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 your creativity and effectiveness. Read More
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
I was talking to a friend awhile back, and she asked me how things were going. I expressed some anxiety about my workload.
She said, “So, you have a goal to work less?”
As I answered, I began thinking about something that I had lost focus on. 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
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
I was recently in India giving a keynote presentation for a group of women leaders.
One of the questions that came up was, “What do you do when you are the only woman in the room, and you contribute an idea and no one pays attention…
“…then 10 minutes later someone else says the exact same thing, and everyone responds as though it’s brilliant, and he gets credit for the idea?”
This often happens to women, but I want to be careful to note that it does not happen only to women. Read More
Over the past few months, I have been speaking and working with a number of women’s leadership networks and groups.
One of the questions that comes up at virtually every one is this:
“I keep getting told that I am too nice.
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
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
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
You are the company
I remember when I had my first big leadership job. I overheard someone say, “Whenever people talk about Patty they always say…” I was shocked, not at whatever people said, but at the fact that people were talking about me! Read More