The Bates Blog

Taking Time to Celebrate

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Season’s greetings!  Can you believe we’ve nearly turned the page on 2014? I heard someone say once, “The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.”  As you think about all you’ve accomplished this year I hope you feel a sense of accomplishment!  It’s a journey and it’s important once in a while to get up to 30,000 feet and appreciate how you’ve navigated the challenges and achieved your goals.  We aren’t always inclined to stop and take stock of our accomplishments.  As a matter of fact, in our office we have a running joke about how little time we take to celebrate. It’s usually around 7 seconds of “hoorays” or “congrats” then someone exclaims “back to work!” in a light natured fashion.

In 2015 it’s my goal to celebrate the small stuff with more gusto.  2014 has been a year of change and growth for you, and for us, here at Bates.  This year we successfully launched the Bates ExPI, the first-ever research based model of executive presence and our science based Bates ExPI Assessment.  In one short year it’s been embraced globally as an important new development in leadership.  

When I thought about what I’d like to say to you as we close the year, it goes back to that theme of piloting your own course.  Our mission at Bates is to help leaders shape and influence the world.  Next year if you’re part of our community we’ll be telling you about new ways we want to support you in your leadership.  As you chart your course and think about what you want to contribute next year we will be here providing you with cutting edge approaches and timely support.  

In the meantime as you head into time off with family and friends, take the time to look out the window of your cockpit and appraise all you’ve accomplished from 30,000 feet.  And then, when you’re satisfied you’ve taken in the view, take time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.    

Take care and happy holidays. 


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What’s Naughty and Nice When It Comes to Choosing How To Communicate

Posted on Mon, Dec 8, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

I happened to notice a very short story in the newspaper this morning. With Christmas just a few weeks away, apparently a pair of brothers near Milwaukee—ages 3 and 6—decided that they wanted to get in touch with Santa Claus.

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Getting Ready to Come Out Swinging in 2015

Posted on Mon, Dec 8, 2014

By Meghan McGrath, Marketing and PR Associate

Recently I decided that I wanted to try a new sport, so I signed up for a membership at a local boxing gym. I’ve always admired what incredible shape boxers are in, and I wanted to try something new – get a little adventurous. I knew going into it that boxing would be a physical challenge, but I underestimated what a mentally challenging sport it is.

In my first class—Intro to Boxing—the instructor taught us the six basic punches:

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Confidence: The Most Misunderstood Facet of Executive Presence

Posted on Mon, Dec 8, 2014

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

In late August, something great happened to my 15-year-old son, Tim: He failed to make the freshman soccer team at his high school.

That led him to his contingency plan—joining the school’s Cross Country team, which doesn’t cut anyone.

The only thing was that Tim really didn’t know the first thing about Cross Country.  And all my wife and I knew was that the coach and the program had enjoyed great success over the years, so we were happy to see him have an opportunity to give it a try.

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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

Most leaders don’t make it to roles of influence without a moderate level of confidence and the ability to think rationally. But even the most successful, self-assured leaders may occasionally get stuck in patterns of negative thinking. Particularly in the face of pressure from market conditions, competitive threats, or complex change, even the most sophisticated executive can succumb to the realities of basic brain functioning. Under negative stress, our executive functioning and reasoning capabilities can be overpowered and dominated by our more primal emotional reactivity.

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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:

Executive presence is essential as the pace of business quickens, companies expand globally, markets grow more competitive, and change continues to dominate our lives. Leaders with strong executive presence will be the ones best prepared to guide their organizations through dauntingly rapid movement and complexity.

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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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Posted on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

Getting on a commuter jet from Minneapolis to my next stop, I noted with relief the seat next to me was empty. I'd had an unusually pleasant streak of flights where my bags stowed easily in the overhead, I enjoyed extra legroom, had quiet seat companions, even an empty middle seat on a coast to coast flight.  My fortunes were of course about to turn. As the flight attendant prepared for departure, a young woman with a baby and all the paraphernalia came puffing through the door, walking down the aisle, stopping at my row. "We're in here," she said, exhausted and perhaps a little apologetic.

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