The Success Delusion: Coaching For Leaders

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Is your past success inhibiting you future Success? Dr. Goldsmith tells us about, The Success Delusion. He discusses how the same belief in ourselves that has helped us become successful, can delude us into thinking that we do not need to change.

The Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Video Blog and accompanying written articles incorporate learnings from my 38 years of experience with top executives, as well as material from my previous research, articles, and books, including What Got You Here Won't Get You There, MOJO, and Coaching for Leadership. Later in the series, you'll learn about my exciting new research on engagement and my upcoming book Triggers.

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When is the Best Time to Post to Your Social Media Accounts? by Dean DeLisle

Posted by Dean R. DeLisle

This is an age old question, well, as long as social media has been around. We have also had this question in email marketing, since we send over a million emails a month for various campaigns and now thousands of posts for various campaigns and clients. We have developed a variety of posting rotation schedules and the following is what we know.

So one of the things you want to establish first is to take a look your audience. When does your audience respond best? Do they respond in the morning, afternoon, evenings, days of the week or weekends? Depending on your audience this will make all the difference in the world. There are four ways to determine this, (1) condition your audience for delivery of posts and tweets (2) ask your audience what they want (3) test and track response (4) look at competitor sites who target the same people and see when they post and their response rate (based on engagement). Now number three is needed for all cases, and number four is just a good ol’ fashioned marketing technique for any campaign. But remember, you’re also building a community around you or your business so my preference is to ask our primary target when they would like to see our posts and tweets. This builds a better sense of community and rapport with your audience.

For some additional input we have added a link from this year’s Social Media Week – enjoy and let us know how you make out with your audience and what you discover. We would love to share your success with our audience.

The Best and Worst Times to Post to Social Media Week

Read more: http://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2014/07/rules-post-social-media-content/ 

Times are shown for local audience or most relevant audience.

Facebook: End of the week is best time to post

Best time: Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Worst time: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. – After 3 p.m. on Friday

Twitter: Monday - Thursday is the best time to post.

Best time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Worst time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LinkedIn: Post before 9am or early during work week

Best time: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Worst time: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Days: Monday thru Friday and Sunday night! Some have reported Tuesday and Thursday are also optimal days.

Whatever your platform or makeup of your social network, remember that if you have a great relationship with your community they will tune-in and tell you when is the best time to post!

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The Six Question Process: Coaching For Leaders

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The Six Question Process:

Dr. Goldsmith explains, The Six-Question process for coaching. This approach works consistently well with senior executives and their teams to create alignment throughout the organization.

Marshall Goldsmith is a proud member of and partner with the WABC. In both 2011 and 2013 he was ranked as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World – and the highest ranking executive coach – at the biennial Thinkers 50 ceremony in London. He was also the recognized in 2011 as the World’s Most Influential Leadership Thinker. Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 34 books, including the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

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What’s your story about the future? by Melinda Sinclair

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Hurtling or dancing?

Hurtling towards a scary future. Or learning to dance on the edge with new possibilities. What comes to mind for you when you think about the future? Which of these two images best captures it for you?

These two images tell very different stories about our experience of moving to the future.  They both capture something real and true. And yet, which one we choose as the dominant story to live into can have a profound impact on our lives. To be intentional about the future we are shaping day by day, choice by choice and action by action, it is important that we reflect on our stories about the future and that we choose the story that we want to guide us carefully.


Hurtling towards a scary future

There is little doubt that our world is changing faster and in more profound ways than any one of us can quite fathom. And this change is often experienced as moving us towards more complexity, confusion ambiguity, uncertainty, even chaos. The image of hurtling towards a scary future  (from a Sunday times headline of a few years ago) captures something of the sense of being “out of control” we experience at times as we deal with our world.

No matter what our role or place in life, we cannot escape the disconcerting impacts of change. As a leader in an organisation, as a parent supporting children to find their way in the world, as a professional trying to map out a career, or simply a human being trying to live a good live  - we all feel the turbulence. Sometimes we truly despair and fear the worst. Indeed, it often feels as if the best we can do is to brace ourselves as we’re hurtling out of control towards the cliff of a scary future.

Giving in to a sense of despair is the big danger inherent in this story about the future. It is a story of hopelessness and lack of control. When we succumb to the doom and gloom view inherent in this story, we essentially give up – or we implode. At best, we make our lives smaller and smaller. We hunker down to survive without even asking ourselves honestly “to what end”.

Dancing on the edge with new possibilities

The other image tells a much more positive and hopeful story. It evokes a sense of play and adventure, a sense of openness to what might come. Inserting the word “learning” into the story makes it not a passive process, but an intentional process we can actively participate in.

This second image is a play on a book title Dancing at the Edge. Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century (by Maureen O’Hara and Graham Leicester, published in 2012 by the International Futures Forum.) Here’s short quote from the back cover of the book that speaks to the “subtle discipline required of ‘persons of tomorrow’:

“They are the people among us who inhabit the complex and messy problems of the 21st century in a more expansive way than their colleagues… They dance at the edge.”

The image of learning to dance at the edge contains no more certainty than the other image of hurtling towards the future.

The story does not dispute or deny that change is happening at an ever faster rate, or that some of what is happening  is truly scary. We’re still on that edge, and dancing there is risky.

The story inherent in our second image differs in at least two crucial ways, however, from the story in the first image. First, it holds open the frame that the future holds many possibilities that we could engage with, not just disaster. Second, it shifts us away from the sense of hopelessness and complete lack of control implicit in the first image towards a more intentional and active engagement. We are not just helpless passengers hurtling our way to a scary future; we can choose to learn how to be active players and dancers that engage with the many possibilities of the future.

Choosing our story

Our story about the future we live into is not neutral. It shapes our feelings about the future.  It helps shape our choices and our actions  – and in so doing, it helps shape the very future that’s coming into being around us.

So what is the future story you are living? How well does that story serve you?  What is the future story you would like to live into? And what will it take for you to step into that story?

If we want to be future smart, it is vital that we carefully consider the future story we’re living into and choose one that holds the greatest potential for good outcomes. This holds true in all contexts personally, professionally, organizationally and in all our broader communities.

The vital element is a willingness to learn, to cultivate in ourselves the mental frames and capacities that will give us the best chance to thrive tomorrow. And for us to encourage and support others – those we lead, parent, teach, coach – to cultivate these qualities in themselves.


The good news is that there is a rich conversation about this very issue, with lots of thoughtful wisdom about what we need to cultivate in ourselves to become more future smart. While there is no way to know what the future will bring, we can have a fair degree of confidence in at least some of the internal capacities we need to grow to be active dancers on the edge of possibilities. All it will take -  and I know that this is no small thing – is to be willing to be a learner in a whole new way.

We ARE shaping the future, whether we are aware of it or not. It is vital that we develop the skills and capabilities that will allow us to be shapers of a positive future, in the face of the tremendous change and challenge that the future presents us with. 

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