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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Are you coming across at the right level?
Becoming proficient at executive communications is critical for every mid-level manager.
Many leaders are very comfortable communicating downward or with peers, but when it comes to talking with top executives they are not able to hit the right tone — it’s a very different thing. Read More
Operation vs. Communication Tools
Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation.
Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others! Read More
Invisible is not the high ground
I often hear people say something like: “I like to fly under the radar. I like to keep my head down and just do the work. It’s the work that matters. Read More