Want to Last as a Leader? A State of the Union Address Helps You Stay On Top

Far too often, when Professionals are promoted to their “dream jobs,” they experience something closer to a nightmare. In fact, research indicates that up to forty percent of executives fail within the first eighteen months of taking on a new role. While there can be any number of reasons why a particular leader falls prey […]

Do More. Do Better. Do It Now.

A couple of days before the election a group of my friends and I sat down for our monthly supper club and, like most of the country, our conversation was dominated by thoughts of where the country is headed, and what needs to be done to ensure that it is moving in the right direction. […]

Master the Art of Deflection

There has never been a shortage of political and social drama for tongue wagging around the office water cooler. But this year it seems our cup runneth over. My clients tell me they are spending, and wasting, more time than ever in conversations- quite often heated ones- on subjects ranging from the US election to […]

Do Women-Only Business Events Really Work for Women?

Have women-only conferences and workshops failed in their goal to advance the careers of the women who attend by leaving the guys out? Given the snail’s pace progress of women on gender pay equity and advancement to senior levels, it’s a provocative question being raised by more and more people, and one that I wrestled […]

Why Even Seasoned Professionals Fail at Networking

Everyone talks about the importance of networking, from finding a job to securing a board position. Yet an effective networking campaign hinges on two words that, surprisingly, even many seasoned professionals fail miserably at: FOLLOW-UP! If you aren’t committed to following up with new contacts and referrals, it doesn’t matter how much you network. While […]

IT PAYS TO BE SPECIFIC

Be specific – two little words that have the power to change your behavior and the behavior of others. Yet, business professionals are rarely specific when giving feedback to their employees, colleagues or bosses. Why is that? Well, the obvious reason is that most people fear hurting others’ feelings. As a result, they give general, […]

#stupidcareermoves

“The stupidity of brilliant people never ceases to amaze me.”  – Jeno Paulucci   Read these doozies… March 23rd, 2016 My company has a catering firm that we order lunch from during the week. Last year an employee of mine called in sick with the flu and said he was too ill to make it […]

Now What? Here’s How Smart Women Succeed Despite Gender Barriers

T’is our season of discontent, women! Earlier this month what many of us already knew from experience was hugely confirmed by the Lean In and McKinsey & Company, “Women in the Workplace 2015” study. New statistics were presented showing a continued pattern of unequal pay and limited access to higher opportunities afforded to men. Adding […]

You Can Go On!

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” –Jerry Seinfeld   In the recent New Yorker Article, I Can’t Go On!, Joan […]