Thank You: Why These Are Two of the Most Powerful Words

Thank You: Why These Are Two of the Most Powerful Words

Google “gratitude in business” and you’ll wind up with thousands of results. And not just because it’s November – a month in which the topic is top of mind for Americans preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s because, as it turns out, gratitude is good...
4 Ways You Can Be a Better Leader

4 Ways You Can Be a Better Leader

Assuming the business acumen and operational knowledge foundation has been formed, the skills most critical to being an effective leader have to do with relating to people. This means turning your organization’s strategy into a story that inspires employees to...
4 Tips to Engage Hearts and Minds

4 Tips to Engage Hearts and Minds

Superior leaders lead through effective communication. The “secret sauce” is engaging hearts and minds to inspire action. Did you know that many of the so-called “rational” decisions we make – and the way we behave – are governed by our emotions, and that our emotions...
Build Trust by Staying Ahead of Visible Signs

Build Trust by Staying Ahead of Visible Signs

People notice visible signs before you “officially” tell them anything. These signs constitute anything out of the ordinary, everyday experience, including: Frequent closed-door meetings in an environment where doors are almost always open Unannounced visits by...
5 Keys to Success for New Leaders

5 Keys to Success for New Leaders

Taking on a new executive ‪leadership role can be challenging. Whether you’re new to the organization or the position, it’s important to build trusting relationships from the start. These five keys will help you engage your team and employees, and set the...
10 Tips to Effectively Navigate Change

10 Tips to Effectively Navigate Change

We see in many companies evidence of change fatigue – both in individuals and across entire organizations. As many people are now fond of saying, change is the new constant. Leaders need to understand and embrace an approach to managing through change that sustains...
Four Tips for More Meaningful Communication

Four Tips for More Meaningful Communication

One of the most practical, highest return on investment activities is communicating to engage. A Dale Carnegie infographic on employee engagement states that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%. The infographic goes on to list tips...
Are you an expert or a visionary?

Are you an expert or a visionary?

Functional experts are often promoted into bigger and bigger roles without preparation for the adjustments they need to make to truly lead. Essential to bridging the gap from technician to leader is building and sharing a vision that stirs employees’ passion and...
What to Do If Your CEO Suddenly Dies

What to Do If Your CEO Suddenly Dies

Beth Swanson and I teamed up to write a piece called, “What to Do If Your CEO Suddenly Dies” – featured in Ragan’s PR Daily. Generated by the sudden death of SurveryMonkey’s CEO, this is a timely and sensitive article on what to do in the...

Marissa Mayer Is at It Again

Earlier this week, Huffington Post reported that Yahoo has instituted the “stack-ranking” system of evaluating employees. The approach involves ranking employees of a department or team against each other on a bell curve, with the result that someone – or several...

Functional Expert to Visionary Leader

There’s been a lot said about how Marissa Mayer is doing as Yahoo’s CEO. Whether you think she was the right or wrong person for the job, we can all learn something about managing the transition from functional expert to visionary leader. Get Ahead as a Functional...