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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

I Was Not Prepared for This! What My Education Failed to Teach Me

I recently had the pleasure of welcoming a young woman into the office as my new Manager of Business and Client Services. Contrary to popular belief about the millennial generation, her energy, enthusiasm, and dare I say new way of looking at things has definitely put a spring in our step here at Klaus & […]

Public Speaking Is The #1 Fear In America. It Shouldn’t Be Yours.

Public speaking can seem like a daunting task, and more often than not business professionals underprepare and under deliver when it comes to making an impact on their audience. The truth is that 80% of the time, when you just “wing it,” you are not as persuasive, convincing or dynamic as you would have been […]