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Susan Combs

Susan Combs is a professional credentialed coach who helps clients enhance their leadership skills. She manages corporate mentor programs, the ATHENA WIN Executive Connections groups and Leadership Lansing. She is a licensee of the Fit Leader Program. Visit SusanCombsCoaching.com.

Susan Combs


Workplace Well-Being: Prepare yourself, your team for success

As summer rolls into view, many of us are planning our annual summer break from the workaday world, which is exactly what is needed to renew focus on our per…

From the Source: Successful Women Entrepreneurs Offer Advice

In this edition of 517 Magazine focused on women in leadership and business, I asked two fellow women entrepreneurs some questions about starting their own b…

Getting Ready for 2024: Four Facets of Leadership Fitness

As we wind down 2023, we start to think about goals for the new year.  My colleague, David Chinsky, developed a leadership model call the Fit Leader’s Pro…

Questions with purpose: Educing information and ideas is all in the phrasing

What makes a good question?  In my 20 years as a coach and consultant, I’ve worked with many clients and organizations to think about the types of questio…

Pause and Refresh: Recharging for Greater Productivity

During a recent lunch with a former colleague who is also a longtime executive vice president of human resources, she mentioned that she was proactively star…

Buttressing Culture Collapse

With the shift to remote and hybrid work, there is a nagging worry among leaders about culture collapse in their organizations. However, a new Gallup poll pr…

Send in the SWOT Team

Google “strategy” and you will find a lot of different templates and options for developing a business strategy. A tried-and-true place to start in brainstor…

Building a Team: Four Stages of Development Hold True

It takes time for a team to gel. Some studies show we spend 60% of our time with teams. When building a new team, it is often helpful to remember the four st…

Behavior from the Top will be Emulated Among Other Leaders

One of my new coaching clients is a plant manager who is struggling with high turnover on his team. He is fabulous on the metrics side — getting quality prod…

Latest Generation Brings New Values Set to the Workplace

It seems like just yesterday organizations were all abuzz about millennials: How do we recruit them, retain them and motivate them? Well, those millennial…