Questions That Get To The Heart Of Confidence

As I mentioned last week, Ashley, a serious student of confidence, asked some key questions in an email exchange about practical techniques for strengthening confidence. The following are Ashley’s specific questions, along with helpful ideas: “What strategies helped you to become more confident?” “How do you handle negative people?” “What encouraged you to tell your story?” “(I know everyone is Read More >

Here’s How to Strengthen Your Leadership Presence

You’ve seen the magnetizing pull some leaders have on the people around them. You want that for yourself, and in some cases, you’ve even been told it’s needed to be successful. “When you walk in the room,” your boss or mentor tells you, “You need to present a more senior profile and own the room.” In an effort to gain Read More >

Why There Is A Lack Of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ or EI, describes a person’s ability to recognize, process and effectively use emotions to the benefit of everyone involved. In recent years, EQ has become a highly sought after skillset, with an increasing number of certification programs around the world. The challenge with many of the certification programs is that they can easily create Read More >

How To Be A Better Leader Than Your Boss

Ever experience such remarkably terrible leadership that you decided, “When I get the opportunity to lead, I will do things differently. I’ll never treat my team that way.” Feeling suffocated and unsupported, you begin looking for your chance to show them how it’s done. Then you get your opportunity, interview carefully for your open position, select the best candidate, and Read More >

Why Building Trust Is Crucial Toward Providing Meaningful Feedback

“Are you serious? Is she really wearing a black thong under a light colored dress? That’s inappropriate,” Justine, a fellow runner said moments after our large group took our seats at a local restaurant. It was a beautiful September day, we had just finished a 5K, and we scored outdoor seating at a tasty restaurant. Life was good. Except for Read More >

What Bare Trees Can Teach Us About Vulnerability

Until recently, bare trees in the midst of winter had always conjured up feelings of vulnerability. Without leaves to serve as a protective barrier, it’s entirely too easy to see and be seen. Such seeing is both welcome and appreciated during joyous times. Painful times, on the other hand, are rarely welcome with such openness, leaving you grasping for strategies Read More >

Here’s What To Do With Colleagues Who Aren’t Pulling Their Weight

Whether they’re mooching off your hard work, taking credit for a job well done, or complaining about their inability to keep up, difficult colleagues can increase your workload and get in the way of finishing on time. With a strong commitment to leaving the project in a better place than she found it, Katherine, a new lawyer, tag-teamed with one Read More >

Why Advocating For Yourself is Necessary

Ever find yourself wanting to negotiate for a better sign-on package, a raise or an increase in responsibility, but can’t bring yourself to make the request? You know there’s a decent chance you’d get a “yes” if you ask, yet you keep quiet and think, “Next time.” Why is that? That’s because you have a built-in commentator (self-talk) that has Read More >

A Key Question That Is Guaranteed to Make This Your Best Holiday Season Yet

Holiday parties, gift buying, end-of-year performance reviews—the holidays can be overwhelming and exhausting. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. While riding the elevator at my dentist’s office, I stuck up a conversation with Jackie. “Another beautiful day, right?” I asked, pointing out the magnificence of 60+ degrees in early December in Maryland. “Yeah, great Read More >

The Untold Blessing of Gratitude

Inspired by Kristin Hoffmann’s, Love & Gratitude The greatest gift of gratitude is that it can be felt in your most joyous times and your most trying times. Considering the immense challenges of life, it is a blessing to know that feelings of gratitude are linked more to perception then circumstance. Gratitude is a powerful tool that has the capability to Read More >