Running Your Career Like a Small Business

Run your career like a small business.

Even with all the assessments, scorecards and performance reviews, there appears to be a growing chasm between performance and perception.  Why just yesterday a coaching client of mine  – we’ll call him Tom – scratched his head when saying, “I thought my work would speak for itself. Now it appears, that in addition to my […]

Poorly Run Meetings Drag on the Economy

Poorly run meetings drag economy.

Would 30 billion in cost savings or added productivity make a difference to our lagging economy? I think so.   To get that huge number wouldn’t require a government bailout or an act of Congress. It’s would be much simpler than that, involving ground-up involvement.  Consider these facts.   Each day 11 million meetings take […]

Leadership Lessons from Abroad

Leadership Lessons from Abroad

As I boarded the first of three flights from Atlanta to Bangkok my only thought was how I was going to best serve my client.  Traveling internationally had become routine.  Little did I know that the teacher would become the student and I would be served up lessons I could never have seen coming. Twenty […]

Ineffective Conflict Resolution Puts the Brakes on Growth

The setting couldn’t have been better: The training room windows inside the lodge pole looked out onto a thick forest. At the other end of the room cushy leather chairs faced a fireplace. The food was gourmet-organic and during breaks we could take walks on the beach. The environment was harmonious. Perfect! For the 15 […]

The Journey From Success To Significance

Imagine you’re a mountain climber.  Your goal is to scale the world’s top three peaks.  Each will require great effort and sacrifice.  However, you determine you only have enough energy to climb one.  So you choose the most popular mountain.  You make it to the top and experience the thrill of success.  However, a deep […]

How Creativity Can Make Us Competitive

As tragic as they were, what lessons can the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters teach us that we can apply in business? According to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, NASA never fixed the underlying institutional problems that led to the 1986 Challenger tragedy. As a result, many of them played a role in Columbia’s […]

Hot Teams Support Top Executives

Hot Teams Support Top Executives

Q:  If it’s “lonely at the top” how I can get support as I grow in my career? A: Develop a “Hot Team” of people who advise, support and challenge. Before I sat down to write this column I had just finished a coaching session with a newly promoted mid-level manager. Julie started our conversation […]