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Brand YOU

What is meant by your leadership brand and why it’s important? For starters, your leadership brand is how you convey value. It’s the distinct set of talents and personality traits for which you are known. Your leadership brand is reinforced by how you “show-up” and behave on a daily basis. If I were to ask you to select key words to describe the leadership brand of Elon Musk, for instance, you’d … [Read more...]

What Can You Control, Really?

Woo!  There’s A LOT going on across the world stage right now. These are not your garden-variety gnat-type changes that annoy you for a little while, or are easily remedied by clearing out the fruit bowl.  No, the pace and magnitude of change is more like one of those tenacious, squawking seagulls at the beach that make you cover your picnic basket and grab a stick to protect the … [Read more...]

How To Minimize “Shiny Object Syndrome”

Is there any better place than the land of adolescents for harvesting lessons learned in dealing with distractions? My husband teaches high school English (ever-courageous soul).  One of his favorite principals, now retired, had two questions he would ask students when he’d see them wandering the halls during class times: Where are you supposed to be right now? What is the most important … [Read more...]

Put Your Superpowers to Work

Quick! Answer the following questions: Spreadsheet or doc person? Big picture or detail driven? Phone, email, text or Slack communicator? People or data preference? Siri or Google search? White board thinker or mull privately? Generally, we have an affinity for how we think, communicate and make decisions. Tapping into the skills that come naturally to you is vital to capitalizing … [Read more...]

The “What” and the “How”

I’m intrigued by the concept of leverage…the notion of getting more with less energy.  Archimedes understood the power of leverage when he said, “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the earth.”  In today’s pile-it-on world, doing more with less is the order of the day, and nary a client isn’t struggling with how to keep the lever in balance. Early in your career, you are usually hired … [Read more...]

Roving Aimlessly?

Whether you set goals at the start of the New Year, the start of the school year, or on your birthday, the reality is distractions can be hard to ignore and even the best-made plans may feel at risk. A few months after setting goals you may give in to the fear that this time it won’t, in fact, be different. You respond by continuing to run full speed ahead - toward what, you’re not sure.  Like … [Read more...]

Unwrap the Gift of Time

I read recently that the average workweek is now 47 hours.  Based on many of my clients’ experiences, that’s an understatement.  For all the talk about work-life balance, the pressure on business leaders to be available 24x7 does not seem to be dissipating any time soon. And, all the ever-connected technologies at our fingertips don’t help the situation. Nonetheless, as a leader, your team … [Read more...]

JELL-O Mold or JELL-O Mess

Even if you buy the need for strategy, it’s hugely time-consuming and taxing to get your team or organization on the same page. In short, it’s something that most people avoid. It’s much simpler to just get ‘er done….regardless if what you’re doing gets you closer to your goals. We’re busy, people! Yet, when we dodge the time and energy needed to flesh out sound strategies for how to accomplish … [Read more...]

What’s Your Story?

Most of us have enriching backstories that never make it to the front page because we fear it will show us in a less than favorable light.  We tend to keep our introductions chronological, title-focused, and dare I say, sleep-inducing. A typical introduction goes something like this, “Hi, I’m Jane, the Senior Director of Marketing at XXX, with 25 + years of sales and marketing leadership … [Read more...]

S-M-A-R-T Goal-Setting Made Easy

Some people prefer to take each day as it comes and hope for the best.  They thrive on the spontaneity of it all, and I respect that fully.  Others stay clear of goal setting because they fear the possibility of failure.  The gremlin inside their head whispers, “If I don’t set goals, then I don’t have to lament not achieving them.”  While others aren’t necessarily opposed to goal setting, they are … [Read more...]