Becoming an executive is not the success everyone dreams of attaining, and that’s okay.
If you think it might be for you, or if you’re already there, you need to be aware that the rules change as you move up the ladder.
My 2024 Word of the Year I’ve zeroed in on my new word for the year. And I’m right on schedule, since it usually takes me most of January. I pulled my inspiration from the book, The Go-Giver. In it, authors Bob Burg and John David Mann outline “Five Laws of...
The Transformative Power of Gratitude I love that the annual holiday season begins with Thanksgiving. There are so many ways gratitude can transform our lives if we are open to it. Gratitude has the remarkable ability to shift one’s perspective from scarcity...
Leaders love nothing more than taking action. Multiply that tendency for teams of leaders! Have you ever been in a meeting of leaders where the group is picking up momentum, barreling faster and faster toward an action decision that doesn’t make sense to you?
Have you ever been told you have a "bad attitude? Have you ever told someone else that? There’s a problem with using those words, and that problem doesn’t seem to be common knowledge for managers these days. But it is common sense. Managers get it quickly when...
Don’t Believe Everything You Think
Did you know the human brain makes up stories to explain everything?
It’s also true that the majority of those stories are negative.
Have you heard of the room of a thousand demons? A friend told me about it at just the moment I needed it. My payroll person had quit. Then before we filled the opening, my benefits manager – the payroll backup – quit. My HR admin was the backup for both.
When your brain is uncomfortable... This week I’ve been thinking a lot about cognitive dissonance. I mentioned it in a recent conversation and was asked what it means. I did a just-adequate job of explaining that it’s the discomfort in your brain when you try...
”To compare is to despair”
These words of wisdom are from my own coaches this year. How often have you found yourself thinking “I can’t do that. Jane/Bob/Joe is already doing it, and doing it so well.”? I think those thoughts all the time.
Have you ever experienced a disappointing conversation with your boss? I recently had a coaching conversation with a manager who had just been through a tough performance review.
A resilient organization is so much more than a group of resilient individuals. Psychological safety at the individual level must exist in order for an organization to be resilient. In other words, they need a culture of trust.
Worked for some interesting characters during your career? Yeah, me too! By now you’ve experienced some really great bosses and some really not-great bosses. Master the art of the update to “manage up” and gain control over your work experience.