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Is “Office Housework” holding you back?


What do I mean by office housework?

I describe office housework as tasks that are important and need to be done, but are not directly moving your career or business forward. Very often, it comes in the form of PowerPoint presentations. Read More

The ONE reason to leave a job


This is a short blog, with an important point:

When and why should you leave a job?

Caveat: This is advice for someone who is wanting to advance their career.

If you are happy in your job and you don’t care about advancement, good for you! Read More

Why Succession Planning Doesn’t Work

Successful Succession

I’m a huge believer in succession planning. But so often, it doesn’t work.

Even when a company talks about succession planning, when there is a big job to be filled, the company goes outside.

I find it interesting is that many companies do one of two extremes when it comes to succession planning:

1.  Read More

4 Steps to a High Performing Team


High Performance

This idea of Leading a High Performing Team is one of those things that sounds good on the surface…but what does it really mean in a practical sense?

Think about this in your world. What does it mean to you? Read More

Analysis vs. Action


How Much Analysis?

People often ask me how to judge if they are stuck in “Analysis Paralysis”.

How much study is too much?

There is no single answer here, but to answer that question, I find it useful to start with the business outcome in mind, and then to set a budget for how much study a particular plan or answer is worth. Read More

Is it worth listening if I can’t address the concerns?


Awhile back I wrote an article called, Who is worth listening to?.

It’s worth reading if you haven’t seen it, but the main point was that the goal of listening is simply to make people feel listened-to. Read More

“You’re too nice to be an executive”


Over the past few months, I have been speaking and working with a number of women’s leadership networks and groups.

One of the questions that comes up at virtually every one is this:

“I keep getting told that I am too nice.

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Schedule Time for Yourself … and Hide!


Make More Time

This month’s topic in my Executive Mentoring Group is Make More Time.

The goal here is to create 2 or more hours a week for yourself to have time to think, plan, work on strategic priorities — or get a little life back! Read More

Conversation Starters for Networking Events (Even for Introverts)


Networking meetings

For most of my life, networking meetings were torture for me.

I could never get comfortable with them. I’d either hide in the corner, or desperately cling to the person I came with. I didn’t know who to meet or what to say. Read More

Surviving a Chaotic Boss


When you are trying to be organized and strategic, and it’s your boss who is chaotic, reactive, and causing confusion and rework, it can make you feel really stressed, confused, frustrated, and tired!

It’s a shame there are so many chaotic bosses out there, but they are indeed out there, so we need to find a way to make the best of it. Read More

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