Power of the Pack: Women Who Support Women are More Successful

Posted on July 27, 2019

A great quote in this article by Madeleine Albright:  "There is a special place in heaven for women who support other women."  The article goes on to specify ways that women (and men) can view networking as a valued way of building and sustaining key relationships and, not just as an exercise in shaking hands and passing out business cards.  Read on for some brilliant and simple ways to further career and relational connections.

Dealing with Difficult People

Posted on June 5, 2019

September 2006 They’re everywhere. Walk into any workplace and you’ll find them. Regardless of your company’s success or employee-friendly culture, difficult people pose challenges for managers and team leaders each day. Some are angry; some are anxious. Others are fearful, negative and obstinate. Some spark frequent disputes with their peers. Still others quietly stonewall and fail to follow through on commitments. You cannot afford to avoid dealing with difficult people. Whether they’re direct reports or ...

Here’s how to avoid “Death by PowerPoint”

Posted on May 31, 2019

We have all been there:  presentation coming up, need to develop slides, how to make them interesting, not cluttered? Where to begin, end? What is too much and what is too little on a slide?  How many slides are needed? Here is an article written by an expert on Powerpoint who offers advice and, introduces new technology in PowerPoint, e.g., morph, reuse slide, and text icons--all of which can support efficient and interesting slide deck ...

How to get emails returned

Posted on May 31, 2019

With the opportunities to write through social media and email, we are awash in words, some communicate well, others don't. This quick read article offers some strategies for how one might write in emails in a more compelling and authentic way--which might be more interesting to read.

Leading with Gratitude

Posted on May 7, 2019

Many people agree that our culture is growing more impatient, selfish, disrespectful and ungrateful. Those who haven’t noticed are likely not bothered, and may be contributing to these disturbing tendencies. Not exactly glowing statements on our day and age. These attitudes and behaviors are also visible in every corner of the working world, as organizations struggle to keep employees engaged, loyal, civil and productive. Employees have no difficulty pinpointing the things that annoy them, while ...

How Your Strengths Can Sometimes Become Weaknesses

Posted on May 7, 2019

This article points out the key ways to use strengths, and how we often  overuse key strengths.  A study is cited on how often managers can overuse signature strength or, as Melinda Gates is quoted as saying:  "Often our greatest weaknesses are the other side our strengths." Thank you! Rosemarie From The New York Times: How Your Strengths Can Sometimes Become Weaknesses Instead of striving to use your strengths more often, aim to use them ...

The Need for Managers with Coaching Skills

Posted on April 1, 2019

Managers who effectively harness their coaching skills reap multiple benefits. Their employees are more committed, willing to put in greater effort and are less likely to leave. Most managers have had some training in coaching people for high performance. Ten years ago, 73% of managers received some form of training, according to BlessingWhite, a global leadership-development firm. But the firm's 2015 report reveals that employees who receive regular feedback through coaching conversations are in the ...

Use these 5 scheduling methods when a to-do list just isn’t working

Posted on March 27, 2019

I frequently look for new ways to schedule my "to do" tasks...good ideas here...I have used the MIT's method for years and find it rewarding as at least at the end of the day, I can say I accomplished my Most Important Tasks. Read more about these 5 scheduling methods and possibly find one that works for you.

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

Posted on March 6, 2019

The more I read about leadership, self-development and thriving, writing, and finding work-life balance...the more I find this concept of carving out time to quiet. Our biggest thinkers, innovators, and creators, whether past or present, all agree...take time for quiet reflection and calming oneself.

Finding Future Leaders: Why Personality Matters

Posted on February 25, 2019

Given the financial and societal impact of global business, there’s an urgent need to understand leaders’ personalities. If we fail to appreciate how personality influences strategic decisions, we risk selecting leaders who are incapable of setting an organization’s direction. We are in the midst of great social, economic, scientific and political change. Intelligent approaches count more than ever if we’re to build sustainable results in rapidly changing, complex markets. The way we choose strategic plans ...