Boost-Your-Likeability-IQ

Boost Your Likeability IQ!

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. -Norman Vincent Peale A big factor in how people judge you in your interactions, meetings, transactions and presentations is based on your likeability or perceived likeability. Theodore Roosevelt stated, “The most important single ingredient in the formula for success is knowing how…

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Lessons from an empty nest

The time has come. I’ve known this day was coming for a very long time and I realize that many others have gone before me. The empty nest. Over the next two weeks, my three sons will be leaving home, college bound. In processing through the many different emotions associated with his life change I’ve…

Rest-for-the-Weary

Rest for the Weary

“Rest and motion, unrelieved and unchecked, are equally destructive.” – Benjamin Cardozo A story is told of a man who challenged another to an all day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day.…

The-Truth-About-Troubles

The Truth About Troubles

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. –   Mark Twain In Bits & Pieces a few years back a story is told of Somerset Maugham, the English writer, who once wrote about a janitor at St. Peter’s Church in London. One day a young…

Dont-Clone-Yourself

Don’t Clone Yourself

A boss of mine early on in my career had a tough, almost bulldog, style. He was a pragmatic, no nonsense guy. He didn’t have a wide vocabulary and didn’t spend a lot of time talking about concepts. He was super loyal to the company and even more so to the branch of which he…

Whats-Your-Next-Move

What’s Your Next Move?

When I hear somebody sigh that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, compared to what? –          Sydney Harris What are the top challenges you face as a leader in your business or organization? In a list generated by Sheryl Nance-Nash at dailyfinance.com she provides the Top 10 Challenges for CEO’s in 2011.…

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How to Assess Problem Employees: Will vs. Skill

Do you have a marginally performing employee?  Not sure exactly what to do?  Should you keep supporting them? When (in what circumstances) should you terminate their employment? A friend of mine, a certified executive coach, gave a great example of how to simplify decisions when dealing with low-performing staff:  Determine if your employee has the…

The-Leader-as-Authentic-Actor

The Leader as Authentic Actor

Actors on stage and screen are not genuine. They are fakes. They are playing a part, not themselves. Of course, we expect them to do this and, furthermore, we expect them to do it really well, to convince us that they are the character they are playing. But what about a managers who has to…

What-Drives-Leaders

What Drives Leaders

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing established business author Dan Pink. One of the questions I asked him was how important Empathy is to Leadership….to which he replied:  It’s hugely important. It’s very hard to lead without being able to see the world through the eyes of those your leading. That’s especially true…