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

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

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

Mature Businessman With Chin on Hand Pondering Self-Awareness in Business

How To Develop Self-Awareness In Business (Yes, It Matters!)

A business friend of mine named Garret once played a mischievous trick on his employees. He pulled out their resumes from his file and made a few changes to them.  He altered the employees’ names, the names of the companies they’d worked for, and other details that would identify each employee. At the next staff … Read more