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. Read More
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
When you need to Impress…
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
Are you coming across at the right level?
Becoming proficient at executive communications is critical for every mid-level manager.
Many leaders are very comfortable communicating downward or with peers, but when it comes to talking with top executives they are not able to hit the right tone — it’s a very different thing. Read More
School: Make sure it’s long enough
I remember in grade school getting an assignment to do a “report” on a topic or a book. Part of the assignment was always the length.
“Make sure it’s two pages single spaced”. Read More
Operation vs. Communication Tools
Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation.
Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others! Read More