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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

When Everything Feels Impossible…


Sometimes executive jobs just feel ugly and impossible.

I can remember at various points in my career feeling blocked and frustrated, like I was failing..like I was out on a limb owning all of the risk for something, and without enough support or resources to succeed. Read More

Avoid this mistake if you want to reach the executive level sooner

Collecting all the Cards

Often when I talk to people who aspire to become a general manager they will tell me that they are striving to get experience in every function to prepare themselves.

This is a mistake that I refer to collecting all the cards…

I’ll get experience in Marketing, and Product Development, and Supply Chain Management and Customer Service, and on and on…then I’ll be ready and qualified to become a General Manager or CEO.
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Is the way you communicate holding you back?

You only get one chance

We’ve been talking a lot about Executive Communications and Executive Presence in my Executive Mentoring Group in the past few months.

When I talk about communicating with executives, I always say that you only get one chance. Read More

Sponsorship and Career Risk

“Am I the only one who cares about this?”

That is the question.

Make sure you are never the only one who cares, whether it’s about your career or your work. Always ask yourself, “Who else cares about this?”

If there is no one at an equal or higher level than your boss who actively cares about what you are doing, there is too much risk.

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