The Bates Blog

Don’t Just Check the Box: How to Get More Out of Your Next Performance Review

Posted on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

As we approach the end of the year, annual performance reviews are on the horizon for many companies. Why do we do these types of routine assessments? Because as business leaders, we genuinely believe that if we invest time and attention into human capital, we will generate better business results. But many of us “check the box” when it comes to reviews, and miss out on a big opportunity to improve the individual and collective performance of our teams. For practical tips on how to make the most of end-of-year reviews, we sat down with Bill Macaux, our SVP of Executive Development, and Sarah Woods, our SVP of Global Consulting.

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Is Negative Thinking Affecting Your Leadership Impact?

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

By Meredith Courtney, VP of Marketing

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Tags: executive presence, cognitive psychology

How to Channel Executive Presence (feat. in Marie Claire)

Posted on Thu, Oct 9, 2014


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Tags: suzanne bates, executive presence

Executive Presence: How to Define, Assess and Cultivate it

Posted on Mon, Oct 6, 2014

By Suzanne Bates

As published in the October 2014 issue of Workplace Today: 

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Tags: executive presence, ExPI

How Metrics Can Be a Driving Force

Posted on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

I seem to lack a gene common to most men—the one that makes you fascinated with cars.  For most of my life, I’ve been pretty indifferent to them.  If they have four wheels, an engine, and aren’t likely to explode upon impact, that’s been good enough for me.

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Tags: Growth Agenda, leading change, employee motivation

Sales Lessons from a College Tour

Posted on Mon, Sep 1, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

My daughter is starting her senior year of high school, so she is already getting to be a wily veteran of college tours.  So after we wrapped up a tour at a top university a few weeks back, I was eager to hear her critique.

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Tags: Client Relationships, presentation skills

Challenge-Development Curve Q & A

Posted on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

As a leader, you face challenges of all levels of magnitude every day. The Challenge-Development Curve is a useful model we use at Bates to help capture the opportunities and risks for leaders when they reach key “inflection points” in their careers.  We interviewed our Vice President of Executive Development, Bill Macaux, asking him to reflect on leadership challenges and how they show up within organizations.

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Tags: Building Influence, Leadership Readiness, Transformational Change, The First 100 Days, Preparing to be CEO, Preparing to Become CEO, executive presence, leadership development, ExPI, Executive Development

The Five-Second Rule for Creating PowerPoint Visuals

Posted on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

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The Importance of Amplifying Executive Presence

Posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

Imagine this unlikely scenario: You’ve been asked to sing the national anthem in front of 50,000 fans in a baseball stadium.  You know how to sing, and you proceed with confidence.

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Tags: executive presence, ExPI, Effective communication, Executive Development

The Look of Leadership: Five Style Tips for Men

Posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

By Mary Lou Andre, Style and Professional Image Expert

#1   Don’t Dismiss the Power of Formal Suiting.  Even if you work in a business casual environment, don’t neglect this area of your wardrobe.  Always have at least one dark neutral suit that fits you well at your current weight and makes you feel your personal best.  In addition to professional events where formal suiting is the best choice, life also happens – weddings, funerals and the like.  Don’t compromise the power of being properly attired when it might matter most for you and the people you love.

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Tags: professional image


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