Buddha At Work: Keeping Calm in the Hairiest of Situations

Most of us don’t want to react poorly when things aren’t going our way at the office. We don’t plan or rehearse our outbursts. Rather, our “adult tantrums” are the result of poor self-management when stress gets too high—for example, when you hear that your boss is interviewing an external candidate for a position that sounds very […]

Can You Be Cute and Perky And Still Have Executive Presence?

Recently we took a poll asking people to vote on who has more executive presence, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer. Diane Sawyer won hands down with a whopping 97 percent of the vote. How could this be? Both women have been at the top of the broadcast industry, even being the first at their respective […]

Should Women Say “We” Not “I” When Promoting Themselves?

In a word, no! After two decades of coaching professionals at every rung of the corporate ladder, I want to set the record straight when it comes to females and self-promotion. First, it’s essential. Second, women need to think twice about following the advice in Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book suggesting they should stick to saying “we” […]

New College Graduates—What Employers Are REALLY Looking For

What’s the one thing that many college graduates fail to consider when preparing for a job interview? Overcoming stereotypes! Everyone to a certain extent faces unspoken biases during an interview—or what I often refer to as a second conversation or subtext during an interview that is not voiced by the interviewer. For millennial job candidates, […]

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 […]