“Senior managers are looking for someone to give you the courage to act,” explained Duncan, my prospective executive coach. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Over the years I had turned around successively larger regional operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises, then applied that experience at North American headquarters to take tens of millions of dollars in cost out of the corporate P&L. In my current role I was having fun slaying dragons on a daily basis as one of the key actors in a much-needed transformation of a $16B business. Yet the feedback in no uncertain terms was that I could accomplish more, that my leadership effectiveness was falling short in the politically charged thickets at headquarters.