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Cultural, Emotional and Practical Intelligence

November 21st, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a Latin American group on the topic of intelligence for leadership.  We all recognize that beyond the technical, functional and organizational competencies there is more required of a leader. Individuals who reach that level in the organization generally meet very well the above competencies. They get there […]

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Global Gender Issues

September 18th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

I recently had the opportunity to present at a meeting on Gender issues for a group of corporate representatives. The baseline for the discussion was a recent report put together  y Citigroup on the “Role of Women as Drivers of Global Economic Growth”. So much has been accomplished, yet so much still remains to be […]

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Communication Skills

September 5th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

In the course of numerous interviews and coaching, I’ve come to identify communication skills as one of the lowest in today’s world.   Regardless of level, tenure, industry or type of job this seems to prevail, making it really hard and lengthy to engage in assessment conversations. I find that most people are extremely lengthy in […]

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The “Soft Side” of Business

August 28th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

  I not only lived in the corporate world for 36 years, but in my line of work I get to interact with those who still do. The corporate world is synonymous to ROI, volumes, clients, markets, competition, revenues, expenses and products. That’s what we tend to consider the “hard stuff” . We use the […]

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Your career path defined by songs

April 8th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

MY LAST PROFESSIONAL DECADE IN SONGS   Maybe you’re like me…love music, dancing and find inspiration in them. I recently realized that unconsciously (at a minimum for the past decade) I have found my professional uplifting in songs. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed that in moments that have been critical to my career, […]

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What I want depends on where I’m at…

February 16th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

Clearly people work for organizations expecting support to fulfill their aspirations (e.g. financial, professional and personal). If they feel they are on the right track (environment, job, supervisor, career projection, level, salary and others), they will feel engaged and are likely to stay. However, when critical pieces are not in place they tend to passively […]

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A New Identity

January 12th, 2015, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

If you have spent many years at an organization especially if the company is large and has an overwhelming personality…you’ll have to accept you tend to minimize yours along the way. I spent 29 of my 37 years of experience in two large global organizations. Don’t get me wrong I’m ecstatic to have been associated […]

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For those too senior to confess they don’t get D&I

November 9th, 2014, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

Diversity and Inclusion has continued to increase in relevance over the last decade. Certainly the election of Barack Obama as President of the U.S. brought forth more discussions and awareness of diversity. But, so did many other topics such as DOMA and Proposition 8 for the LGBT community, the return of our soldiers from war […]

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Coaching Minorities

November 9th, 2014, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

  Coaching is meant to be transformational and inspiring. In most of the cases it is. However when you add to it the mix of diversity it becomes extremely complex. As minorities we are many times impacted by our status. Whether we like it or not, we use the behaviors of our minorities as reference […]

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An Emotionally Intelligent Leader

November 8th, 2014, by Francia Guzman, Managing Director, FBG Consulting

  I have to accept that there are some really bad leaders out there.  I’m calling a bad leader someone who mistreats their team, doesn’t provide guidance, is not willing to listen, people who are unappreciative, give no recognition but instead take credit for other people’s work.  In extreme cases I’ve heard the words “mean […]

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