Selling Your Ideas: Have More Influence


This month the topic in my Executive Mentoring Group is: Selling Your ideas.

In my own career, as well as in observing the careers of others, I have found that the ability to communicate your ideas well matters a lot to standing out, getting promoted, and getting access to resources. Read More

Confidence and Resilience


This month the topic in my Executive Mentoring Group is: Confidence and Resilience.

I’ll tell you, this was a key journey in my own career.

I needed to find a way to keep showing up when the environment was unwelcoming, and as I struggled with imposter syndrome. Read More

Scared does NOT mean Not-Qualified


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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

How to Craft a Productive Think Break


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

Stepping up to manage former peers…


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With the current situation, it seems there are lots or reorgainzations going on right now, and I’ve had this question come up many times from people who find themselves in a position of managing former peers.

So I wanted to share some ideas about how to confidently move forward. Read More

What exactly is Executive Presence?


People often ask me about the term Executive Presence. What is it? Does everyone need it? Or do you need it only if you are an executive? What if you are not an executive? Is it something different then? Read More

The key to be more impressive…Stop trying


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

Remote working: How not to lose the in-person benefit


When everyone is working remotely

Suddenly, like it or not, we have all been thrown into remote working.

And there is a natural concern that we will not be as effective.

One of the big aha’s for me about remote working that I learned over the past several years, is that…

You don’t have to give up on quality, motivation, productivity, and team-y-ness, just because you are not in the same room.

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Am I Productive Enough? (spoiler alert, don’t worry about it so much)


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Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?

While we are all at home, there are lots of new kinds of pressures we face about doing it right. What should we be doing with our days?

How do we be productive, take care of kids, home schooling, remote working? Read More

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