Honest feedback…really?

Honest feedback…really?

Most leaders say that they want to know what's going on in the organization. But they often rely on the wrong sources. Here's how to make sure the boss is hearing the real stuff. In demanding times, it's particularly important that leaders get honest feedback. But...
10 Tactics for Dealing with Conflict

10 Tactics for Dealing with Conflict

Successful individuals seem to have an inherent understanding of what causes conflicts and how to resolve them quickly. For others, however, it's much harder. During my 30 years in executive suites and boardrooms, I've worked with people at all levels, in a wide swath...
5 Tips for Finding A Mentor

5 Tips for Finding A Mentor

In the real world, a lot of people can’t afford a coach. And, in demanding times, we all need as much "backup" as we can get. One of the best ways for you to get that is finding a mentor. "I think my mentor is one of the key reasons for my continued success, despite...
10 Self Destructive Career Mistakes

10 Self Destructive Career Mistakes

You’re fired! Many reasonably astute professionals hear these words chronically - but it's not necessary with a little thought. Here are the most common career mistakes I see: 1. Failing to have a plan – All very successful people have a clear action plan for...
Making the most of your layoff

Making the most of your layoff

Despite statistics that indicate many of us are in a growing economy, layoffs will continue to be the norm.  I meet many people who were surprised after their employer started headcount cutbacks while business and stock prices were growing.  This means that many solid...
5 Tactics for shameless self promotion

5 Tactics for shameless self promotion

I'm not saying I love these, but I've seen them help people move forward as a result: It's important that those who are in a position to benefit your career know who you are and what you’ve accomplished. 1. Develop an 'elevator speech' - Develop a short message and...