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

When someone steals your ideas


“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

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

Analysis vs. Action


How Much Analysis?

People often ask me how to judge if they are stuck in “Analysis Paralysis”.

How much study is too much?

There is no single answer here, but to answer that question, I find it useful to start with the business outcome in mind, and then to set a budget for how much study a particular plan or answer is worth. Read More

Is it worth listening if I can’t address the concerns?


Awhile back I wrote an article called, Who is worth listening to?.

It’s worth reading if you haven’t seen it, but the main point was that the goal of listening is simply to make people feel listened-to. Read More

Avoid this mistake if you want to reach the executive level sooner

Collecting all the Cards

Often when I talk to people who aspire to become a general manager they will tell me that they are striving to get experience in every function to prepare themselves.

This is a mistake that I refer to collecting all the cards…

I’ll get experience in Marketing, and Product Development, and Supply Chain Management and Customer Service, and on and on…then I’ll be ready and qualified to become a General Manager or CEO.
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Is the way you communicate holding you back?

You only get one chance

We’ve been talking a lot about Executive Communications and Executive Presence in my Executive Mentoring Group in the past few months.

When I talk about communicating with executives, I always say that you only get one chance. Read More

Sponsorship and Career Risk

“Am I the only one who cares about this?”

That is the question.

Make sure you are never the only one who cares, whether it’s about your career or your work. Always ask yourself, “Who else cares about this?”

If there is no one at an equal or higher level than your boss who actively cares about what you are doing, there is too much risk.

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