brain that sits in our cranium (or, if you count the one that sits in our cranium as three—reptile, mammalian, and human neo-cortex—then we actually have five brains!). I recently discovered […]

Unconscious bias in the workplace

How To Work With Unconscious Bias In Your Organization

One of the key topics I’m asked about these days is unconscious bias training. More and more studies come in every day that show diverse and inclusive teams (more on what that means later) consistently outperform teams made up of people who are very similar to each other. So it’s time to bust unconscious biases […]

Salespeople Are Burning Out Faster Than Ever — Here’s Why

According to Glassdoor, professionals working in sales can make well into the six figures and are one of the most popular positions companies seek to fill. But retention tends to be low with the pressure to meet numbers, lack of adequate training and inevitable rejection. 71% of companies take 6 months or longer to onboard […]

Angry Customers? Don't Flip - Do This

Angry Customers? Don’t Flip — Do This

“Oh no, Mr. Jones is on line two again! What does he want now?” When our clients/customers complain we want to cringe. We want to hide. We want to defend ourselves. Critter State is a natural escape. After all we’re only human, and our ego and sense of well-being feels threatened. Heaven forbid we actually did […]