Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a CEO?

August 9, 2021

In my four decades of leadership consulting and coaching, I’ve come across a wide range of CEOs. At one end of the spectrum are those with a wonderful blend of people smarts, business savvy, and a knack for building a make-a-difference business. At the other end are misfits who are CEOs in title only. Some…

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Fed Up With Red Tape? Fight Back With These Ideas

August 8, 2021

If you’re like most every other adult on the planet, you’ve been frustrated in dealing with one organization or another. Maybe it involved getting your driver’s license renewed. Or getting a refund on that gizmo you ordered online. Or navigating the entanglements of rules and sub-rules of an insurance claim. Or (not so) simply making…

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How Everyday People Become Extraordinary Leaders

July 24, 2021

Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders. They set out to make a difference. Yes, I know. That sounds like one of those high testosterone posters in the employee cafeteria. But it’s absolutely true. And it could serve as a guide for anyone who’s less interested in personal plaudits than in exercising influence for…

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Tips for Dealing With Anxiety at Work

July 20, 2021

Many business leaders—at least the ones who’ve stayed alert—learned something really important during the global pandemic lockdowns. They came to the realization that anxiety is a serious business issue. Think about it. Millions of people were working remotely, managing their at-home responsibilities while feeling the pressure of staying connected with their work teams. Many issues…

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Ladies, Start Your Engines. Drive Your Business to Success

July 13, 2021

More women than ever are starting their own businesses. They’re willing to embrace the title—and the risks—of “entrepreneur.” A 2019 study commissioned by American Express showed that in the previous five years the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. climbed 21%, while all businesses increased only 9%. Total employment for women-owned businesses rose 8%,…

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Why Planning Your Farewell Makes a World of Sense

July 5, 2021

It’s been said that loss reminds us about the worth of things. That seems especially true when it comes to the death of a friend or loved one. Over the past year and a half, I have lost several associates, including one treasured pal whose friendship dates back nearly six decades. The Covid pandemic put…

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Digital Age Rules: Ignore Them at Your Own Peril

June 28, 2021

In today’s fast-paced world, running a successful business requires more agility, consumer focus, and innovation than ever. Whether you sell shoes, computers, groceries, or even intangibles like online courses, the digital age can either propel you to boom or bust. Your choice. And guess what. Winning in the digital age is actually less about how…

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Build Trust, Connection in a Work-from-Anywhere World

June 22, 2021

Digital communication, we were told, would save us time and strengthen relationships. It seems the jury is still out on how that’s really working. Sure, sending a brief text or email can be quicker than playing phone tag. But there are risks. Occasionally the miscue is simply a typo, like the time I began an…

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Grab the Helm: Purpose, Passion, Progress

June 13, 2021

I recently enjoyed a lively and informative webinar featuring my friend Ed Schein. Ed is professor emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and wrote several of the ground-breaking books in the fields of career development and organizational culture. In the webinar, Ed talked in detail about the roles of trust and humility in…

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