“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
Happy New Year everyone, such as it is so far.
I thought this might be a good time to revisit this idea as we’re all getting started in 2021 when we are all feeling a little overwhelmed with everything. Read More
How to make a good first impression
This question has come up more frequently than any other lately, so I thought I would address it here on my blog.
When you meet your new boss for the first time, it’s good to have a plan. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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