Bill Passed to Help Small Businesses

On Thursday, September 16, a bill was passed in the Senate to help small businesses with tax breaks government loans. This multi-billion dollar package is designed to help spur the economy as well as provide new jobs. With more money, small businesses are more likely to hire on new employees as well as grow with […]

How to Prepare for Your First Strategy Meeting

If you have never been involved in a strategy planning process before, the invitation from your executive for this work is both exciting and a bit intimidating. The idea of “strategy” sounds exotic and important, and while much of this work is less than exotic, it absolutely is indeed critical. This post offers a straight-forward […]

A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor

A Great Mentor Is a Difference-Maker I have been fortunate to be on the receiving end of a great mentor and to have served in that capacity for a number of now very successful professionals. The long-term impact of mentoring can be life and career changing. In my own situation, the mentor was a senior sales […]

Smart Managers Know They Don’t Have to Supply All the Answers

Something interesting happens on the road to developing as a manager. Your technical expertise—the knowledge and skills that enabled you to excel as an individual contributor—is decidedly less valuable at this new level. Unfortunately, many managers miss this point and burn a large amount of energy striving to remain the smartest person in the room. […]

8 Tips for Getting Started Successfully with Your New Team

Your promotion to leading a new team or function is simultaneously exciting and just a little bit nerve-wracking. The great news is that your boss has faith in your abilities and is betting her credibility that you’re the right person for the job. The butterflies-in-the-stomach part comes from you knowing that you’ve got a whole […]

10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People at Work

In every workplace, you will have difficult coworkers. Dealing with difficult coworkers, bosses, customers, clients, and friends is an art worth perfecting. Dealing with difficult situations at work is challenging, yet rewarding. You can vastly improve your own work environment and morale when you increase your ability to deal with the people at work. You […]

Three Leadership Hacks to Accelerate Success in an Era of Change

The phrase, “speed kills,” was coined in an era where by comparison to today, time seemingly advanced at the pace of my five-mile run—very, very slowly. Gone are the days of long-term strategic plans or slow development of big new projects and products. While long-term visions are always in style, the road map to reaching […]

Give Your Aspiring Leaders a Test Drive Before Offering the Promotion

The idea of leading is appealing to many individuals interested in advancing in their careers. However, the recognition that daily work life is focused exclusively on others, leaving little time for the endeavors they enjoyed as individual contributors is a deal breaker for many. In other situations, individuals suddenly thrust into the role without much […]

How to Survive and Succeed While Working for a Difficult Manager

In leadership workshops, I run a two-part exercise that first has the group identify and capture all of the behaviors of managers and senior leaders they hold in high regard. The input is always thoughtful and includes the expected comments of: Treat people with respect Back words with actions Offer constructive input and coaching Provide […]

Business Acumen 101

Running any business is a complex puzzle. In order to look at the big picture in your business, you need to know the answers to some basic financial questions. It is not enough for your CFO or some other “bean counter” to know this information. Business acumen requires every manager to be aware of these […]