Leadership Lessons from Real Cowboys

In business, too often a courageous, think-and-act-outside-of-the-box individual is pejoratively labeled a cowboy.  As if being a cowboy is a bad thing! Whoa! That’s exactly what I want on my team. Why? Because I know cowboys — real cowboys. They are about inspiration, not regulation. They don’t worry about rules but rather principles, values, and … Read more

Kick-Off the New Year with a New Attitude

What’s your New Year’s Resolution this year? Eating healthier? Changing careers? Working out more? Most of our resolutions revolve around external activities and habits (and according to studies shared on Inc., most of us quit on them by the second week of February – yikes!). But could I suggest a different resolution for this year? … Read more

3 Keys to personal branding

3 Keys to Personal Branding

Today’s workforce is multigenerational and diverse, but despite generational and cultural differences, there is one fact that remains true for everyone. Whether you are Gen-Z, a Millenial, Boomer, or Gen-X, you have to separate yourself from contenders in a competitive environment.  This fact remains true even if you are working virtually rather than face to … Read more

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

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