The Power Of Reader-Centered Business Writing

With all the communication tools available to us, there is still massive mutual mystification when it comes to clearly understanding each other.  Many factors contribute to that, including the languages people speak in our diverse workforce. A US Census report on findings from 2009-2013 found that sixty million Americans speak languages other than English at … Read more

Act Like A Leader Before You Are One

Act Like A Leader Before You Are One

Every day, all day long, each one of us “acts” for whatever role we are playing at the time: spouse, friend, parent, boss, subordinate, and so forth.  It’s not that you’re faking it, rather you are learning, adapting, and taking responsibility for your effect on others. You are choosing who you want to be each … Read more

Two hands putting puzzle pieces together to illustrate the importance of connections in business

Make Business Personal: The Importance Of Connections In Business

People like to say business isn’t personal, but it is personal.  All of life is people personally interacting with other people. Work is people interacting with people but with money and title attached to it. (Personal, in this post, doesn’t mean inappropriately intimate; you needn’t border on sexting.) Every interaction in business has the potential … Read more

Man Straightening Tie As Part of Managing His Executive Presence

4 Steps To Revamping Your In-Person Executive Presence

It’s time to put on some real pants.  Yes, your sweatpants are cozy, but in-person work and work events are happening again and unless you work in a very specific industry, you’re going to need to “up your game,” so to speak.  But it’s more than just your clothes that may need changing. You have … Read more

A Hand Placing Block That Says "Trust" in a wood block wall. "Building Trust At Work"

The One Step Guide To Building Trust At Work

A reputation for integrity and trustworthiness is worth whatever it may cost to build it. Integrity can make or break your career.  Building trust at work makes you more likely to be promoted, motivates your peers and subordinates to follow you, and helps you stand out from the crowd.  Conversely, break trust (even once) by … Read more

Female Boss Giving Constructive Feedback to Male Employee

7 Steps For Giving Constructive Feedback To Your Employees

Just as you owe it to people to praise them, you owe it to them to offer constructive feedback.  When you have individuals directly assigned to you, it is essential to be a teacher, mentor, positive critic, and advocate for their personal and career growth. You can’t do this if you aren’t giving constructive feedback. … Read more

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3 Key Benefits of Executive Coaching That Can Change Your Career

It’s exciting to once again be entering a new year and a fresh start (although I’m a little concerned about a year that sounds like “2020 Won”). A new year always feels like a chance for positive change.  I’m not talking about grandiose New Year’s resolutions (although those are all well and good). Instead, I’m … Read more