Category Archives: Need to Know

It’s Your Career—Resolve to Conquer Your Fear of Speaking

A frighteningly few number of people genuinely relish the idea of getting up in front of an audience at work and talking.That’s too bad, because there are few skills that will take you further and help you more in your career than developing your speaking skills.

        

Art of Managing—Managing Effectively is Hard, Good Work

For some reason, the work of management and of managers often is positioned as a poor second cousin to the richer, nobler tasks of leading. That’s a false perspective. Good managers with good leadership skills are incredibly valuable to today’s organizations. Here are a few reasons why you should be proud of your important role as a manager:

        

Art of Managing—Beware the Lure of Strategy in a Box Approaches

Strategy is one of those difficult topics that dog most management teams and most firms. The real work of strategy is challenging, time consuming and filled with hard-to-answer questions. Given the challenges of managing an effective, on-going strategy process, it’s no surprise “Strategy in a Box” approaches are often adopted by management teams looking to add a check mark to the strategy task on their annual goals. Here are some key reasons why there are no shortcuts when it comes to strategy:

        

Leadership Caffeine—Ideas to Help You Adjust Your Attitude and Improve Performance

While Woody Allen offered, “80 percent of success is just showing up,” I might politely suggest the phrase is missing a key ingredient: attitude. There’s a profound difference between showing up and showing up with the right attitude. Here are five ideas to help you put your attitude in the right place before you start your work day:

        

Leadership Caffeine—In Praise of Mistakes Made for the Right Reasons

Show me a mistake-free leader, and I’ll show you someone hiding from the real issues confronting the business: people and strategy.

        

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Leadership Caffeine—3 Questions To Help You Cultivate Your Leadership Style

I can tell you with absolute certainty that I didn’t think about my own leadership style for a large part of the first decade of my career. I didn’t care at the time. It wasn’t relevant. Although in hindsight, I certainly had a style, it was more muscle than finesse. It wasn’t until a wise and confident senior leader challenged me to think through and then apply the answers to three powerful questions, that I began to form an effective leadership style.

        

It’s Your Career—Is It Time for You to Go?

Far too many professionals linger in stagnant roles or struggling firms long beyond the optimal expiration date of their involvement. Instead of seeking out new challenges that support learning and skills expansion, otherwise competent, motivated individuals tend to linger in bad situations hoping for circumstances to shift more to their liking. More often than not, they are disappointed.