Your Personal Brand

How you come across to others is your brand; it becomes a part of your reputation. Are you seen as a stickler for rules? Or easy to get along with? Seen as a fun party person, and as a result perhaps not taken seriously? Are you considered a PitA, or valued as an inspirational leader? Do you...

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Self Awareness

I believe there’s an aspect of accurate self-assessment that also belongs in Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Competencies list: knowing how we are perceived by others. How aware are you of how others see you? How do you come across to others? A former client found one person he worked with...

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A Great Day @ Work!

Can you leave the office at the end of the day and say, “I had a great day @ work?” Most people I ask would like to accomplish more on a daily basis than they are able to. All too often we have challenges with those we work with that prevent that. Sometimes resentment and anger hijack our brains...

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Solving Pesky People Problems

Clients often tell me they are frustrated @ work because they don’t get enough done. Many workplaces are understaffed and people have too much to do. If there isn’t too much to do, there’s anxiety about getting things done on time, or meeting expectations. Even if the expectations are only our...

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Books @ Work: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. A new CEO, brought in for a turnaround, must determine how to get her dysfunctional leadership team to collaborate effectively in this fable about a high-tech company. Lencioni's premise is that only vulnerability can build the relationships...

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The Dark Side of Managerial Success

When people in leadership positions focus more on getting promoted than on getting things done, they may possess characteristics of the “dark triad.”   In being successful only for themselves, earning promotions by networking and engaging in office politics, they may have little regard for the...

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Books @ Work: Leaders Eat Last

  Books @ Work: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek. Sinek says "Trust is like lubrication. It reduces friction and creates conditions much more conductive to performance." Numerous examples of good companies and leaders who have created environments...

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