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3 Ways to Get More Positive Feedback From Your Boss

By |2019-07-18T15:26:50-04:00December 10th, 2018|Business|

You can't improve without specifics. Most of us think about feedback as negative: being told by our manager that we've fallen short of a goal, or that our work processes need work, or that a behavior needs to change. And yes, negative feedback delivered thoughtfully and constructively, is critical to helping us make progress. Let's not overlook

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Pitching an Idea to Your Boss

By |2019-07-18T15:26:59-04:00November 29th, 2018|Business|

Your idea is only as good as your ability to sell it From ride-sharing to co-working spaces, and from Netflix to 3D printers, all of these were, at some point, brand new ideas. And each of them had a person (or people) behind the idea who saw the business potential in turning their idea into reality. But generating cutting-edge concepts isn't

3 Things That Women Say Yes to that Undermine their Impact at Work

By |2019-07-18T15:27:09-04:00November 13th, 2018|Business|

'I'll do it' may be costing you your career Most of us hope that our colleagues and bosses see us as helpful. Helping in the workplace has been recognized as an important and desirable organizational behavior for decades, from both an interpersonal relationship perspective as well as a business productivity perspective. When we're helpful, we contribute positively to the social and

3 Things to Do Immediately After an Argument at Work

By |2019-07-18T15:27:16-04:00October 31st, 2018|Business|

Blowing up can have a lasting impact if you don't address it as soon as possible. Author and business leader Margaret Heffernan once remarked, "For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate." Nevertheless, many of us would rather not engage in conflict, argument or debate (and maybe even avoid human interaction altogether). We work hard

Why the Most Successful Leaders Don’t Care About Being Liked

By |2019-07-18T15:27:26-04:00October 16th, 2018|Business|

Being liked is fleeting. Here's what matters more There's nothing wrong with wanting to be liked at work. According to Tim Sanders, author of The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams when your colleagues, direct reports and bosses like you, you have a better chance of getting promoted, being assigned special projects that interest

Staying Calm All the Time Can Actually Hurt Your Career. Here’s Why

By |2019-07-18T15:27:35-04:00October 8th, 2018|Business|

A dispassionate leader isn't inspiring anyone. When we think about effective leaders, many of us picture someone who is calm, cool, and collected under stressful conditions. We envision someone who is reliably even-keeled in the best of times and the worst of times, who can assuage anxiety with a placid demeanor during change and transition and is unruffled when

In a Sales Slump? Here’s 1 Simple Mindset Shift to Get You Out of It

By |2019-07-18T15:27:54-04:00September 27th, 2018|Business|

Your mindset matters more than you think. When it comes to evaluating success for salespeople, it's often focused on one thing: the win. Asking for the customer's business and getting a quick and enthusiastic "yes!" seems, at times, to be the only thing that counts. This mindset, and the aggressive behavior that it drives, comes at a cost. According

Want to Be a Better Public Speaker? Stop Talking and Do This Instead

By |2019-07-18T10:56:27-04:00September 20th, 2018|Speaking|

Your silence is a gift to yourself and your audience. Successful presentations motivate, educate, and inspire listeners to take action. From the attention-getting opening to the powerful close--and the concrete, key messages in the middle--memorable presenters know to how to deliver their content in an engaging way. How? By combining stories and statistics, by using gestures and movement that reinforce the

How Anyone Can Tell a Story like J.K. Rowling

By |2019-07-18T10:53:29-04:00September 17th, 2018|Speaking|

What we all can learn about changing beliefs and behaviors Top business schools ranging from Columbia to Wharton teach storytelling as a way to prepare leaders to deliver compelling, persuasive messages that appeal to both heads and hearts. Firms ranging from KMPG to Deloitte now couple candidate recruitment with storytelling, and companies like Nike and

10 Workplace Behaviors You’ll Regret (and How to Avoid Them)

By |2019-07-18T11:00:25-04:00August 31st, 2018|Business|

Manage your emotions at work so they don't manage you. Work is hard -- which is why it's called "work." Every day, we face challenges that range from solving difficult technical problems and making hard choices between competing priorities, to deciding what to delegate and generating new solutions to old problems. And we're expected to do all of that while staying calm, cool,