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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Final Observation from an Executive Coach

Fifth and final observation....

5. Listen and be inclusive: “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”
Listen to your detractors with the same vigor as those who would hail you as chief.

Remember to appoint a “devil’s advocate” to offer counter arguments in every major discussion you have. Do this especially when you generate a new idea yourself or whenever it’s an idea proposed by someone who thinks just like you do. No one needs to remind you about the power of diversity.

Finally, let me end with my very best wishes as you begin your journey as president.

“Yes We Can!”

PS...Be sure to listen to perhaps your best sounding board: Michelle!

[Dr. Steve Gladis is the author of The Executive Coach in the Corporate Forest and serves as an executive coach in the greater Northern Virginia/Washington Metro Area. He may be contacted at 703-424-3780 or at]

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