First Impressions Are Powerful, But Are They Accurate?

Written by Cheryl Jacobs You only get one chance to make a first impression.  How many times have you heard this saying?  The crux of this phrase implies that first impressions are powerful, and they are. But it also implies that they can’t be changed. I was reminded recently how first impressions can be flawed, and based more on our own biases and filters versus being a true reflection of the other person. [...]

First Impressions Are Powerful, But Are They Accurate?2020-03-27T12:49:49-04:00

Focus or Refocus

Occasionally we need to stop and reboot. To determine if we need to FOCUS or RE-FOCUS how we spend our time and prioritize what we should be doing. 1. Focus on important things early in the day. When we're rested, those big and multiple tasks don't feel as overwhelming as if we wait until 4:00pm. Keep your calendar open early in the morning and dedicate your energy to that one primary thing. If you have [...]

Focus or Refocus2020-03-27T13:00:27-04:00

The Two Sides of a Coin

By Chuck Mollor, Executive Coach and Managing Partner, MCG Partners (  7.11.14 Self Acceptance and Self Development. In many ways they are the two sides of a coin. Connected, yet on opposite sides.  It can be difficult to look in the proverbial mirror and like what one sees. At some point we must accept who we are - our imperfections, sensitivities, insecurities, doubts, strengths, passions, looks, etc.  Self acceptance leads to calmness which leads to [...]

The Two Sides of a Coin2020-03-27T12:50:23-04:00

Managing Performance – The Conversation

Managing performance is a key component of every manager’s job. Successful managers collaborate with their employees to establish challenging goals at the beginning of the year and commit to consistently scheduled 1:1 meetings to review progress and provide direct feedback. Wait…what? […]

Managing Performance – The Conversation2020-03-27T12:59:00-04:00

The Art of Failing

The art of failing can be as nimble as catching your balance on an unstable bike or as elegant as improvising a performance while blanking on stage. Failure is part of life but many of us are wired to approach and deal with failure and change differently. One’s ability to deal with risk and change are measurable behaviors. Some of us naturally are risk takers, shoot from the hip, and with no interest or attention to [...]

The Art of Failing2020-03-27T13:00:50-04:00

Compass for Change

Heather Kennedy-Vice President508.279.0400heather.kennedy@mcgpartners.netAutumn is a reflective time for me.  This time of year is a good time to think about change.  The leaves are changing. The air is changing. School is starting, which is always a change.  I like to take stock of what has happened over the past year and look ahead to the months and year to come.  As I thought about the passage of this year, my first with MCG Partners, I [...]

Compass for Change2018-05-16T20:10:49-04:00

Objective or Purpose?

Obsessing on your objective or goal – may cause you to forget your mission or purpose. In the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai , the main character, Colonel Nicholson, is a prisoner of war in Burma who leads his men to build a bridge for his Japanese captors. Nicholson is an officer of high integrity, dedicated to excellence, a great leader of people – and thus well trained to complete any mission that [...]

Objective or Purpose?2018-05-16T20:10:50-04:00

Executive Coaching: An Individually Tailored Leadership Development Program

Start-ups, non-profits, small & mid-sized companies and the Fortune 500 continue to use executive coaching to develop their leaders. The challenges – when to use coaching?  how to determine expectations and measure impact? What criteria should be used in selecting a coach? who to provide coaching to? Hopefully the following can shed some light on what I have seen in the last 30 years and what we have experienced in the last few: [...]

Executive Coaching: An Individually Tailored Leadership Development Program2018-05-16T20:10:50-04:00