Financial Literacy Opens Doors

Speaking finance improves career opportunities After passing customs I walk into the main part of the Tianjin, China airport and enter a world of people speaking words I can’t understand and signs I can’t read. I must rely completely on my interpreters to help me make basic decisions.  (Asking for advice on where to site-see, […]

Executives Benefit from Versatility

The first question I was asked during my first day of college was “what’s your major?”  I thought the purpose of college was to explore ideas not limit options. I was given a college advisor who got the unenviable assignment of dealing with us misfits he labeled “undecided”. The pressure to specialize extends into business […]

For Career Growth, Be your own PR Agent

Setting Goals

The first question I was asked during my first day of college was “what’s your major?”  I thought the purpose of college was to explore ideas not limit options. I was given a college advisor who got the unenviable assignment of dealing with us misfits he labeled “undecided”. The pressure to specialize extends into business […]

Digital Influence Creates Career Edge

Employees with digital influence have a lot to offer. Since shifting from a manufacturing to information economy managers and leaders have seen their job descriptions and annual reviews include the phrase “The ability to influence others” – sometimes without authority.  Developing trusting relationships combined with good communication skills and a healthy amount of emotional intelligence […]

Communication Style Agility Produces Better Results

Holiday Challenge: Elevate the Quality of Each Conversation The holidays are great. But let’s face it. They can be a time of increased stress caused by a lot of poor communication. Why not use the next 30 days to elevate the quality of each conversation? Try this with Uncle Harry over dinner or your boss […]

Breaking the Silence in Teams

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Q: How can I get members of my team to speak up and improve communication? A: Encourage them to stop assuming how others feel and start owning the interpretations they create. To see American management 20 years ago, visit a company in India today. Like many other developing countries, India imitates American business.  Yes, U.S. businesses […]

Turbulent Times Part of New Normal

Leadership during turbulent times

Innovation is the cornerstone for surviving and thriving in today’s world of  V.U.C.A, Volitivity, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity; or what I describe in a white paper of the same name, The New Normal 2.0.  To not be aware of nor respond to the seismic changes in our economy, demographics, buying patterns and workforce demands is a […]

Avoid Past Goal Setting Mistakes

Your business goals are probably already set. But, how about those for your personal development?  And, what about re-evaluating those goals you have already set? Often, great plans start with a bang but end with a fizzle. So, why do well-intended people set goals but don’t reach them and what should we be doing differently? […]

The Triple Bottom Line Scorecard

Triple Bottom Line Scorecard

Can we support our people and the planet without sacrificing profit? Up until recently, the primary goal in business was profit and the most common tool to measure it was the P&L Statement. However, changes in society are pushing business to redefine success and how to measure it. Three converging forces have set the stage […]

30 Days to Better Leadership

coaching skills for leaders

We all want to become better leaders, because leadership is about making a real difference in the world. We don’t want to just manage people, but lead them. If a management course or a coach isn’t in the budget and your company hasn’t done 360-degree reviews in years, you still can improve. AZ magazine worked […]