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  • Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    My coaching clients often will ask - how do I make myself perfect for an opportunity that I just became aware of? Most people know the basics: do the research, do a ton of networking, write a great cover letter, and customize your resume. And make sure that you know [More]

  • Fit and Sharp

    Fit and Sharp

    Most successful executives are bombarded with emails, voicemails, text messages, Social Media messages, and a queue of people looking for feedback or approval. With their attention so divided, how much time do they have to be creative, do their own analysis, or even digest the big picture? And once family [More]

  • Self-promotion

    Self-promotion

    Almost everyone dreams of getting that big promotion, yet for most people the goal is elusive, and infrequently occurring. So what is the secret of getting the bigger chair, corner office, and higher salary? The big secret is that there is no big secret. When someone is promoted, "everyone" thinks [More]

  • Lead from behind

    Lead from behind

    Much has been written about leadership, but what makes a great follower? In fact, who even wants to be known as a follower? Being a follower brings up a terribly unhealthy picture: you are uncreative, require close management, have little intellectual capability - and certainly have no leadership potential. While [More]

  • Thinking inside the box

    Thinking inside the box

    After a seminar I recently delivered, I was approached by two undergraduate business students and asked if I could give them some advice. They hoped to get into consulting, and wanted me to suggest the "best" courses they should take over the next two years. I gave them some ideas, [More]

  • Two ears and one mouth

    Two ears and one mouth

    Did you ever wonder how children can so quickly learn new things? And ever hear the expression "Children should be seen, and not heard"? Maybe there is a connection between these two concepts that can help us be better leaders. Consider: it is 100% impossible to learn from others if [More]

  • Sweat the Small Stuff

    Sweat the Small Stuff

    Several years ago. I decided to change my voice message to one that ended with an enthusiastic "Have a Great Day". Soon afterward, something funny started happening. When clients and colleagues left messages, they invariably ended with "Have a Great Day" too! This got me thinking about how something as [More]

  • Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

    Most people dread the thought of their annual performance review. We imagine the worst: our managers will dredge up examples of our poor performance, then set impossibly high goals for us for the coming year. OR even worse, when the review is completed skipped: we have no idea how well [More]

  • The Five W’s

    The Five W’s

    During school, we learned about the five W's as elements that should be used in a great story. But as leaders, they serve an even more important purpose. These Five W's, Who, What, Where, When, and Why, along with others like "How", are words that start questions. In particular, they [More]

  • Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich

    No matter how clever you are, no matter how much education you have, and no matter how important your job title, thinking will only get you so far. Those who are successful, on the job and off, are those who successfully translate their thinking into action. Whether you're looking to [More]

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