What Makes a Great Boss/Manager

By |January 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Boss/Manager

The great bosses give their folks a say in HOW they accomplish a task.  It’s the job of leadership to set the vision and strategic direction.  Managers break it down into the key goals and high level milestones that will get the company there.  Then the great bosses step back and support their people […]

Tips on How to Communicate Better at Work

By |December 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips on How to Communicate Better at Work

Folks make up a lot of “rules” about communication.  Things like “I can’t ask this” or “they should know what I mean”.  In actuality, there’s great power in stating what’s going on.

Miscommunication is a HUGE time waster.  We don’t take the time to clarify upfront, because we’re in a hurry and too busy.  But […]

Types of Toxic Co-Workers You Need to Steer Clear Of

By |November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Types of Toxic Co-Workers You Need to Steer Clear Of

Here are some toxic coworkers to avoid as much as possible:

Those who make it all about them:  their accomplishments, what they need for their project, their deadlines, what they want to say, etc.
Those who take all the credit and never acknowledge a team effort
Those who expect others to help you with […]

Difficult Conversations at Work

By |October 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Difficult Conversations at Work

My clients bring a wide variety of difficult conversations to their coaching sessions.  Here are a few of the most common:

Overlooked for a promotion:  There’s no way around it – you need to have the conversation with your manager about your career path and how he/she can help you develop to be ready […]

Signs You Work in a Toxic Workplace and How to Deal

By |September 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Signs You Work in a Toxic Workplace and How to Deal

I’m a veteran of TWO toxic workplaces – first in banking, then in telecom.  Now I coach leaders daily who are still neck deep in the muck!

Some common toxicities & tips:

Favoritism:  Favoritism is awfully hard to prove.  Many times we believe others are the “favorite” when in actuality, they just have the skillsets […]

The Effects of Group Think in the Workplace (and How to Combat Them)

By |August 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Effects of Group Think in the Workplace (and How to Combat Them)

From a leadership perspective, the only good thing about group think is that it creates apparent harmony in the workplace since the group all agrees on whatever it is they’re thinking.  But study after study has shown that diversity of though leads to better decisions and healthier firms.

When I was VP of marketing, if […]

Habits of Highly Influential People

By |July 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Habits of Highly Influential People

Highly influential people generally have the following characteristics:

Character – they lead by example
Expertise – they know their stuff and are great at what they do
Connector – they value relationships and are great networkers who love serving as a resource and referring others
Collaborator – they know how to negotiate and compromise […]