Category Archives: Coaching

Encourage Employees to Learn by Sharing Your Own Growth

For those of you who manage people, one of the suggestions in this article is to, upon returning from a training event, share with your employees what you have learned. I endorse this approach. It doesn’t have to be a formal presentation requiring extensive preparation. It doesn’t have to be a long and comprehensive session either. It should however be conducted as soon as you return to work, while the key concepts are still fresh in your mind, and before you return into the usual problem-solving mode. Your employees will appreciate it and grow through this practice.

What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person

It may sound simplistic, but think about those traits that make you admire a person. Probably those same traits will make you admire a leader. The opposite is presumably true as well: those characteristics found in people you dislike will likely be found in leaders you don’t like.
I invite you to look for those positive traits you see in good people (and leaders), and aim to adopt them in both your personal and professional roles.

What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person.


The Myth Of The Rational Leader – Why Spock Could Never Run A Business

Traditional business KPIs are necessary, but may not be sufficient, to be a successful leader. Feelings and emotional intelligence play a key role to complement the rational side of leadership.

An International Career: The Biggest Adventure of Your Life?

Are you interested in an international career, perhaps like the one I have had, working abroad for such companies as Procter & Gamble, IBM, and Microsoft, and now as an international coach and consultant? If that is your dream, here are some tips, extracted from a workshop I recently held in Peru.

Let’s start with the basics. Following are the three most common types of international careers:

  1. Work in another country with local, regional, or global responsibilities.
  2. Work from your country with clients or responsibilities from another country.
  3. Perform work that requires constant trips abroad.

An international career is a life choice. To achieve this goal and be successful, consider the following five steps:

  1. Develop a plan to meet your international career goal:
    1. Set the goal within your long-term career aspirations, and ensure it is compatible with your personal goals.
    2. Develop an action plan and create a tracking system to monitor your progress.
    3. Be 100 percent accountable for your plan.
  2. Crystallize what you want in an international career. Are you looking for professional growth? Improved compensation? Or to learn about other cultures?
  3. Know how to position yourself as an international candidate:
    1. Find a job or occupation that allows you to work in a global labor market.
    2. Build an international network leveraging LinkedIn, targeting the geographies, industries, and companies you’re interested in.
  4. Develop a unique value proposition. Why should an international company hire you instead of a local candidate? Pinpoint the capabilities, experiences, and personal traits that will make you stand out.
  5. Become a “professional student,” and never stop learning. Here are some areas in which you can increase your knowledge:
    1. Research the courses, best practices, industry trends, and leading companies in your target field.
    2. Learn foreign languages and cultures, especially those related to your target countries.
    3. Study information technology in your target field, and make sure you are up to date with the latest in personal communication as well.

One half of my life has been spent in the international arena, and the trend is likely to continue. What has worked for me? Seeing the glass half-full and not half-empty, learning English as a second language, adapting to the countries I have lived in, being open to change, and, last but not least, ensuring my wife and three kids were happy wherever we went.

If I had to do it all over again, I would probably follow the same international path. It has been the biggest adventure in my life.

Percy M. Cannon

The 7 Practices You Need To Build Trust With The Most Important People In Your Life

Good tips for building trust with other people. When joining a new company or team, it helps to make a proactive effort to know the other persons and have them get to know you. Otherwise, trust will likely take very long to be built, if it ever does.

The Best LinkedIn Backgrounds And How To Create Yours

I recently had the opportunity to speak about the importance of a strong LinkedIn presence within an International Careers talk. I highlighted the top three elements to focus on: picture, headline and background Image. The attached article mentions a fourth (summary).

Beyond the importance of having a background image that is coherent with the image you are trying to project, I picked up new tip today: to consider updating this background image on a regular basis.

In any event, do not keep the default background image from LinkedIn. Use your own.

How Breaking Out Of Comfort Zones Can Help Leaders Grow Professionally

Good advice to stretch ourselves outside our comfort zone. Try something new this week, either within or outside work. It will develop the muscle of feeling comfortable within new environments or situations, which can in turn help you when you encounter similar challenges at work.