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 >

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 >

1 Reason Why You Probably Don’t Love Your Job Anymore

Ever find yourself overwhelmed, exhausted and frustrated with a job you once loved? Hoping you’ll find your way back to enjoying your work again, you keep your head down and focus on finishing so you can finally take a breather. “As soon as I finish this project,” you tell your family and friends, who have nearly given up on tugging Read More >

The Key To Making Criticism Useful

Ever experience the gut-wrenching sucker punch that leaves you ready to drop kick someone, either literally or with your words? This feeling often comes right after someone tells you what a terrible job you did, how you should have done something differently, or how disappointed s/he is that you didn’t know better. The feeling is exacerbated, along with the reaction 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 >

Why You Should Let Go of Your Best Employees

Once you’ve gone through the process of finding, hiring and training a highly ambitious self-starter, the last thing you want to do is let them go. Yet, holding them in a position to make life easier for you may just lead to losing them altogether. Brad, a businessman with a half-dozen awards under his belt for excellence in sales and Read More >

How To Find The Right Person For The Job

Ever find yourself scratching your head in disbelief just months after hiring the person you thought was the perfect fit? “They were eager, skilled, and even came highly recommended,” you thought to yourself, “Why are (or aren’t) they doing____?” you lament, frustrated with them. Of course, the experience is equally unnerving for the person who accepted the position— “Why did 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 >

Why It’s Important To Waste Time

When asked what it was like to be blind, Helen Keller said, “It’s much better to have no sight than it is not to have a vision.” While some people seem to be born with a clear vision for their life that naturally morphs into their career and inspires their team, most of us have to take the time to Read More >