How Excellent Handwriting Landed an Opportunity at Harvard

The challenge with your natural talents is that they come so … well, naturally to you.  You don’t think anything of them, and so you often discount them and remain head down in the work you think will move you ahead in your career. You may not always say so, but you want to share your gifts, live into your Read More >

How To Use Pain To Get Better Results

You want the freedom to live fully, do work that matters to you and advance in your career. However, freeing up time and energy to do it can seem nearly impossible, especially when you find yourself consumed by critical details. “It would be great if I had some A players on my team that I could trust,” you think to Read More >

5 Key Elements To Helping Your Colleagues Overcome Fears After a Promotion

Ever work with someone who, after promoted, starts acting… weird? Before the promotion, they were pleasant, focused, hard working, and a joy to work with. After the promotion, they begin running themselves ragged, refusing to lean on others. Or, worse yet, they become demanding and aggressive in pursuit of perfection. Have you seen these behaviors in your colleagues, or maybe Read More >

Who’s Borrowing Your Strength?

Think of the person on your team whose actions or inactions are garnering them negative publicity. You know the person—the one your colleagues and leadership team keeps worrying and complaining about. In your mind, you hear yourself thinking— “If they’d just be quiet long enough they’d get the answer they’re looking for.” “Don’t they know they should take ownership of Read More >

Ask This Question Before Giving Critical Feedback

Considering the potentially negative impact of critical feedback, it’s not surprising that many people avoid giving it altogether. Or, they give it anonymously, relieving themselves of any potential discomfort instigated by the feedback. But is such an approach helpful or harmful? Several months ago, I listened as Tracy, an executive at an engineering firm, shared about the devastating impact of Read More >

How To Increase Your Return On Investment

What happens when things don’t go as planned—with a project, new hire, or even a vacation? How do you shift quickly and allow the plan to unfold for you, rather than use up time and energy frustrated with unexpected challenges. Also, how do you get your team to shift quickly? Train in uncertainty. Become masterful at shifting quickly to capitalize Read More >

How Wise Leaders Keep Their Team Engaged

We know that people who care about their work are more productive, recruit other great people, stay with the company longer, and speak positively about their experience with the company. Yet, few leaders have mastered the skills necessary to keep their team engaged and contributing to their capability. Why is that? Why is it that a full 87% of the Read More >

16 Confidence-Building Habits You Need to Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine

“At ease with herself, the Master puts everyone else at ease.” –Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching Perfectionism and fear of failure have pushed me to sabotage remarkable opportunities in my career. The problem was that I didn’t catch my fear until after I successfully lost the opportunity. It was infuriating and paralyzing—I had to do something to shift the direction Read More >

How To Hire The Best Employees

Ever wonder what some companies and leaders are doing that leads to a continual influx of top-notch candidates? If you do, you’re not alone. Even the very best leaders are consistently seeking to improve in the area of recruitment, retention and engagement. There are a number of reasons talented people flock to companies like Honest Tea, Google, Amazon, and Menlo Read More >

Get Your Team to Stop Arguing and Start Collaborating

Ever find yourself spending gobs of time playing mediator between teams, wishing they would find a way to work together? If they just understood each other, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and energy helping each side understand the other. You’re ready to free yourself of having to deal with these constant misunderstandings, but you’re just not sure Read More >