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About Rita Graziano, MA

Rita Graziano is an executive coach, providing leadership coaching as well as career advocacy consultation to many organizations. She has coached hundreds of leaders and helped thousands of individuals to make the highest possible professional contribution while achieving true job satisfaction. Her career has included several director of learning positions in high-tech companies, as well as many years as a successful independent consultant to companies in a variety of industries. Major companies with whom Rita has worked closely include Intel, The Clorox Company, Sprint, New United Motors, eBay, Cargill, Apple Computer, PG&E, Ross Stores, HP, NetApp, Nvidia and many others. Rita holds an MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University and has done Doctorate work in Human and Organization Systems with The Fielding Institute. She has served as t-group facilitator for the Stanford University Graduate School of Business MBA program.

Steven Craig: Voice of the Leader Series

5 Steps to Courageous Leadership Today!

Audacious - Undaunted – Heroic – Extraordinary – Daring…. Leadership: we admire it by any of these descriptors because of the element of risks taken and surmounted. Fear conquered, risks rewarded, courage prevailed. We not only admire it but aspire to it – in order to set ourselves apart as leaders beyond the easy and [...]

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Organization CHANGE…5 Truths

Perhaps the old saying about “death and taxes” needs revising. What we can inevitably count on today – all of us – is change. In many organizations we have developed the ability to talk about, model and organize projects around “change”. It’s not new news anymore when we talk about changes happening in our work [...]

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Kurt Richarz: Voice of the Leader Series

  Here's a transcript of the conversation: Rita:    Welcome to the Avanti Leadership Group’s Voice of the Leader series. This is our inaugural video so I’m really, really excited to be here with Kurt Richarz, a very accomplished senior executive. Welcome, Kurt. I wonder if you could give us a little bit of background on [...]

The Leadership Journey Roundtable September 2016

The Toughest Leadership of All Presented by our guest speaker, Louis Chicoine. Here are notes from this great get together: What techniques work in influencing for positive cultural change? Cultivate a carefully chosen group of advocates to help influence the larger group Aim high Listen to the motivations of those you want to influence “Pilot” a [...]

Self-Aware Leaders Ignite Team Creativity

But how does that work? It is worth exploring the connection between self-awareness and creativity. Leaders can tap that well-spring of creativity and innovation within themselves and their team members by understanding how the connection works. First, just what does self-awareness do for a leader? Among other things, it removes blind spots that undermine possibilities. [...]

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Should an Under-Valued Leader Leave?

3 Questions to ask yourself if you are that leader. Being a leader is not an easy or simple role. It is complex, difficult, ever-changing and also can be highly rewarding. As a leader, should you make a change if you feel under-valued in your current company? What about the risks of leaving something known [...]

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Do You Know What Your Stakeholders Think of You?

A leader’s self-awareness seldom happens through hoping for the best. Self-awareness comes from actively seeking input, asking the right questions, and listening. In your role as leader you have myriad stakeholders who influence your effectiveness as a leader and impact the outcome of your work. Do you know the perceptions these stakeholders have of you [...]

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12 Questions That Make One-to-One Meetings More Meaningful

Leaders, Are you Stuck in 1:1 “Ground Hog Day”? Leaders often look very surprised when I tell them that their team members remember conversations they’ve had with their boss for a long time. And when those conversations are meaningful, they go home and share what was said with their spouses. Many team members feel a [...]

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Strengths-Based Employee Development Report Highlights

Bad news for nay-sayers, punishers and “spare the rod, spoil the child” advocates! The highlights in Gallup’s July 2016 report Strengths-Based Employee Development: The Business Results, tell a fascinating story. •  Managers account for 70% of variance in engagement across business results •  Gallup studied strengths-based practices for 1.2 million employees globally •  Strengths-based companies [...]

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