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

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

The first 30 days…

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

Building Personal Brand Value and Recognition



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Personal Brand and Recognition.

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If you are wanting to get the opportunities and recognition you deserve get this webinar

You’ll learn how to:

  • Build your credibility
  • Stand out more
  • Get the recognition and opportunities you deserve
  • Position yourself to win the job you want

Get the webinar

If you missed it you can download the recording. Read More

When you can't get enough resources to deliver what is expected


Precarious Lead; Wall Street, UT

The challenge: Resources are cut AND work is added

This problem has been coming up a lot recently in my coaching hour conference calls, so I wanted to share some advice here.

They way this is often stated is:

“My company has downsized, but now my team has been given the work of other teams that no longer exist.

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The Key to Influence: Make your Voice Bigger


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Influence and Difficult People

The topic of how to influence difficult people, comes up in my work all the time. (At all levels.)

One of the most useful tools in the influence tool kit is to make your voice bigger. Read More

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