4 keys to making a good impression


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

More Reasons to Turn Your Camera On


My recent blog post, Get Over It. Turn Your Camera On drew so much feedback and so many comments that I wanted to take an opportunity to follow up.

The world seems to be split into two groups on this:

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Optimizing Your Online Presence


What is your positive online footprint?

The topic of how you appear online when people do a search came up in one of the recent member discussions in my Executive Mentoring Group.

It was an interesting conversation that quickly went from preventing risk by not posting “unflattering” stuff to…

“What can and should you be proactively posting to your benefit… to create a positive impression?”

How do you show up in a search?

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Get over it. Turn your camera on.


The Dreaded “Video Phone”

If you did not grow up with a camera phone, you probably remember the days of thinking about the absolute horror of a video phone.

“Can you imagine that if when people called you at home, they could see what you look like? Read More

10 Reasons to Think About Your Personal Brand


You already have a personal brand

You have a Personal Brand right now whether you know it or not.

You have a Personal Brand right now whether or not it’s something that you care about.

You have a Personal Brand right now even if you think this idea is stupid. Read More

Reflect on your best work: write your stories


write your stories down

This is a short post to remind you not to lose your best stories.

Once or twice a year, it’s a great idea to think about the 1-3 accomplishments you are most proud of, and write down the interesting parts of the story. Read More

Get to the point!


Don’t waste your 15 minutes of fame

When you have an opportunity to communicate with executives, it’s important to recognize that this could be THE MOMENT, which changes the course of your career.

Not every presentation will be career-changing, but you never know which one could be. Read More

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 first 30 days…

Starting in a New Role…

A question that frequently comes up in the Coaching Hour calls 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?”

In my own career, I developed a really effective set of actions and communications based on 3 lists (described below) that helped me to quickly establish my credibility, and to start building effective connections across the organization right away. Read More

What it means to be strategic


I often talk about my leadership workshops and programs as helping leaders think and work more strategically.

I was recently talking to a group of middle managers who were eager for development and one brave soul asked me, “Can you define what you mean by ‘strategic’.”

In a nutshell, people who are leading strategically are always recognizing ways to improve, and leading the change to get there.

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