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Scared does NOT mean Not-Qualified


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Scared is OK, disqualifying yourself is not

If you want to move forward in your life, you will be scared sometimes, particularly when you face a new, big challenge or opportunity. That is totally normal.

While it’s OK to be scared, what’s not OK is if every time you feel scared, you think, “Because I feel scared that must mean that I am not qualified. Read More

How to Craft a Productive Think Break


One of the most important things we can all do as business leaders is give ourselves time to think.

Scheduling time to think in your work week (and life in general) is vital to your success and sanity — and to your creativity and effectiveness. Read More

The first 30 days (Starting a job remotely)

Starting in a New Role…

A question that frequently comes up in my Executive Mentoring Group is, “I’m starting a new job. What do you recommend that I do in the first 30 days to set myself up for success?”

That question has been expanded recently to include, “And how do I get started and make effective connections and good impressions when we are all working remotely?” Read More

How small habits can lead to big gains


Habits that drive accountability

Many leaders struggle with how to hold people accountable for effective execution. What should you do when someone misses a deadline or a commitment?
What does accountability look like specifically?

One of things that sets organizations with a high capacity for execution apart from those that struggle, is that they pay attention to creating good habits on even on small things. Read More

Secret mentors…your secret advantage


Getting support for your ambitions

Sometimes It can feel frustrating to move your career forward.

Companies will tell you that there are no raises or promotional opportunities to be had, or that it’s a bad time to be asking, or that you are not ready…

And then they keep piling work and increased responsibility on you

— and expecting you to do more and more — with no change in your status or compensation. Read More

The most annoying interview question


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I have been getting a lot of questions lately from people interviewing for jobs, and almost 100% of the time people ask for advice on dealing with this question:

“What is your biggest weakness?”

I’ll start out by saying that I hate this question… Everyone hates this question. Read More

Getting Difficult People to Cooperate


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When people won’t cooperate

It can be really frustrating when you are on the hook to deliver work that depends on other people and they don’t care. They don’t do their part. They don’t meet deadlines.

What do you do when your Ruthless Priority is not even on their radar? Read More

Stepping up to manage former peers…


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With the current situation, it seems there are lots or reorgainzations going on right now, and I’ve had this question come up many times from people who find themselves in a position of managing former peers.

So I wanted to share some ideas about how to confidently move forward. Read More

What exactly is Executive Presence?


People often ask me about the term Executive Presence. What is it? Does everyone need it? Or do you need it only if you are an executive? What if you are not an executive? Is it something different then? Read More

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