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Discover…Inspiration. Motivation. Leadership.

Your personal resource center for insights, new approaches and leadership solutions.

At ECC we listen. Certainly to each of you. We listen for insights, trends, new approaches or new resources that will inspire you to think more clearly, challenge a long held belief or provide a solution to help you and your team excel. Perhaps you’ll even find a great book for inspiration.

2019 Global Learning Exchange Recap

Nov 1 2019

A huge “thank you” to all who came out and made the 2019 Global Learning Exchange such a success! Over 130 business leaders built each other up in an intimate workshop environment of professional development and relationship-building, drawing on the research and experiences of the presenters and each other. Attendees included CHROs, heads of Talent, HR leaders, senior executives, board members, and coaches, providing multiple perspectives on how to best prepare organizations for the future. Resources from the event can be accessed below.
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Dave McKeon Joins ECC as Managing Director of its Human Resources Consulting Practice

Oct 8 2019

Executive Coaching Connections

Chicago, IL. – October 2, 2019

Executive Coaching Connections (ECC) is pleased to announce Dave McKeon as Managing Director of Human Resources Consulting Services.

Dave brings with him over thirty years of experience in Human Resources and business consulting. He has worked in both publicly traded and privately held organizations including Hewitt Associates, Frito-Lay, and Ameritech. Dave holds an M.S in Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.

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CEO Succession Ladder

CEO Succession - Planning for Success

Oct 1 2019

Rich Floersch, ECC Executive Partner

Proper succession planning at the C-Suite level is critical to keep companies on track and moving forward when executive leaders depart, whether planned or unplanned. Recent statistics are startling regarding the increasing number of CEO departures and how few companies have actually planned for their C-Suite successors. Having successfully navigated four separate CEOs successions as CHRO of McDonald's Corporation, I offer important factors to consider when embarking on CEO and C-Suite succession planning, including benefits to the organization and suggestions on how to ensure success.
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In My Experience … Visionary Innovation Requires Intention

Sep 12 2019

Kathryn Hayley, ECC Executive Partner

In today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment, the challenge is no longer to simply sell a product or service, but to deliver a memorable and desired experience – for customers, partners, and clients. In creating or improving the customer experience, the goal is to create an intimacy with customers by delivering a remarkable, differentiated, total experience that will endear customers to the product, brand, company. Such a transformation requires visionary innovation - solutions to needs or problems that may currently not exist. And such visionary innovation requires intention.
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In My Experience … Corporate Culture Drives Sustainable Business Growth and Vitality

Aug 14 2019

Bill Koch, ECC Executive Partner

In today’s fast-paced, fast-changing world of business disruptors (think AI, digital transformation, and regulatory compliance to name a few), many businesses find they must transform dramatically – and sometimes urgently -- to remain competitive or even stay alive. New products and services may be needed, significant changes in business practices required, and/or shifts in corporate culture to support new business models. When the stakes are high and the pressure is on, there’s a tendency to fall into reactive mode – and that’s a dangerous spiral. This is the moment when leadership matters most.
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Continuing the conversation: The ECC Blog

Thought provoking content to help you accelerate success, lead change and drive results.

A place to be inspired, reflect, challenge and consider new insights. We’ll help you turn ideas into reality and leadership success. Our blog will include thoughts and solutions that cover the waterfront for you, from leadership to team dynamics and what makes your organization tick… or not.

CEO Succession Ladder

CEO Succession - Planning for Success

Oct 1 2019

Rich Floersch, ECC Executive Partner

Proper succession planning at the C-Suite level is critical to keep companies on track and moving forward when executive leaders depart, whether planned or unplanned. Recent statistics are startling regarding the increasing number of CEO departures and how few companies have actually planned for their C-Suite successors. Having successfully navigated four separate CEOs successions as CHRO of McDonald's Corporation, I offer important factors to consider when embarking on CEO and C-Suite succession planning, including benefits to the organization and suggestions on how to ensure success.
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Bright Light Bulb

In My Experience … Visionary Innovation Requires Intention

Sep 12 2019

Kathryn Hayley, ECC Executive Partner

In today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment, the challenge is no longer to simply sell a product or service, but to deliver a memorable and desired experience – for customers, partners, and clients. In creating or improving the customer experience, the goal is to create an intimacy with customers by delivering a remarkable, differentiated, total experience that will endear customers to the product, brand, company. Such a transformation requires visionary innovation - solutions to needs or problems that may currently not exist. And such visionary innovation requires intention.
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In My Experience … Corporate Culture Drives Sustainable Business Growth and Vitality

Aug 14 2019

Bill Koch, ECC Executive Partner

In today’s fast-paced, fast-changing world of business disruptors (think AI, digital transformation, and regulatory compliance to name a few), many businesses find they must transform dramatically – and sometimes urgently -- to remain competitive or even stay alive. New products and services may be needed, significant changes in business practices required, and/or shifts in corporate culture to support new business models. When the stakes are high and the pressure is on, there’s a tendency to fall into reactive mode – and that’s a dangerous spiral. This is the moment when leadership matters most.
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Listen Up! How well do you listen? 12 Traits of an Effective Listener – and How it Drives Stronger Leadership

Jun 25 2019

Susan Madonia, ECC Partner

Many of us believe we are good listeners so we never really think about developing our listening skills. However, effective listening is a disciplined behavior that takes awareness and dedicated focus. And in the business world, effective listening is even harder to achieve as conversations and interactions move particularly fast amidst a sea of projects, meetings, deadlines, and business challenges.
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Effective Leadership: 5 Core Competencies that Facilitate a Growth Culture

Mar 22 2019

Libby Graves, MBA, PCC

Business today operates in a VUCA world – a military term for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. To be successful, business leaders must be highly effective not only in delivering results, but also in creating growth cultures that will drive sustainable, high-performance organizations to perform well into the future. Bob Anderson and Bill Adams (The Leadership Circle founders) have identified 5 core Creative Competencies that contribute to a leader’s effectiveness.
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Knowledge right from the source

From the technical and theoretical to the practical, these books cover the latest in how leaders are spearheading our industry.

Our coaches are more than a coach. We have many authors at ECC with the technical and theoretical expertise to provide insight and solutions that are relevant, innovative and can help impact you, and your organization. Publications cover a range of topics like accelerating performance, leadership, team dynamics and resilience. Happy reading.

The Zen Leader: 10 Ways to Go From Barely Managing to Leading Fearlessly

Feb 16 2017

Agnes Mura, MA, MCC

I wish you could know Ginny - a former NASA biophysicist, Aikido black belt, Zen priest and superb executive coach and facilitator. The most no-nonsense and most productive colleague I’ve met in ages, she has articulated in her Zen Leadership book ten “flips” of consciousness that take the labor out of coaching by redirecting leaders’ energy and attention.
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Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Nov 9 2015

Susan Camberis

Perhaps your organization already considers its associates leaders. Are they also artists? Is it possible to demonstrate artistry in every role? Author Erik Wahl believes it is.
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop

Jul 9 2015

Stuart Ralsky, Ph.D.

I read this volume with deep interest and through two sets of lenses; one as a Psychologist, and the other as an Executive Coach. I believe Cain’s basic mission in publishing this book is to bring the reader’s attention to how underutilized and undervalued introverts really are. She begins with the premise that we live in a broader value system she calls the “extrovert ideal”. That is to say, “there is an omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight.”
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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

May 21 2015

Eddie Marmol, MS

Patrick Lencioni is one of my favorite authors, having written several extraordinary business books such as The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Death By Meeting, and Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars. Lencioni is an excellent storyteller and uses fables to convey important business insights and teachings. The Advantage was published in March of 2012 and is his first book that doesn’t employ a fable format. However, it shines in its ability to organize and convey with clarity the important teachings in his previous books, including the three I mentioned above.
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Why CEO's Fail: The 11 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Climb to the Top and How to Manage Them

Apr 23 2015

Terre Tuzzolino

Why CEOs Fail? Even the authors admit, it could just as easily have been titled ‘Why Leaders Fail.’ Authors David L. Dotlich (former executive at Honeywell) and Peter C. Cairo (former professor at Columbia University) set out to answer the questions of ‘why do obviously talented leaders make poor decisions, alienate key people, miss opportunities and overlook obvious trends and developments?’ And, ‘why do leaders who genuinely want to do the right thing end up doing the wrong thing?’
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Solutions that help you get results.

Engaging the world for new and relevant solutions for leaders, teams and organizations.

We use our global resources to understand talent and leadership needs, evolving trends and leading-edge technology, in order to bring you solutions that help accelerate success. Explore our newest additions to help you and your team deliver results.

2019 Global Learning Exchange Recap

Nov 1 2019

A huge “thank you” to all who came out and made the 2019 Global Learning Exchange such a success! Over 130 business leaders built each other up in an intimate workshop environment of professional development and relationship-building, drawing on the research and experiences of the presenters and each other. Attendees included CHROs, heads of Talent, HR leaders, senior executives, board members, and coaches, providing multiple perspectives on how to best prepare organizations for the future. Resources from the event can be accessed below.
Read

Dave McKeon Joins ECC as Managing Director of its Human Resources Consulting Practice

Oct 8 2019

Executive Coaching Connections

Chicago, IL. – October 2, 2019

Executive Coaching Connections (ECC) is pleased to announce Dave McKeon as Managing Director of Human Resources Consulting Services.

Dave brings with him over thirty years of experience in Human Resources and business consulting. He has worked in both publicly traded and privately held organizations including Hewitt Associates, Frito-Lay, and Ameritech. Dave holds an M.S in Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.

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Executive Coaching Connections, LLC

Join Us on June 9 - 10: Leadership Development Conference

Apr 13 2016

Executive Coaching Connections

Executive Coaching Connections is honored to be sponsoring the 22nd Annual Leadership Development Conference hosted by The Conference Board. This year's conference is focusing on The Future of Leadership Development in a Rapidly Changing World, a topic we all can relate to.

Here is a glimpse at some of the topics that will be discussed at the event:

 

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Join Us: The 7 Spheres of Resilience

Apr 10 2015

Executive Coaching Connections

Join us: May 14, 8-10 am || The Glen Club || Glenview, IL Karsten Drath is a global Affiliate of Chicago based Executive Coaching Connections LLC. Mr. Drath, Managing Partner of Leadership Choices headquartered in Germany, will provide a global perspective on resilience from his new book "Resilience in Corporate Leadership." He will share his approach to help leaders develop and foster this important skill.
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Executive Coaching Connections, LLC

Leadership Presence & Communication Suite

Mar 11 2015

Executive Coaching Connections

Leadership Presence and Communication is the ability to be viewed as perceptive, confident, poised under pressure, decisive and communicative. This is a core characteristic that's necessary for leadership. Unfortunately, most leaders don't invest in or cultivate these critical skills. Those who inspire, motivate and guide teams through uncharted waters are in increasing demand in business today, which is why we offer 5 products that hone leadership presence and communication. This investment will help leaders influence constituencies and achieve better business results.
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