Speak Up—But Don’t “Tic” Off Your Audience

Sometimes I feel like a one-woman vigilante on a mission to rid the world—or at the very least the workplace—of vocal tics. No doubt you’ve heard a few of these within your office walls. Let’s start with “Upward Inflection,” originated and perfected by California Valley girls in the 70’s who managed to take a declarative […]

Embrace Your Age, and Conquer The World

“Old age,” Bette Davis once said, “ain’t no place for sissies.” But since we’re all headed down that same path, shouldn’t we feel good about ourselves as we go? Whether you’re a Boomer, Gen-Xer, or even a Millennial, I hope you’ll my thoughts for a new attitude adjustment published this past weekend in the Preoccupations section of […]

Bye-Bye Birdie, Bye-Bye Summer

There’s a famous song in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie entitled “What’s The Matter With Kids Today?” that bemoans the morality and mores of kids in the 1960s. I can’t be sure, but I bet every generation has said the same thing about the generation succeeding them and today it’s no different— there’s no […]

Recommended Reading: “The Secret Ingredient of Success” and “Maybe Management Isn’t Your Style”

A mid-winter shout out about two articles I thought you would enjoy reading. The first  is  “The Secret Ingredient of Success,” by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield; a wonderful glimpse into the power of shifting one’s strongly held beliefs to attain greater success.  The other article is mine, which some of you may have already seen in […]

The Right Way to Run an IPO Road Show

I’m passing along this article that I wrote for Harvard Business Review, because while I know most of you won’t ever face a crowd of skeptical IPO investors, the very same communication Do’s and Don’ts apply when you’re doing a IPO Road Show, pitching a new client, talking with your colleagues (not to mention your boss or her […]

CEOs: Read This Before You Open Your Mouth

I like to call it “tuning into Radio Station WIFT (What’s In it For Them?).” Unfortunately, many CEOs seem to get poor reception on this station, especially when it comes to giving town hall state-of-the-union talks to their employees. After seeing too many CEOs botch this wonderful opportunity to build rapport with clear and inspiring […]

Being “Authentic” Doesn’t Give One License To Be An Ass

Is there anyone who hasn’t read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs?  It doesn’t seem like it. While admiring Jobs’ brilliance and the products he created, what struck me was this:  the guy who told us to “Think Different,” who strived for perfectionism, scrutinizing his products along with everyone around him, never really turned his […]

Bragging in the Virtual World

WITHOUT BLOWING IT Social media is a powerful tool that can do wonders for our businesses, rekindle relationships, make us feel more connected, and save us time. But unfortunately, if left unattended, it can become a negative gift that keeps on giving. This article contains tips on making social media work for you, not against you. […]

Imitation Isn’t Always Flattering

LESSONS FROM THE LAND OF YOUTH AND COOL In early times, when the younger generation entered the workforce, they emulated their elders in speech, dress, and behavior. Now the tables have turned and the older generations are copying the younger ones in a desperate attempt to remain youthful, cool, and cutting edge. But when it […]