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 […]
To lead well, you need influence. Over the years, I’ve found that truly influential people have these four things in common.
1. They Demonstrate Credibility
This is the big one. Influence starts with credibility. Without it, you can’t effectively influence, no matter what approach you take. If you’re not sure whether […]
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 […]
It’s a trap I see leaders fall into all too often. They have a team member who just doesn’t deliver. But they keep tolerating it.
What holds them back?
“I just don’t have the time or energy to deal with this (the problem employee) right now.”
“There are bigger […]
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 […]
Can you believe it’s mid-October already? We’re in the home stretch of 2016 now, which means a final push at work before the holidays and then weeks of celebrations and activities that can be both fulfilling and exhausting.
It’s time to think about maintaining or even boosting your energy for the […]
One of my executive coaching clients didn’t know what to make of the new team he was leading. They kept coming to him to ask for approval and guidance on things he felt they should be able to handle. What was going on here?
Your first days as the leader of […]
I’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and I’m sure a lot of you are enjoying some vacation time as well.
Time away from work does wonders to help you recharge, keep things in perspective, and show up at your best. I recommend unplugging as much as you can while you’re […]
Recently, I had the chance to see Brené Brown speak about her well-known book, “Daring Greatly.” She talked about vulnerability, which she defines as allowing yourself to be “seen” when the outcome is uncertain.
This really resonated with me, especially since I coach executives on how to show up with authenticity and […]
We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear. Our articles about giving feedback to employees — whether you’re dealing with a difficult situation or complimenting them on a job well done — are consistently among our most popular. That’s why we’re collecting our favorite blog posts on feedback and appreciation into […]
Plenty has been written about how to come out ahead in negotiations. But there’s a key step that doesn’t receive much attention even though it can be the difference between getting what you want and walking away empty-handed.
That “missing link” in the negotiations process is preparing for how you might […]
You probably have some go-to strategies for when you need more energy, from listening to upbeat songs to squeezing in an extra workout to hitting your favorite coffee shop.
Have you thought, though, about the energy you surround yourself with? The people we’re around regularly have a huge effect on whether […]
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 […]
Some high performers have a surprising blind spot.
They excel in many areas. They advance and get raises. But a gap in their people skills holds them back from being as successful as they could be.
We’re not talking about major tantrums or tirades here. Instead, a pattern emerges over time in […]
We all encounter difficult people or situations that leave us frustrated, especially as we’re trying to get more done with fewer resources. Fortunately, you get to choose how you want to show up regardless of how others show up. Keeping this in mind can ground you and keep you centered […]
Happy 2016! As we wrapped up 2015, I posed three questions to help you distill lessons from 2015 and leave behind unwanted baggage. Now, it’s time to look forward and get specific about what you want out of this year. If you haven’t already done so, take time this week […]
Each year brings happiness and excitement as well as painful experiences we would rather forget. Before you put 2015 to rest, I want to challenge you to reflect about the year by answering these three questions:
1. What has been the biggest lesson you learned in 2015?
One of my biggest lessons […]
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 […]
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 push […]
What’s the No. 1 leadership quality when it comes to engaging employees? Providing lots of feedback? Inspiring them constantly with your vision? Implementing generous recognition or training programs?
Actually, it’s something much simpler. In her research, Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, found that treating […]
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, […]
We’re talking about building your influence this month. Last week, I explained why you need an influential network. This week, I want to help you zero in on what kind of influencer you want to be.
“Being influential” can mean different things to different people. These questions will help you take […]
Influence is a key leadership skill, and we’ll be talking about it throughout April. I want to kick off the discussion by looking at a blind spot some women have around influence: the power and influence of their network.
As an executive coach who specializes in working with high-performing women leaders, […]
One of the biggest mistakes I see among my executive coaching clients is confusing position and influence. They aren’t the same thing, although a person’s position could potentially increase his or her influence.
Remember that although titles on the org chart can be helpful, they don’t tell the full story of […]
I’m always amazed at what high performers get done from day to day and week to week. In the flurry of it all, I typically find that they invest so much time and energy on business results and working with others but very little in themselves.
If this sounds like you, […]
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.
At the tail end of 2014, I found […]
Welcome back to work! If you’re still looking for an impactful practice to integrate into your life in 2015, let me suggest gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most powerful ingredients in your recipe for happiness and success. One thing that has really hit home for me lately is the […]
In the hubbub of your holiday season, I hope there’s been room for one very important non-material gift you can give your yourself: the gift of some time and space to get clarity.
I’m a firm believer in downtime, but that wasn’t always the case. In my first few years as […]
In October, we’ve been working with the theme of relationships. In our first post of the month, I challenged you to identify your most important relationships at work and focus on improving the ones that were a little rocky.
How did that go for you? Using the approach below, let’s take […]
This month, we’re talking about strengthening your leadership by building your relationships. That topic may get you thinking about how you interact with your boss, your peers and directs, but there’s another relationship that has a huge impact on your success — and it’s one you may be ignoring.
I’m talking […]