Professional Success

Shifting from Manager to Leader

Just because you have a management title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a great leader. But making that sometimes-subtle shift is essential for the success of your career and your organization.

There’s a lot at stake.

So what’s the real difference between management and leadership? Effective managers are task-focused and might be described as dependable and organized. On […]

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How Can I Take Charge of My Own Leadership Development

Many people greet the new year with a renewed commitment to professional growth. But what about existing leaders? They often feel overwhelmed and put others first.

Unfortunately, demanding and stressful conditions could be holding them back from even greater success.

The truth is, we all need to devote time to  our own leadership development—no matter what level […]

Maintaining Leadership Balance Deliberate vs Authentic: Video Tip

Many leaders can come off as either too polished and phony or not polished and poised enough.  Knowing when and how to be authentic versus deliberate is the key to maintaining your leadership effectiveness.

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Identifying the Turning Points that Make Us Great

Please join me in welcoming a new guest blogger, Bernie Swain, co-founder of Washington Speakers Bureau and today’s foremost authority on the lecture industry.  Over the past 35 years, Swain has represented former US Presidents, cabinet members, business executives, public figures, media leaders, and sports legends.  His new book, What Made Me Who I […]

Moving from Doer to Driver: Video Tip

Ever feel like you are stuck in your current position? Want others to see you as a prime candidate for advancement? To demonstrate that you’re ready for the next level in your career, you need to shift from “tactical” to “strategic.” Make the move from doer to driver!

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You and Next-Level Leadership: Video Tip

How does your manager describe you? Words like action oriented, dependable, driven, and collaborative are all admirable. But to demonstrate you’re ready for next-level leadership, you need words like strategic, innovative, influential and resilient. It might seem like a subtle shift, but the potential impact on your career can be enormous.

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Presence: 5 Ways to Take Control of Your Leadership Brand

Have you ever noticed that almost all the coaching advice (solicited and unsolicited!) you receive is about how to deal with other people, workplace situations or a variety of outside factors that you don’t have direct control over? While this counsel is necessary and helpful, you may be looking for something that you have dominion […]

Authentic Leadership: Have We Gone Too Far?

While many professionals today have embraced the popular concept of the “authentic leader,” I often wonder whether that pendulum has swung too far to one side. In fact, this latest trend prompts me to think, “here we go again.”

Authentic Leadership

Don’t get me wrong; I think authenticity is an important attribute for leaders. It gives them […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #6: Insightful

When Brad spoke during meetings, people listened. And I mean really paid attention—the set-down-your-coffee-and-stop-checking-Facebook kind of listening that’s usually reserved for announcements by top executives. Even though Brad was a mid-level manager, he was known for making observations or recommendations that invariably helped to solve pesky problems that had the rest of the team stumped.

What […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #5: Executive

We see it happen in so many companies. Five or six mid-level managers all have about the same credentials and experience, but only a few of them seem to get more attention. And better projects. And greater opportunities. And the coveted promotions.

On paper, these leaders look very similar. In reality, only a few of them […]