“That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.” This is a common refrain I’ve heard muttered for the past thirty years. Poorly managed meetings are the bane of everyone’s existence. At their worst, they resemble the absurdity of this year’s political debates. People are frustrated by too many meetings, too many people in […]
I was recently asked this question for a Crain’s article regarding United Airlines’ CEO Oscar Munoz who underwent a heart transplant. This is a logical question. Can he physically withstand the demands of running one of the largest and most beleaguered airlines in the world? Not being a cardiologist, I’m not in a position to […]
I was recently interviewed on Business Innovators Radio by Donna Gunter to discuss my book Amplify Your Career and Life. We had a lively conversation about managing one’s career after 50. One of the prevailing themes was how to stay relevant in an ever changing work environment. Here are four topics we covered: How to […]
Yes, for the short-term. Apparently, a recent post struck a chord. I received an email from a former colleague who is experiencing full-on bad boss behavior. Unfortunately, bad bosses are more common than good ones. Some are ineffective because they lack proper leadership training and others, quite simply are bullies. I take a very pragmatic approach […]
Do you aspire to middle management? Are you selling yourself short if you do? Many mid-level executives I work with love their job and have no aspirations to move up to the top spot.
Avoid communication breakdown with your team. Give your team an edge, by establishing protocols around when to use email, text, face-to-face, voice-to-voice, instant message and any other new platform.
When we see or feel the affects of a workplace injustice we often want to set the record straight, especially when we feel we have been unfairly treated. However, a loose tongue and a proclivity to speak the truth can manifest itself in rather salty behaviors and language that can result in one’s undoing.
Good eye contact is one of the best ways to build rapport and productive relationships in the workplace. I am reminded of this every time I conduct a coaching skills workshop for managers.
Recently Elizabeth Bernstein wrote an article in The Wall Street Journal, Thank You for Not Sharing. This struck a chord. As an Executive Coach with 25 years of frontline business experience, I can see how anxiety plays a key role in over-sharing for some individuals. However, this can be particularly disruptive in an office environment. […]
Early on in my advertising career, I was trained by some of the best people in the business. A premium was placed not only on being smart but also being prepared and anticipating the unforeseen. This training came in handy during a recent workshop I was leading.
Are you struggling to inspire action in the workplace? You may be having dead conversations. I recently discussed this important communication tool at a conference, and I pointed out the important distinctions between an active and a dead conversation.
Can cultures transcend from one organization to another. I have been following the progress of two new high profile CEO’s, Ron Johnson at JC Penney and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo.
We can become so consumed with “making the sale” that we lost sight of the fact that the people sitting before us are human being.
There is plenty of advice available on how to deal with procrastination. While the advice may be sound, they can be difficult to put into action if you haven’t uncovered the root cause of your procrastination.
Over the years, I’ve witnessed two disturbing email trends, avoiding and assaulting. While I believe email plays an important role in business, I fear its isolating and impersonal nature is having an adverse affect on how we interact professionally.
There was a time when part of the ascent up the corporate ladder meant an office. Usually this meant a corner office with room for a meeting table and even a coach and chairs. Today, the best you can hope for is a deluxe workstation that is near a window and can accommodate a place for a few people to sit.
It’s an age old clash of extroverts vs. introverts. The talkers vs. the listeners. Those who relish the spotlight and those who relish time to contemplate. I was reminded of this recently while reading a Time magazine article on introverts and shyness. For those, like me, who view themselves as having more introverted than extroverted […]