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How Metrics Can Be a Driving Force

  
  
  
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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.

Sales Lessons from a College Tour

  
  
  
college tour

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.

Challenge-Development Curve Q & A

  
  
  
Challenge Development Curve WB with Title

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.

The Five-Second Rule for Creating PowerPoint Visuals

  
  
  
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By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

Earlier this summer, I attended a conference and saw a presentation that was memorable—but not in a good way.

The Importance of Amplifying Executive Presence

  
  
  
Amplifier

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.

The Look of Leadership: Five Style Tips for Men

  
  
  
men's style tips

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.

Six Great Ways to Start Your Presentation

  
  
  
Great Ways to Start (3)

By Meghan McGrath, Marketing and PR Associate

Are You Reading This? Summer Reading Recommendations for Leaders

  
  
  
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Dealing with Dilemmas

  
  
  
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By Michael Seitchik, Associate

The other day I took my two grandchildren out for a walk. My four-year-old grandson was riding his bike, and my two-year-old granddaughter was riding in a coach.  After three blocks, my grandson got tired of riding his bike and wanted to join his sister in the two-person coach.  No problem. But then my granddaughter wanted to ride the bike. Not only was the bike way too big for her, but she didn’t know how to ride a bike!

What Matters When You're Leading Leaders

  
  
  
Scott Soccer

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

A few weeks ago, my five-year career of coaching youth soccer came to an end.  My son will be starting high school in the fall, and our town’s soccer program ends after kids complete eighth grade. 

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