Have you ever caught yourself wondering why you can’t get over a setback, a mistake (yours or someone else’s), a conflict or a big change? Sometimes we easily shrug off frustrations or difficulties. Other times, they really get under our skin. We may stay stuck in frustration even as we […]
One of my clients reached out to me recently because he is unhappy with his new job. He hasn’t yet developed a strong relationship with his boss and doesn’t want to come across as whiny. He is struggling with how to have the conversation, especially since he isn’t ready to […]
It’s a brand-new year. Of course, we never know exactly what’s ahead. But I can tell you a couple of things for certain: First, you’ll deal with change in some form in your job this year. But you can still have an impact no matter how much changes if you […]
Several of my executive coaching clients have expressed frustration recently that people think they’re playing favorites. They didn’t realize that how — and with whom — they spend their time sends powerful messages.
Leaders often forget they’re in an “invisible spotlight.” Their teams notice their choices, including who gets the most […]
As you may know, I’m a huge supporter of United Way and have been volunteering with this organization for years. At a recent United Way Tocqueville event in Dallas, I had the rare opportunity to hear Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson speak. As he shared what he had learned from […]
Over the past few months, I have found myself coaching several leaders facing major transitions and stress. Financial pressure has resulted in one or more rounds of restructuring. With fewer resources, achieving their business targets requires more from leaders who remain. With so much uncertainty in the environment, these leaders […]
I can’t believe it’s been over seven years since I started my business. When I left Deloitte, I was mentally and physically exhausted and knew I needed some space to figure out what was next. I am so grateful for each of my 14 years at that company, which helped […]
Can you believe 2015 is almost over? Thank you so much for reading our blog posts and sharing your thoughts about them on social media. It’s been a busy year, so I wanted to count down 2015’s most popular posts to make sure you didn’t miss any of these valuable […]
I’m always surprised at the number of companies where their culture is to communicate indirectly. A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. workers about communication issues that hamper leadership found something striking: 57 percent of respondents complained that their leaders do not […]
Whether you’re looking for a job, aiming for a promotion or simply cultivating improving your leadership effectiveness, you need executive presence. People define executive presence in so many ways — but we definitely know it when we see it. Strong executive presence means that you “show up” in a […]
A key theme I have found with high performers is a thirst for self-development. Throughout your career, you will have a variety of options to boost your professional growth. So what makes sense for you given the investment of time and money? During my 14-year career at Deloitte, I attended […]
Passion motivates us to work hard, to innovate, to drive changes and to accomplish more than we ever thought we could. However, when overused, it can intimidate or drive people away. Is your passion working for or against you?
When Passion Pushes Others Away
A recent executive coaching client is smart and […]
Influence: You know you want more of it, but do you have a plan for building it? Last week, we talked about the different facets of influence, a key leadership skill. I asked you to pay attention to how you’re doing in four areas: credibility, connection to the big picture, […]
Last week, we talked about how leaders can help a “stuck” employee improve. This week, let’s take a look at the same situation from the employee’s perspective: What can you do when a boss isn’t happy with your work, but isn’t giving you the information and performance feedback you need […]
You’ve heard me make the case for “tastefully tooting your own horn” as a way to build your personal brand. Well, recently, I got a chance to take this to a whole new level for myself – one way outside my comfort zone.
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 […]
Continuing our theme this month of “Be Bold – Be Unique,” I’d like to highlight my colleague Debbie Storey. Debbie is senior vice president talent development and chief diversity officer at AT&T. Debbie leads AT&T’s efforts to foster an inclusive workforce and develop diverse talent. She also participated in our […]
Recently, I have done several radio and podcast interviews and have had many mentoring conversations. All of this has forced me to think about what I’ve learned and what’s guided me in my career. Identifying what’s worked for you is the first step toward repeating your successes, because it allows […]
As part of our Texas Women in Business sponsorship on WBAP/KLIF, we asked Donna Epps to share her insights. Donna is a partner in the Deloitte Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, the national leader of the Anti-Fraud Consulting group, and Co-Leader of Deloitte’s Governance, Risk and Compliance […]
As leaders, we depend on the ability to influence those around us to garner support, drive organizational changes, and execute on our day-to-day responsibilities. If you’ve been feeling less than influential lately, start by evaluating your approach.
The Center for Creative Leadership identifies three tactics for influencing: Head, Heart and Hand.