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About paulheagen

I am an executive coach, advisor and confidant who helps leaders better understand, refresh or redirect their purpose in their business and personal lives. Over my 35-year career as a corporate executive, communications consultant and trusted advisor, I have guided executives through “defining moments” – those unique times when the decisions they make, the words they speak, and the qualities they exhibit can influence not only the destiny of their organization but also their own lives and careers. When it comes to my clients and my life work, I am ferociously passionate and restlessly inquisitive about uncovering the unique dreams, vision and purpose that lead to exceptional leadership.

What Does a Cooking Show Contestant Know About Leadership?

Okay, I admit it. I watch more shows on Food Network than all other channels combined (except maybe for History Channel’s Pawn Stars, purely for its historical value). I’m a foodie. It’s my attempt to watch something of more redeeming … Continue reading

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Do you have as many weaknesses as strengths? Most great leaders do.

 Take a piece of paper. Draw a line down the middle. On the left, list what you feel are your strengths as a leader. Easy, right? Now, on the right, list what you know to be your weaknesses. Are the … Continue reading

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The Path to Growth – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I was meeting with a good friend and business associate over breakfast a few weeks ago when I asked him what I ask a lot of senior executives: “What’s the biggest, unintended mistake that CEOs and business owners make?” “That’s … Continue reading

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Character in extremis — a vivid example

My blog last week contended that, since character was not a hidden trait but one that is exposed during tough times, the only way to build such character is to seek out or at least choose difficult paths in life. … Continue reading

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Character is More Than It’s Cracked Up To Be

Most of us were told that character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking.  Maybe. But here’s another thought. Character actually is what is exposed when the screws are turned down, when the heat … Continue reading

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Do We Live Like We’re Worth It?

I visited an old church graveyard this morning. It was dawn; no one else was there. Countless gravestones – some weary and weathered – were festooned with flags. While most who gave their lives in combat rest in formation in … Continue reading

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Keeping opportunities just out of reach

This is a very weird dog. I think it is the offspring of an Ewok and a hairbrush. He has a better personality than looks, but that may not be saying much. I met the dog when visiting a relative … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Multi-tasking (and why ants aren’t helped by sunscreen)

Don’t tell PETA, but I have to admit I cruelly killed little animals when I was a kid. If it assuages anyone’s horror, they were just ants. I also was not alone; a bunch of us kids did it. You … Continue reading

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Mistakes Aren’t Fatal (unless you build helicopters)

A few weekends ago, my seven-year-old grandson and I built a helicopter Not a real one; it was just Legos. I won’t bemoan the loss of imagination in the new versions of the blocks – where your job is no … Continue reading

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Funny, isn’t it?

When we listen more than talk, people say we are great conversationalists. When we ask questions rather than offer answers, they say we have good ideas. When you ask the question that feels hard to ask, they are relieved you … Continue reading

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