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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

The Big Mistake I Made about Listening


But I thought I was a good listener!

Fairly deep into my career I did one of those 360 evaluations where people above, below and around you in the organization fill out a long questionnaire about how they perceive you. Read More

The key to be more impressive…Stop trying


FIRST, Stop trying to be impressive

If you are in a situation where you need to be impressive… a job interview, a sales call, a negotiation, a presentation — one of the worst things you can do is to try, on purpose, to be impressive. Read More

10 Ways to Make Employees Feel Important


A Note on Good vs. Bad Leaders

I don’t think it’s any secret that I believe good leaders bring a sense of humanity into the workplace. In fact this was the topic of my TEDx talk. Read More

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