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James Hotaling

Global Head of Leadership Development, Assessments and Executive Coaching at N2Growth

Randolph, United States

Jim Hotaling currently serves as Head of Leadership Development & Assessment at N2Growth. Jim is passionate about providing strategic executive leadership in human capital, utilizing results-orientated knowledge, skills, and abilities to think critically and lead successfully within any operating environment. His history of success in environments demanding crisis management and problem-solving skills, organizational development, team building, and uncompromising integrity make him uniquely qualified to serve in these roles. Jim has been named by LeadersHum as one of the world's top 40 change management gurus and is an active member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

Before joining N2Growth, Jim served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard, serving as a principal adviser to senior executives within the U.S. Department of Defense. Jim has an international reputation for being a dynamic, driven professional with over 30 years of leadership, management, operational, and contingency experience in government and private sectors. Before being elevated to executive leadership roles, his 20+ years within Special Forces have given him a unique perspective that translates into being a subject matter expert in Human-Centric leading and resilience. He has served in senior leadership positions with subsequent responsibility for personnel, resources, and institutional focus, directly affecting programs to drive business results. He is an accomplished international public speaker and lead instructor. He possesses broad experience collaborating with senior executive leaders and engaging international partners.

Jim is also the host of N2Growth's podcast, The Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Movement, a series of podcasts and videos that will give you a focused set of ideas applicable to your personal and professional life. He believes the more significant focus you spend on your " tools " and how you "forge" your relationships and presence, the stronger the others become. This movement will showcase that to make yourself better, there is a mutual benefit to making others better through mentorship, followership, and leading.

Jim holds a Masters's degree in Leadership from Trident University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communications and Influence from Jones International University, an Associate in Airway Science, and a Professional Managers Certification from the Community College of the Air Force.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Vermont
Speaking Topics: Leadership, Resilience, Top Team Effectiveness

James Hotaling Points
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Author 665
Influencer 99
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Entrepreneur 0
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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Executive Coaching
Theatre: Global
Minimum Project Size: $25,000+
Average Hourly Rate: $300+
Number of Employees: 251-500
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed
Media Experience: 25 years

Areas of Expertise

Change Management 53.01
Culture 36.02
HR
Leadership 39.86
Management 39.11
Coaching 37.25

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Industrial Machinery & Components
Manufacturing
Professional Services

Publications

154 Article/Blogs
Eclipsing Rolodex Firms: Welcome to the Vanguard of Executive Search
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February 13, 2024
In the ever-evolving arena of executive recruitment, the quaint notion of measuring a search firm’s prowess by the girth of […]
The post Eclipsing Rolodex Firms: Welcome to the Vanguard of Executive Search appeared first on N2Growth.

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Tags: Change Management, Coaching, Leadership

The N2Growth Difference: Coaching or Consulting to Meet Your Needs
N2Growth
February 12, 2024
Tailored leadership solutions are the bedrock of professional growth. In today’s competitive landscape, one size no longer fits all. Perhaps more than anyone, executives understand the importance of customized approaches that address their unique needs and challenges. This is where the power of tailored solutions comes into play. As a consulting professional working with top executives in the world’s largest companies, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of tailored solutions on professional growth. By understanding each individual’s specific goals, aspirations, and obstacles, these solutions can unlock hidden potential and propel them toward unprecedented success.

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The N2Growth Difference: Coaching or Consulting to Meet Your Needs
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February 01, 2024
The Power of Tailored Solutions for Professional Growth – Coaching or Consulting Tailored leadership solutions are the bedrock of professional […]
The post The N2Growth Difference: Coaching or Consulting to Meet Your Needs appeared first on N2Growth.

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Tags: Change Management, Coaching, Leadership

The 2024 Leadership Forecast: Embracing AI Driven Decision Making
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February 01, 2024
Understanding the Role of Embracing AI in Future Leadership Strategies As the transition towards a digital economy accelerates, Artificial Intelligence […]
The post The 2024 Leadership Forecast: Embracing AI Driven Decision Making appeared first on N2Growth.

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The Pinnacle of Performance: Fine-Tuning Leadership with Executive Coachee Programs
N2Growth
February 01, 2024
Executive coachee programs are crucial in enhancing leadership performance among top executives in today’s competitive corporate landscape. These programs provide a unique opportunity for executives to receive personalized guidance and support in their professional development journey. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, executives can explore their strengths and weaknesses, develop powerful leadership skills, and ultimately achieve their full potential as leaders.

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How To Maintain A Strong Company Culture When Key Leaders Depart
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January 30, 2024
When facing big leadership transitions, companies must take proactive steps to ensure that the core values and ethos they’ve worked hard to foster remain intact.

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20 Ways To Detoxify A Sales Team’s Work Environment
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January 30, 2024
Employers sometimes inadvertently promote a toxic workplace for sales teams by embracing common practices and policies meant to drive competition among peers.

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How To Prevent Workplace Conflict From Impacting Your Team
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January 29, 2024
It should be a priority for all leaders to seek proactive approaches to fostering a harmonious work environment.

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Executive Leadership in 2024: Skills and Strategies for Leaders
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January 29, 2024
Amid the rapidly changing business landscape, an unprecedented wave of transformation is impacting many executive leaders in 2024. Establishing themselves […]
The post Executive Leadership in 2024: Skills and Strategies for Leaders appeared first on N2Growth.

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Understanding the Intersection of Executive Search and Artificial Intelligence
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January 29, 2024
The advent of Artificial Intelligence has disrupted multiple sectors, and the executive search industry is no different. With its immense […]
The post Understanding the Intersection of Executive Search and Artificial Intelligence appeared first on N2Growth.

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Executive Search Strategy: Attracting Top Leaders in 2024
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January 26, 2024
The Strategy: Understanding the Dynamics of the 2024 Talent Landscape The future of executive recruitment is rapidly evolving, shaped by […]
The post Executive Search Strategy: Attracting Top Leaders in 2024 appeared first on N2Growth.

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Tailored Executive Coaching for the Entrepreneur: Vision to Victory
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January 25, 2024
The Importance of Executive Coaching for the Entrepreneur Regardless of their industry or background, the entrepreneur faces unique challenges on […]
The post Tailored Executive Coaching for the Entrepreneur: Vision to Victory appeared first on N2Growth.

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Global Leadership Mastery: The Advantages of International Coaching
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January 25, 2024
The Power of Culturally Diverse Perspectives: Exploring the Benefits of International Coaching in Global Leadership Mastery In today’s global business […]
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Executive Storytelling: Why Every Organization Needs a Great Story
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January 25, 2024
The Essence of Narrative in Business In the realm of business, storytelling transcends mere entertainment. Ernst Gleijm, a seasoned expert […]
The post Executive Storytelling: Why Every Organization Needs a Great Story appeared first on N2Growth.

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How To Learn Something Complicated Faster
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January 24, 2024
Sometimes, learning something that’s hard to comprehend in less time than would be ideal becomes integral to one’s continued success in a professional role.

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15 Practical Ways To Strengthen Self-Control And Willpower
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January 24, 2024
Whether you’re striving to increase your productivity or break free from bad habits, improving your willpower can be a game-changer.

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Crafting Leadership Excellence: The N2Growth Approach to Executive Development
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January 23, 2024
Understanding the Core Values of N2Growth Based in King of Prussia, PA, N2Growth is a global leadership consulting firm known […]
The post Crafting Leadership Excellence: The N2Growth Approach to Executive Development appeared first on N2Growth.

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Embracing Change: How Executive Coaching is Evolving in 2024
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January 23, 2024
Understanding the Transformation of Executive Coaching Once steeped in traditional, face-to-face interactions, executive coaching is undergoing a radical transformation. Unlike […]
The post Embracing Change: How Executive Coaching is Evolving in 2024 appeared first on N2Growth.

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Business Dean Search: Uncovering Leadership for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
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January 23, 2024
The Importance of Effective Leadership in Business Schools Effective leadership is as crucial in an academic environment as in any […]
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Coaching Versus Consulting: Which Is Right for Your Organization?
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January 23, 2024
Understanding the Difference: Defining Coaching and Consulting Defining Coaching and Consulting requires a clear understanding of the roles and purposes […]
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Life Sciences Executive Search: The Quest for Innovation
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January 23, 2024
The Importance of Finding Innovators in the Life Sciences Industry In today’s rapidly evolving life sciences industry, finding innovators has […]
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2024 Executive Coaching Trends: Shaping Leadership Excellence
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January 23, 2024
The Rising Influence of Artificial Intelligence in Leadership Development The trends around executive coaching are evolving rapidly in 2024, thanks […]
The post 2024 Executive Coaching Trends: Shaping Leadership Excellence appeared first on N2Growth.

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Executive Talent Trends: Navigating a Changing Landscape in 2024
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January 23, 2024
Talent Trends: Emerging Leadership Skills for the Future The continual development of digital technology and automation in today’s corporate world […]
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How To Author A Book: 17 Tips For Busy Executive Thought Leaders
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January 23, 2024
For busy executives who aspire to author a book, navigating the intersection of thought leadership and business leadership poses a unique challenge.

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15 Human-Centric Ways For Leaders To Promote High Performance
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January 23, 2024
When companies care as much about employee experience as customer experience, teammates perform at high levels, plan to stay in their roles and experience less fatigue.

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1 Influencer Award
Powerlist of the top 200 voices in leadership
Leadershum
March 01, 2023
We stepped into the new decade over rocky terrain, uncertain about what the future had in store. But the human tendency of deriving wisdom through experience and passing it on has programmed us to be instinctively prepared in the face of adversity. And that is precisely the mission of the leadersHum community of experts and thought leaders.

Join us as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the Power List 200, a group of visionary individuals who have made a lasting impact on their respective fields through their unwavering determination, exceptional skills and forward-thinking approach.

We welcome the leaders inducted into the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership in 2023!

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2 Influencer Newsletters
Executive Coaching Company Breakdown: How to Get the Most Out of Coaching for Strategic Change
Leadershum
January 02, 2023
The truth is that even these world-class leaders have room to grow and can find ways to identify their weaknesses, optimize their performance, and become even better leaders. But often, these top-tier executives don’t know where to go to achieve this critical perspective and guidance at this stage in their careers.

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Perspective – Are You Too Close To See It?
LeadersHum
June 08, 2022
Sometimes the best solution is right before us, but we are too close to see it more often than not. Why is that? Perspective is a point of view driven by a bias within you. It is all about a leader's perspective. Poor leaders fall for just relying on instinct or hunch, whereas a good leader understands the actual dynamics of perspective.

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5 Media Interviews
Finding the “I” in Team
Susan Drumm
November 16, 2022
“The onus is on you as a leader to effectively lead your organization and your people. To do that, you have to start with yourself.”

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16 Ways Companies Can Nurture The Next Generation Of Leaders
Forbes
August 25, 2022

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14 Smart Ways For Businesses To Seek Out More Diverse Candidates
Forbes
August 18, 2022

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What is a four-letter word that is one of the most destructive in all leadership?
N2Growth, Inc
June 08, 2022
I must admit that when I hear this word used to justify poor practice or weak excuses, it just gets under my skin.

The word I believe that should be taken entirely out of a leader's thought process is the word "busy."

Busy leaders are nearsighted; they live reactively instead of proactively.

Reactive leaders respond to what's happening, diverting from crisis to crisis.

Proactive leaders make things happen.

Reactive leaders push their most essential duties to the side. Leaders who react to what's happening rarely make things happen.

Let's face it, the word busy is:
· uncreative
· It makes people doubt themselves, and if you make people doubt themselves, they won't feel inspired by you
· It works the opposite way you want it to
· It's dismissive
· Being "busy" is what work is supposed to feel like!

To become more proactive, create systems to improve the workflow for yourself and your team.
So here is a challenge: The next time you're busy, slow down, and consider the strategic importance of what you're so busy about.

Another idea on how to fix it:

Words matter — they powerfully shape how we see ourselves and interpret our actions.
Changing our perspective on busyness may involve changing our habits and re-evaluating how we spend our time. The next time you're ready to use the word busy, see if one of the following phrases would work better:
· Abundant
· Engaged
· Captivated
· Productive
· Dynamic
· Excited
Take responsibility for your actions. Be proactive and simply own it! Lead.

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Transform your business with human centric leadership and optimize the best results.
TLL Credibility
June 29, 2020
This episode features #ThoughtLeader and #Expert James Hotaling (linkedin.com/in/jameshotaling/), C-suite Executive, Podcast Host of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Global Head of Leadership Development of N2Growth.

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1 Miscellaneous
Mindset Moments- Iron Sharpens Iron
YouTube
March 01, 2022
The Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Movement will give you a focused set of ideas that can be applied in both your personal and professional life. The greater focus you spend on the “tools” that you have and the way you “forge” your relationships and presence, the stronger the others become.This movement will showcase that in order to make yourself better, there is a mutual benefit to making others better through mentorship, followership, and leading.

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Tags: Leadership

66 Podcasts
The Habits of a Disciplined Leader
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November 15, 2022

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Practice what you preach with Jim Hotaling
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April 06, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling reflects on "Season One" of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement. From the travels he took around the world to interview leaders on four different continents to the amazing content of the podcasts recorded over the last year, Jim reveals th

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Ep 50 Practice What You Preach With Jim Hotaling
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April 06, 2021

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When we care about other people; it changes you and it changes them with Brian Kibby
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March 16, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Brian Kibby. Brian is the CEO of Modern Campus, the leading SaaS solution for higher education student life cycle management and web content management systems. Brian loves to say, "When we care about other people, it change

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Ep 49 When we care about other people; it changes you and it changes them with Brian Kibby
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March 16, 2021

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Remove the mental “leashes” holding you back with Jason Forrest
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March 09, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Jason Forrest. Jason has disrupted the sales recruiting industry by combining a recruiting company, an assessment company, and a training company in one. Today's episode is all about how to unleash you from outdated manageme

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Ep 48 Remove the mental “leashes” holding you back with Jason Forrest
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March 09, 2021

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Meet the Unicorns-The first married couple in the world to sell their company for one billion dollars and reach this level of accomplishment in business.
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March 02, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Samo and Iza Login. In 2009 these Slovenian tech entrepreneurs set out with the goal of creating a new startup that they would build into a successful business and sell in order to dedicate all their time to philanthropic pu

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Ep 47 Meet the Unicorns–The First Married Couple in the World To Sell Their Company for 1BN
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March 02, 2021

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The better your leaders are, the greater the chances of you actualizing your strategy with Kevin Black
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February 23, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Kevin Black. Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur, nationally recognized for learning and development services in leadership and strategy. His leadership workshops combine the excitement of eSports-like wargame competitions with

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Ep 46 The Better Your Leaders Are, the Greater the Chances of You Actualizing Your Strategy
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February 23, 2021

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Surrender to the Uncertainty of Tomorrow with Eric Termuende
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February 16, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Eric Termuende. Eric is a globally-recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive. As co-founder of NoW Innovations, Eric advises industry-leading organizati

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Ep 45 Surrender to the Uncertainty of Tomorrow With Eric Termuende
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February 16, 2021

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Humans are more important than Hardware: Why coaching matters with Andy Riise
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February 09, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Andy Riise. Andy is the Mental Skills Coach for the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Baseball System. Andy believes that humans are designed to perform, but we often get in our own way towards becoming the best version of oursel

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Ep 44 Humans are more important than Hardware: Why coaching matters with Andy Riise
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February 09, 2021

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Ever wonder why certain people get “under your skin” at work? With Susan Drumm
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February 02, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Susan Drumm. Susan is a CEO Advisor and Leadership Coach, founder of Meritage Leadership, with over 20 years of experience leading teams and senior executives to achieve their potential. Susan has graduate degrees from Harva

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Ep 43 Ever wonder why certain people get “under your skin” at work? With Susan Drumm
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February 02, 2021

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Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership With Dan Edds
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January 26, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Dan Edds. Dan Edds is a researcher and thought leader in reinventing and innovating leadership for the 21st Century. George Clifton, CEO of Gallup states: "The American leadership philosophy simply doesn't work anymore". The

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Ep 42 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership With Dan Edds
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January 26, 2021

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Lead. Care. Win: How a More Caring Leader Is What Matters with Dan Pontefract
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January 19, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Dan Pontefract. Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture. He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE P

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Ep 41 Lead. Care. Win: How a More Caring Leader Is What Matters
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January 19, 2021

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Unlocking the secrets to a workplace team of raving high-performers with Beth Miller
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January 12, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Beth Miller. Beth served as a Chair with Vistage, the most prestigious CEO and business owner peer advisory organization in the world for 13 years. As a Vistage Chair, Beth facilitated peer advisor meetings and coached busin

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Ep 40 Unlocking the Secrets to a Workplace Team of Raving High-Performers With Beth Miller
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January 12, 2021

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The "Dean of Innovation" focusing on creating an innovation culture, capability, and community with Jeff DeGraff
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January 05, 2021
In this episode of the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement, Jim Hotaling interviews Jeff DeGraff. Jeff DeGraff is both an advisor to Fortune 500 companies and a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. His simultaneously creative and pragmatic approach to making innovation hap

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Ep 39 The "Dean of Innovation" with Jeff DeGraff
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January 05, 2021

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103 Videos
The value of Lateral Moves as Young Leaders
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February 14, 2024

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Must Have Leadership SKILL - Elegance in simplicity
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February 07, 2024

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Be the one who TAKES ACTION - Leader in the ARENA
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January 31, 2024

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The art of ESSENTIALISM in day to day Life
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January 24, 2024

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Innovating Leadership: Empowering Teams for Creative Breakthroughs in Business
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January 03, 2024

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New Year, Stoic Mindset: Transforming Challenges into Strength
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January 02, 2024

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Embrace the New Year with Stoic Wisdom: A Guide to Resilience & High Performance
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December 20, 2023

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Maximize Team Success: Essential Year-End Reflection & Celebration Strategies for Leaders
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December 13, 2023

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Navigating New Horizons: Transforming Career Paths for Modern Talent
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December 01, 2023

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BLUF: The Military Email Etiquette That Can Transform Your Communication
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October 11, 2023

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Leading with a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Your Learning Potential
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September 27, 2023

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The Shoemaker's Son: Leadership's Ultimate Irony?
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September 20, 2023

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Leading from Within: The Power of Self-Acceptance in Leadership
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September 13, 2023

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Why Leaders Shouldn't Outsource Difficult Conversations
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September 07, 2023

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Beyond the Comfort Zone: The True Calling of Leaders
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September 06, 2023

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Face to Face vs. Shoulder to Shoulder: Rethinking COLLABORATION #shorts
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September 05, 2023

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The Hidden Power of Personal Connections in a Professional World #leadershipgrowth
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August 23, 2023

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Unleashing Leadership Excellence: The Be-Know-Do Framework #shorts
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July 19, 2023

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Unlocking Leadership Insights Every Week! #shorts
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July 13, 2023

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Stop Micro Managing: Empowering Teams through Destination-Driven Guidance #shorts
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July 05, 2023

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The Power of Healthy Disagreement: Strengthening Leadership Teams #shorts
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June 28, 2023

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LEADERS - Does Your Organization Have UNWRITTEN Rules? #shorts
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June 21, 2023

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LEADERS! - You don't have to know it all. #shorts
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May 31, 2023

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Leader, Get Your Head Out the Weeds! - #shorts
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May 25, 2023

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When was the last time you truly saw someone? Leadership TIP to truly CONNECT with others #shorts
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May 23, 2023

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4 Article/Blogs
Rising Above: The Call for Senior Leaders to Embrace Strategy Over Tactics
Thinkers360
October 16, 2023

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, leaders frequently face various tactical and operational challenges. When it comes to managing day-to-day operations and responding to unforeseen problems, the frenetic pace of the immediate can become a zone of comfort. A significant number of future leaders have gained professional experience and earned their stripes in these trenches, becoming masters of this tactical art. They have proven adept at navigating these waters, contributing to their rise through the ranks. Nevertheless, there is an urgent requirement for a shift in perspective as they rise through the ranks to senior leadership roles.

It’s a common scene: leaders deeply engrossed in the nitty-gritty details, missing the larger picture. But herein lies the crux: senior leadership isn’t about staying within one’s comfort zone, no matter how successful it’s been in the past. When I encounter leaders in this position, I offer them advice that may seem simplistic but is profoundly transformative: “Get your head out of the weeds and look up at the horizon.” Why use this perspective shift? Let’s dive deeper.

The Horizon Perspective

The horizon provides a wide and expansive perspective. When a senior leader raises their eyes to this level, a profound change takes place: things begin to move at a more measured pace. The horizon perspective enables leaders to anticipate changes, trends, and potential obstacles from a distance rather than being taken aback by unexpected challenges. It’s the equivalent of a driver being able to see a bend in the road from a distance and making the necessary adjustments well in advance, as opposed to swerving at the last minute.

Keeping one’s eyes on the horizon is not to ignore what is happening in the here and now; instead, it is to gain perspective on what is permanent and what is ephemeral. Leaders can recognize patterns, establish connections, and strategically position their organizations for long-term success when they keep the big picture in mind and concentrate on it.

From Tactical to Strategic

This elevated perspective aligns with the essence of senior leadership: being strategic. The tactical details, while essential, should not consume a senior leader’s primary focus. Instead, delegating these tasks to competent team members will free up time and mental space for strategic thinking. Becoming more strategic entails thinking ahead, envisioning the future, and crafting pathways to achieve it. It involves not just reacting to changes but proactively driving change. This proactive approach allows for informed decision-making, better risk management, and the ability to seize opportunities before competitors even spot them.

Conclusion
Embracing the horizon perspective is more than just a leadership tactic; it’s a mindset. As leaders progress in their careers, the challenges they face evolve. While tactical mastery might have propelled them to senior roles, strategic foresight will define their legacy. For every senior leader ensnared in the weeds, remember: the horizon holds your future. Lift your gaze, embrace strategy over tactics, and lead your organization to new heights.

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The Power of Healthy Disagreement: Strengthening Leadership Teams
Thinkers360
July 17, 2023

As a senior executive coach, I have had the privilege of working with numerous leadership teams from various industries and backgrounds. One of the most powerful lessons I've learned over the years is the value of healthy disagreement within these teams. It may seem counterintuitive, but embracing diverse perspectives and differing opinions can foster innovation, prevent complacency, and ultimately drive superior organizational outcomes.

In our pursuit of success, it's natural to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals who share our vision and goals. However, while unity is essential, unanimity is not always beneficial. When everyone on your team consistently agrees with you, it may create a comfortable echo chamber where innovative ideas struggle to take root and grow. True innovation thrives in an environment where ideas are challenged, scrutinized, and refined through constructive disagreement.

It is fundamental to encourage open dialogue and cultivate an atmosphere where team members feel secure expressing their diverse perspectives. When individuals feel heard and valued, they become more engaged and willing to contribute their unique insights. This open exchange of ideas creates a wellspring of creativity and critical thinking, leading to breakthrough solutions and strategies.

In the dynamic landscape of the business world, embracing healthy disagreement becomes paramount. In an era where 'iron sharpens iron,' it's crucial to recognize that divergent viewpoints can provide the necessary tension to stimulate growth and development. As leaders, we must avoid the trap of seeking constant validation and surround ourselves with individuals who challenge us to think differently and consider alternative approaches.

The benefits are manifold when constructive disagreement becomes a norm in your leadership team. It allows you to identify potential blind spots and make more informed decisions. Your team becomes more adaptable, capable of swiftly navigating through uncertainties and challenges. Moreover, this environment of trust and respect fosters collaboration and builds strong bonds among team members, making the team more resilient in times of adversity.

As you aim to cultivate dynamic, innovative, and high-performing teams, consider the following steps to harness the power of healthy disagreement:

  1. Lead by Example: Demonstrate your openness to diverse viewpoints and encourage feedback from your team. Show that you value critical thinking and that disagreements are not met with judgment but seen as opportunities for growth.

  2. Establish Psychological Safety: Create an environment where team members feel safe to voice their opinions without fear of retribution. Encourage curiosity and celebrate the act of asking challenging questions.

  3. Set Common Goals: Ensure that your team shares a clear sense of purpose and common goals. When everyone understands the broader objectives, disagreements become focused on finding the best path forward rather than personal conflicts.

  4. Foster Active Listening: Emphasize the importance of active listening among team members. Encourage them to listen empathetically to different viewpoints and consider them thoughtfully before responding.

  5. Resolve Conflicts Constructively: When disagreements arise, address them promptly and constructively. Encourage open dialogue to find resolutions accommodating various perspectives and contributing to better decision-making.

  6. Encourage Idea Sharing: Regularly hold brainstorming sessions or innovation workshops where team members can freely share their ideas and challenge each other's assumptions.

You can transform your leadership team into a powerhouse of innovation and collaboration by embracing healthy disagreement. Remember, it's not about winning arguments but finding the best solutions leading to superior organizational outcomes.

Whether you are a seasoned leader or just beginning your leadership journey, I hope this video has provided valuable insights to enhance your leadership skills. Let's create an environment where healthy disagreement is celebrated, and creativity knows no bounds.

Here's to building stronger, more resilient organizations through the power of healthy disagreement.

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Tags: Change Management, Coaching, Leadership

Embracing the Power of Artificial Intelligence: Balancing Insights and Human Touch
Thinkers360
July 05, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, few advancements have captured our collective imagination quite like artificial intelligence (AI). From its potential to revolutionize industries to its impact on everyday life, AI has become a topic of both fascination and concern. Recently, I had a thought-provoking conversation about AI, specifically regarding its role in leadership assessments and executive coaching. In this blog post, I aim to provide insights and illuminate the balance between AI-driven insights and the irreplaceable human touch in these domains.

The Power of AI: As someone deeply involved in leadership assessments and executive coaching, I can attest to the immense power of AI in augmenting our decision-making processes and enhancing efficiency. One particular AI tool I employ, Chat GPT, has proven invaluable in providing data-driven insights and enabling me to make better-informed decisions. The capabilities of AI are genuinely remarkable, and we should embrace the opportunities it presents.

The Importance of Human Connection: While AI offers tremendous advantages, it is crucial to recognize that it will never replace the profound understanding and human connection that comes from genuine interactions. Despite its ability to analyze data and draw conclusions, AI lacks the context and empathy from face-to-face conversations. This is where the role of advisors and experts becomes paramount.

Understanding the Context: Consider an executive assessment scenario where AI identifies an individual who doesn't handle stress well. While this insight is valuable, it is essential to delve deeper and gather additional context. Engaging in personal conversations and spending quality time with the individual allows us to uncover invaluable information. For instance, they may share that although they used to struggle with stress, they have since developed adequate coping mechanisms such as meditation, yoga, or even participating in triathlons. These personal narratives and unique experiences are invaluable and cannot be replicated by AI alone.

Striking a balance: The key lies in striking a balance between the benefits of AI and the inherent value of human judgment, empathy, and personal experiences. AI is a powerful ally, augmenting our abilities and providing data-driven insights. However, it is the combination of these insights with genuine human understanding that leads to optimal outcomes. Embracing AI while cherishing the human touch ensures we can navigate the future with wisdom and compassion.

Advice for the Future: In this age of rapid technological advancement, embracing AI as a tool for growth and progress is crucial. However, we must never allow it to overshadow the significance of human judgment and connection. By leveraging the strengths of AI alongside our empathy and understanding, we can unlock our full potential. Let us utilize AI to enhance our decision-making processes, but always remember that the fusion of data-driven insights and genuine human interaction truly empowers us.

Conclusion: Artificial intelligence has undoubtedly brought a new dimension to leadership assessments and executive coaching. While AI offers incredible capabilities, it should never replace the human touch and the rich understanding that emerges from personal connections. By striking a harmonious balance between AI-driven insights and human judgment, we can confidently navigate the complexities of the future. Embrace the power of AI, but always remember the timeless importance of empathy, context, and authentic human interaction. 

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Tags: Change Management, Coaching, Leadership

Board Effectiveness vs. Compliance
Thinkers360
March 06, 2023

A fully-facilitated board effectiveness solution can provide fresh insights and drive tangible outcomes year after year to achieve an effective board. This strategy is based on research and evidence-based principles, and a data-driven process is designed to provide you and your board with the insights needed to improve performance. The assessment is based on the Effective Boards framework, a proprietary research-based solution that provides a solid foundation for increasing the overall effectiveness of your board.

Individualized reports and feedback sessions for each board director, data-driven group working sessions tailored specifically for your board, and results and analysis presentations to help you understand key findings and focus areas for improvement are all part of the evaluation process. This process provides unprecedented data richness and ensures that each director has the plan to improve their performance and board career.

All board members will have secure access to a cloud-based board evaluation platform based on our proprietary research, which has been shown to produce positive results. Experienced consultants will conduct regular alignment sessions with key stakeholders and provide coaching tailored to the needs of your board directors.

The goal of this approach is not simply compliance but rather to provide you with insights and leadership expertise to help you create greater board effectiveness and overall performance. The methodology ensures maximum board member engagement and incorporates the most recent positive management science and psychology findings.

Finally, as a Board Chair, having a trusted partner who understands your challenges and can assist you in driving results is critical. A board effectiveness solution offers a data-driven, tailored approach that includes individualized reports and feedback sessions for each board director and a thorough evaluation of your board. The advisors will collaborate with you to identify areas for improvement and provide practical advice for success.

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I am committed to communicating openly and shaping your Leadership DNA to new behaviors capable of accomplishing overarching organizational objectives with every executive coaching engagement. Through the performance coaching model, you’ll learn new skills to erode self-imposed limits and create healthy new habits opening up the path to achieving the outcomes you genuinely want to see.
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