Make the Most of Your Performance Reviews

End of year performance reviews are right around the corner and with them comes the anticipation and excitement usually associated with having a root canal. Yet despite their reputation, these discussions are actually great opportunities to receive honest and specific feedback about your work, tout your accomplishments, and ask for that much wanted stretch assignment, […]

Bringing Back Civility at Work

“Civility costs nothing, and buys everything” Mary Wortley Montagu As people we are prone to thoughtlessness, narcissism and impatience. But recently, I’ve noticed that the incivility meter has hit an all-time high, not just in politics or on social media, but also in the workplace. In the last year, I, along with my colleagues, clients […]

Still Hiding After All These Years

Backstage after her Oscar win for best supporting actress, Viola Davis, 51, spoke with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach about how she felt. Davis acknowledged she had long struggled with imposter syndrome and it wasn’t until recently that she came to realize she did in fact know exactly what she was doing after 30 years […]

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, […]