Delivering feedback is one of the most challenging and most important things leaders do. Usually we think about feedback in terms of our direct reports, but your boss may need some, too. After all, your boss has a big impact on how you and others work. Today, we’ll look at […]
If you wanted to leave your job tomorrow for another opportunity, would someone on your team be ready to fill in the gap?
The answer to that question matters not just to your employer, but to your career advancement.
With so much corporate emphasis on short-term results, succession planning often doesn’t get […]
When I started Newberry Executive Solutions in 2008, I didn’t have a specific brand or company in mind that I wanted to emulate, but I did come from a company with a very strong brand – Deloitte. I learned a lot from my 14 years of consulting, coaching and leadership […]
Here’s a situation I run into a lot with my executive coaching clients: A client wants something at work, whether it’s a raise, a new leadership role, a coveted assignment or the go-ahead to launch a new project. She knows that what she wants is reasonable and workable.
But she won’t […]
Does it feel like time for a change in your career? There’s one simple strategy for career shifts that many of us overlook. It’s one I didn’t consider early on in my career but that I used three times during my 14 years at Deloitte.
It is really this simple: Explore […]
We all run up against our fears from time to time. Recently, I’ve been helping clients work through fears around transitions. For some clients, the fear is around wanting to leave their current company, and what might happen if they did. But that same fear can come up even when […]
Last week was a big one for me.
I participated in a two-day conference with Ali Brown, a self-made multi-millionaire who works with women entrepreneurs. I did this because I wanted to learn more about the challenges and strategies at that level and to be with a peer group of women […]
Are you taking on a new or bigger leadership role in the coming year? As my clients as continue to step up and show what they can do, many of them find themselves in this situation. Although a promotion, stretch assignment, or new role can be exciting, it often comes […]
We’re all looking for the edge to be more productive. And I have good news: Over and over, I’ve seen one simple technique make a huge difference for my executive coaching clients when they try it.
If you’re ready to step up your game from simply doing well to truly excelling, […]
A client I’ve worked with about six months just got some great news: a promotion! I’m very proud of her, especially because she had just gone through an experience that had shaken her confidence. When a new role left her battling self-doubt, we worked together to get her “back to […]
Our blog topic this month is resilience. How you bounce back from challenges big and small is one of the keys to your success — not to mention your happiness.
Sometimes finding the way forward takes some self-reflection. If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated or tired of dealing with the same problems […]
Millennials are all around us. These young, enthusiastic Generation-Y professionals are gaining a foothold in the workplace and the world. Born in the early 1980s, these workers have been viewed across a broad spectrum from adaptable and skilled multitaskers to lazy, entitled and unmanageable job hoppers. Media outlets touting “30 […]
How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far? If you are starting to falter a little or just need to make sure you’ve set yourself up for success, consider these simple ideas:
Make it Meaningful
Identify what achieving this resolution would really mean for you. What would be happening? How would […]
As this year winds down, are you racing to complete your “to-do” list or struggling to find the energy to get through those last few days before a well-deserved break?
Maintaining your energy and understanding the activities or situations that affect it are key to your success. First, simply notice what […]
We all want to be more effective and efficient in our work. The way to do that isn’t pushing harder; it’s being more strategic. Here are three ideas to try.
Plan for the unplanned.
I often hear people say that they have trouble finding the time to get things done because of […]
With all of the roles we play — colleagues, leaders, mentors, parents — and a long list of things to be done each day, it’s easy to let our routines take over. In the rush of it all, we may miss the subtle ways we’re undermining our effectiveness and our […]
How long has it been since you’ve thought about your strengths? As I recently coached two clients through moments of frustration and self-doubt, I’m reminded of how important it is to simply noticing the value we bring. It can be the difference between staying where you are or moving past […]
In the past month I have had the opportunity to speak, teach, coach, and meet several accomplished leaders. So, today I want to share a few words of wisdom that come from these recent interactions. I hope they will serve as important reminders for you.
“Don’t take things personally.”
Remember that someone […]
Today I had an interesting conversation with an HR leader. She called me because her company wants to hire an executive coach for one of their leaders, and she was concerned about how the leader might “take it.” We both realize that people have different perspectives about executive coaching based […]
February 8, 2012
My son recently learned to tie his shoelaces. I distinctly recall that intense look on his face as he focused so hard on each step in the process, to make sure he did it all just right. I’m sure you haven’t had to put that level of energy […]
Last week, I delivered a presentation on resilience in Dallas. At one point, I led the group through an exercise where they had to pull out the most valuable lessons they had learned from difficult situations they had successfully worked through in the past. I want to share a common […]
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a proposal for a multi-billion dollar company seeking to develop its top leaders. Of course, the minute I hit “send,” I realized I had omitted a really important fact about my experience – to the point where it grossly understated my qualifications. In […]
Have you ever found yourself sitting on the fence about something that’s really important to you? It could be related to a career decision, going for what you want personally or professionally, or making an investment in yourself.
Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a new year, full of new […]
As you know, my sweet spot is working with high performers – especially women. For those of you wondering, I do actually work with some pretty impressive men too. Regardless of gender, what I find in this group of clients is a relentless drive for results. But even with that […]
No matter what anyone says, change takes energy – whether it’s positive or negative change. We may tell ourselves that we embrace change and thrive on it, but the reality is that it can be stressful. Change often triggers fear, one of the biggest impediments to success.
So, what is fear […]
If you’re like most people, you’ve been in situations that haven’t turned out like you wanted or expected. For example, you might have been passed up for an exciting opportunity or promotion that you felt well-qualified for, or you didn’t get the pay increase you were expecting. We’ve all been […]
One of the common themes I find in coaching high performing women managers and leaders is their reluctance to ask for help. This shows up in their personal and professional lives. As you know, women are socialized to take care of others, so naturally it can be easier to put […]
Blind spots. We all have them. But do you really understand how they’re getting in the way of your success?
Let me give you an example to bring this to life. Imagine racing a high performance car. You are looking ahead, planning your next move to sustain your performance without compromising […]
Over the years, I have worked with many individuals and organizations to help them transition through major changes – even more so in this economic climate. So, whether you’re personally dealing with change or leading your organization through change, this article has tips to help you work through it more […]
Time is a precious resource that we just can’t get back, so use it wisely. Time management strategies can help, but yield minimal results if you aren’t focusing on the “right work” – areas where you can have the biggest impact on the business.
Here are three simple steps to help […]