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
Is email a source of stress in your life?
Very regularly business leaders ask me about how to deal with overwhelming email. It comes up all the time.
Awhile back I wrote a blog called Is email killing you?
In that article I talked about thinking differently and more strategically about dealing with email, and I also talked about the idea of keeping a zero-inbox. Read More
One of the members of my Executive Mentoring Group posed this question in the group forum and it inspired me to write an article:
Has anyone been in a position where they are submitting to a role where they meet the majority of qualifications but the title is a couple levels above where they were at? Read More
Last week in my blog, I wrote about increasing productivity by engaging people’s humanity by Starting with Laughter. This was the most quoted snippet:
If you respect people’s humanity and give them a chance to warm up and situate themselves in the context of what is happening, you are far more likely to build trust, get buy-in, and get people ready to do the hard work.
Humanity can be a strong force for value and productivity in business. Leaders who embrace humanity can build highly effective, loyal teams that can work really effectively to drive forward business progress.
But humanity of course, can present itself in negative ways as well. Read More
Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?
Do you ever have one of those days when every single thing on your task list feels impossible or just too annoying… and you can’t seem to get yourself engaged on anything?
As leaders we will always have hard things to deal with that will make some days feel miserable: Impossible demands, nasty politics, aggressive competitors, arrogant bosses, low performers, schedule pressures, resource cuts, multiple stakeholders, difficult people…the list goes on and on. Read More
My secret weapon for achieving success
I am preparing to deliver a TED talk at the TEDx Navasink Conference on May 20 in Asbury Park, NJ!
…and it got me thinking about the ideas of Power and Weakness in business. Read More
“Courage does not always roar”
I really like this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher.
I write this in a week when all of my best laid plans and commitments have been washed away by the flooding rains and power outages in California. Read More
The Monday MOVE Idea
Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Everything is impossible and everyone is shark.
Leadership is supposed to be hard
There will be times when you face ugly challenges and personal attacks. Read More