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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ethical Behavior at Work

AN OLD-FASHIONED SOFT SKILL FOR THE NEW WORLD If ethical behavior had been taught to employees and reinforced as a must-have soft skill, could we have prevented the economic meltdown? This article contains some practical ideas and tips for keeping your own professional ethics in tip-top shape as we navigate our way out of the […]