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Alignment is not Valuable if You Don’t Maintain It


When teams are aligned, good things happen

When your goals are aligned with those of your stakeholders, good things happen.

The trouble is, that without actively doing something to maintain alignment, entropy creeps in, and alignment gets weak. Read More

How not to talk too much when you are nervous



You can actually get these “stop talking” cards here.

Yes or NO?

Earlier in my career, when I was faced with a scary executive and I got nervous, I would find myself talking way too much. Read More

The difference between politics and communicating


“I don’t do politics”

Many people over the years have told me something like, “I refuse to engage in politics”, and they give this as a reason why their career has stalled.

They consider “politics” a necessary evil to advance in one’s career, but refuse to engage asserting that their “no politics” position is on the high ground, so they are sticking with it. Read More

Scared does NOT mean Not-Qualified


scared

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

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