Tips for First Time Managers

So you finally scored that manager promotion. Congratulations. Now grab your helmet. Seasoned managers know that the title and accompanying pay increase comes with a variety of additional responsibilities. To make the most of the opportunity follow these tips.   Change Your Focus – Marshall Goldsmith once said, “What got you here won’t get you there.” It today’s incredibly competitive world, past […]

Leader or Overlord?

A colleague recently accepted his first leadership position. In the new role he found himself not only in charge of a global staff of subject matter experts and a series of customer deliverables, but also setting the group’s strategy and aligning it to the larger organization. While no stranger to people management and project deadlines, he was concerned about his ability to […]

Best Business Quote

Quotes are a dime a dozen. Scratch that. To quote Billy Joel, “Advice is cheap. You can take it from me. It’s yours to keep ‘cause opinions are free.” My favorite business quote is by comic legend Jonathan Winters who said, “I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” So many people wait for a company, a […]

Authentic Leadership

Many career coaches advise people to “fake it till they make it,” and “act as if” (they run the place). The thought being that with practice, you’ll eventually become the persona you embody. It seems like an optimistic, forward-thinking personal branding strategy, but most people can see the see past the posturing. To avoid a bravado backfire, strive for authenticity and congruency – […]

Big Meeting Ahead? Skip the Trust Falls

Sooner or later many employees will get tapped to plan a company event. Whether it’s an extended, off-site staff meeting or a strategic, global conference, the task can be daunting. And while some larger organizations have corporate communications, HR, and/or training departments that might be able to lend a hand, often given workloads and budget restrictions, you’ll be largely left on your […]

Turbo-boost Your Career

In life shortcuts rarely pay-off. Once while living in New York I entered a largely ignored short line at the DMV hoping that my fellow motorists had overlooked something. Turns out it was for farm vehicles. Since I had no plans to drive a tractor across the George Washington Bridge, I had to circle back and join a line that, much to my chagrin, […]

Helping Staff Embrace Fact-based Decisions

As business leaders, we can’t simply set the vision, start running, and hope that others follow. If you are changing course – even shepherding a subtle adjustment – you sometimes need to slow down, switch to teaching mode, and ensure employees not only have the will, but the skill to follow. Nowhere is this as broadly apparent than in the desire for employees to use verifiable […]

A Word of Thanks

Given yesterday’s holiday, it’s natural to focus on all the people, events, and experiences for which you are thankful. As I reflect with family and friends, I am truly humbled by my good fortune. Over the years I’ve been the lucky recipient of the teachings of many thoughtful mentors. Together they provided the tools and perspective I needed to escape my youthful […]

Mentors Matter

Success though service – three rules for working hard, winning big, and staying humble. Mentors rarely realize the impact they have on the lives they touch. Adjusting strategies with the grace of a martial arts master, the best of them shift seamlessly from teacher to coach, confidante to counselor, cheerleader to drill sergeant, all in an effort to bring out […]

Is Your Talent Strategy Ring Ready?

Is your talent strategy of championship caliber or just a jab away from tasting canvas? Adopting these 10 tips will keep you off the ropes and in contention for a talent title. Business leaders are fond of comparing talent acquisition and retention to physical confrontations, most notably, the war for talent. Few, however, demonstrate the dedication required to prepare their […]