About: Kris Cavanaugh Castro

Kris Cavanaugh Castro
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Kris Cavanaugh Castro is the People Development Coach at Aepiphanni, the trusted advisor for business leaders who are seeking forward-thinking solutions to help them plan for and navigate through the challenges of business growth.  Kris has over 25 years of coaching, training and mentoring leaders to greater success; and she periodically writes about leadership development and facilitates change management conversations.

Posts by Kris Cavanaugh Castro:

Bond Without Compromising Authority | Extraordinary Business

Management is a juggling act between achieving high level performance and maintaining good working relationships with your staff.  Some people can naturally step into a management role and excel at both, but that’s often not the case.  Most times managers truly struggle with how to maintain their authority to get the results they are being paid for while at the same time making their employees feel valued.

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Retain and Engage Your B Players | Extraordinary Business

We all have a pretty good idea of what an A player is – the rising star; the person who always goes above and beyond what’s needed; and the one you can count on to consistently get things done.   The B player may demonstrate those qualities as well, but a key difference is that B players aren’t usually concerned about climbing the corporate ladder – which makes it harder to keep them engaged and retain them for years at a time.

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Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions | Extraordinary Business

The human element is probably the hardest part of leading a team.  Despite good intentions and excellent plans, the people on your team may have bad days, may not live up to your expectations, and may totally frustrate you in ways you didn’t even know possible.  The way a leader manages his/her own emotions during those difficult times is absolutely critical to the long-term success of your team.

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Smart Leaders Allow Their Teams to Fail Occasionally | Extraordinary Business

Take a minute and imagine being in a meeting listening to your team come up with a variety of plans to achieve a goal.  As each team member makes a suggestion, you are silently evaluating their plan for innovation and potential disasters as a smart leader.  Two of the three ideas are good and will probably be effective, but the third plan – the one they all seem excited about – is fraught with hidden challenges that will drive them crazy.  You sit back and ask the team to vote on which idea they will move forward with, knowing they will most likely choose the third option.  And when they pick #3, what will you do?

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Sleep Better, Lead Better | Extraordinary Business

The leader of a team sets the tone for the team…and the larger the organization, the more “tones” you can run into as you walk from one side of an office to another.

We all know research states 8 hours as the optimum amount of sleep to achieve each night, but I don’t know too many people who actually experience that on a regular basis (including myself).

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How to Do 2x As Much in Half the Time

Your business is your “baby” and just like any child, you do whatever it takes to care for it until it develops into a healthy “adult.”  Businesses generally have 6 growth stages – Survival is the “baby” stage and Sustainability is the fully grown “adult” stage.  There is a hidden gem that most business owners oversee – managing their time.

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Why Introverts Make Great Leaders | Extraordinary Business

There is a common myth that leaders must be extroverted in order to be successful.  Not only is that inaccurate, it’s not even realistic.  If that were true, introverts like Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg would never have developed the amazing companies they have today.

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How Extraordinary Leaders Reach Their Potentials | Extraordinary Business

Has your professional growth hit a ceiling…and you don’t even know it?

That’s the very question Michelle Vitus and Christy Tonge ask in their latest article for TLNT.  Vitus and Tonge’s observation is right on point: “In the tech sector, as in other industries, many bright, competent professionals sail through their early careers, only to plateau a few years later due to under-developed and highly coachable soft skills like self-awareness, consensus-building and executive presence.”
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