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 […]

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 […]

How to Earn an MBA from Anywhere with Internet Access

We all know that we’re living in a fast paced world where everyone is busy calculating steps to climb higher in their particular fields by working hard and late in their workplace, but there’s something more that can be done to give a boost to your career and get a quick access to a higher […]