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An “Unnecessary” Ski Lesson

Posted on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

Our family of four just got back from a ski vacation in Big Sky, Montana.  Skiing out west has been a family tradition for many years, but this trip felt a little more special than usual: My daughter, Hannah,  is a senior in high school, so when she goes off to college the kids won’t have the same vacation week anymore.  So our thinking is that we just won’t do a ski trip again for at least five years.

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Your Future CEO is Today’s Trivia Crack Champ

Posted on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

By Karen Marinella, Principal

On a recent snowy weekend in the mountains of Vermont, my husband’s extended family had gathered to enjoy a weekend of skiing, snowshoeing, and lots of conversation gathered around a roaring fire. All of the nieces and nephews were racing around the house enjoying a good old-fashioned winter getaway weekend complete with marshmallows, hot chocolate, and board games. 

Well… no board games, actually.  

The “hot” game of this weekend was not Scrabble or Monopoly but Trivia Crack—the most downloaded game app in December 2014, modeled after the old Trivial Pursuit game that many of us were addicted to back in the 1980s.  

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Dealing with the Challenges of Remote Interviews: How to be Authentic When You Aren’t Face-to-Face

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

By Karen Marinella, Principal

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Tags: Media

Executive Presence: Why it's so Tricky to Address

Posted on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

By Bill Macaux, Senior Vice President, Executive Development

Much of what we learn about leadership comes by simply observing others and through informal conversation with those more experienced and pract

iced than we are. But when it comes to something like executive presence - something so all-encompassing, nuanced, and intuitive – it’s difficult for even the most perceptive and fluent leaders to offer as much specific and actionable advice as they or we might like.

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Survey Says: The Perils of One-Way Communication

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

A few years ago, our family flew from Boston to Iceland for a two-week vacation.  The flight is only 4 ½ hours, so I was happy enough to occupy myself by reading while sampling some chocolate-covered licorice—a popular Icelandic treat.

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Tags: Building Influence, Communication

The Constellation of Presence: Appreciating What Makes Leaders Shine

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

By Meghan McGrath, Marketing and PR Associate

In fourth grade, I met one of the most influential people in my life thus far, a leader who shaped my character and helped me become the adult that I am today. It was my soccer coach – Mr. Maccini.

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Tags: executive presence, Discover Your CEO Brand

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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Doing the Right Thing

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

 

I was leading an executive presence seminar and asked a young leader to come to the front to share a story he'd told in his breakout session about boss he admired. A couple of years earlier, this young leader had been assigned the task of analyzing the competitive landscape for launching into a brand new market after a recent acquisition. The company had estimated it could leverage the resources of this new company to quickly produce a new product and, within a year or two, become number one or two.   

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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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