An employee pushing back at work

The Value of Pushing Back At Work

Good employees look out for their company and their boss, even if it means standing up to the boss. Good bosses don’t want “yes” people to lazily agree with all of their decisions. Sure, everyone likes to feel validated and hear that their ideas are wonderful, excellent, and stupendous, but a good boss knows to … Read more

Man at typewriter with wadded up papers around him because he's making mistakes at work

Keep Making Mistakes At Work (Just Not The Same Ones)

You’re going to make mistakes.  In fact, if you’re going to go anywhere in your career, you should be making mistakes at work. Mistakes mean you’re taking risks and learning, not failing. But we’re often scared of making mistakes. A survey by Accountemps found that 28% of employees were scared of making mistakes. Sometimes, in … Read more

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

How NOT To Look At Work beside a picture of a man who did NOT avoid having a sloppy appearance at work. His clothes are a mess.

Avoid Having A Sloppy Appearance At Work (Book Excerpt)

As workplaces begin to open up again, now seems like a good time to remember that, unfair though it may be, people often form impressions based solely on what they see. It’s to your benefit to avoid having a sloppy appearance at work.  The following excerpt from my newest book Executive Presence For The Modern … 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