Leadership

Often Missing from Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity

I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I've seen that companies produce the best results and [...]

The Common Denominator for LinkedIn’s Top Companies

Yesterday LinkedIn released the latest version of its Annual Top Companies List, highlighting the organizations where professionals most want to work. As I read through the information, I was struck by a key commonality across each of the honorees. They are all boundary-stretching, envelope-pushing, fresh-thinking companies. Not just innovative, but innovative on steroids. We can [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23+00:00 By |Leadership|

Feeling Stagnant as a Leader?

Many leaders experience setbacks—or even failures. Perhaps they feel like their influence is waning. Their ideas aren’t translating, or their teams aren’t producing at the right level. These leaders might be doing all the right things, but their effectiveness seems diluted. Ever had that feeling? If so, the problem could be leadership blind spots. These [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23+00:00 By |Blind Spots, Leadership|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Am, [...]

Conveying Executive Presence: Video Tip

Certain leaders just seem to have that “Business X Factor”—something that propels them to the top of an organization almost effortlessly. Opportunities emerge. Doors open. Advancement occurs on a fast track. Some people refer to this intangible, success-attracting quality as executive presence. What is it exactly? And how can you incorporate those elusive attributes to [...]