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FROM THE EDITOR

Coming to Terms with the New Normal

By Sarah McArthur

With a new year and a new decade, we all find a new normal with which we must come to terms. No longer is it "news" that we are living in a rapidly changing interconnected world, communicating and working with others globally at speeds many of us never dreamed possible.

How do we navigate the "New Normal"? That's a great question with which to start this decade and this first issue of Business Coaching Worldwide for 2010. And it's one to which you'll find many answers as you read through the articles in this outstanding issue.

We begin with a fascinating case study, "Shanghai Motors: A Case Study in GeoleadershipTM. In this feature article, Dr. E. S. Wibbeke and Dr. Cynthia Loubier-Ricca explore how national culture influences business leadership decision making . Freddie Ray contributes the Success Story, "Real Estate Leadership:  Coaching for Growth Amidst a Changing Market," an account of a real estate leader facing the challenges of the unprecedented downturn and recent economic turmoil head on. Omar Khan and Maggie van de Griend reveal how it is possible to lead for the best possible return on crisis (ROC) in their Get the Edge article, "A New Twist on an Old Concept: Return on Crisis (ROC). The Hot Topic article, "Sustainability—The Impossible Dream," is an interesting take on organizational sustainability and life cycles by Jeffrey L. Balash. Finally we've added a new section, Social Media Mania by social media expert Dean DeLisle. In this issue, Dean reveals "How to Use Online Social Networks to Grow Your Coaching Practice."

You may notice a few changes and additions to our regular columns. Dr. Sunny Stout Rostron has taken a decidedly optimistic turn, changing her column's title to On the Sunny Side. Holly G. Green, too, has shifted her stance and is going to share with us how Moving Swiftly with Focus & Flexibility will help us succeed in this new decade.

Two new columns have been added. The first, Unwilling Bedfellows by Dr. Sabine Dembkowski and Fiona Eldridge, explores the great challenges when the private sector meets the public sector. The second, Global Leader Development by Jeremy Solomons, will focus on what leaders can do to be effective on a global level.

And we continue with tried-and-true favorite Dr. Fink in Ask the Expert by Dr. Laurence S. Lyons. This issue's article is a fabulous "study in logic," not to be missed. Dr. Annette Fillery-Travis describes the passionate get-together of nearly 30 practitioner researchers and its amazing benefits in her column Based on the Evidence. And, finally, Marshall Goldsmith hands us the keys to finding our mojo and rediscovering success after a difficult couple of years in his column Coaching Great Leaders.

For me, on a personal note, I am very pleased to begin this new year and this new decade with the publication of my new book, co-edited with Marshall Goldsmith and John Baldoni. Entitled The AMA Handbook of Leadership, it is a collection of previously unpublished essays by some of the world's greatest thought leaders on leadership, some of whom are also contributors to Business Coaching Worldwide!

With this first issue of Business Coaching Worldwide 2010, we have a great start to a Happy New Year!

Sarah McArthur is editor of Business Coaching Worldwide. Founder of *sdedit, Sarah has nearly two decades of experience in publishing as a development and managing editor and writer. With numerous books and articles to her credit, she has become an expert in the fields of management, leadership, executive coaching and human resources. Her most recent book is The AMA Handbook of Leadership, co-edited with Marshall Goldsmith and John Baldoni. Contact Sarah.



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