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Collaborator, Coauthor, or Ghostwriter? How to Decide Which You Need

Early in my career, I collaborated with CEO Jim on his business book. After I’d completed the first draft and he reviewed it, we sat together to discuss a few revisions. Primarily, he wavered over whether to include this or that anecdote collected from an interview with a client or staff member. His wife didn’t [...]

How NOT to Respond to a Demanding Boss

Demanding bosses don’t “take well” to people without the same sense of urgency, accuracy, and curiosity as they have. In last week’s blog “Confessions of a Demanding Boss — How to Manage Them,” I owned up to the label “demanding.” Although I don’t rant, rage, or ransack the office because I’m displeased with someone, I [...]

Confessions of a Demanding Boss: How to Manage Them

I don’t yell, rant, curse, pitch fits, or get in your face when things go wrong.  But as the owner of a training company, I probably would have labeled myself a demanding boss. You may work for a demanding boss as well—one who’s driving you nuts! Recognize these habits? Emails to your inbox at all [...]

The Single BEST Way to Get Smarter

“You’ll be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,” was the motto of one of my mentors, Charlie Tremendous Jones. One caveat I’d add: The people you meet may change your life all right—but they may not make you any smarter. [...]

12 Communication Habits to Become Better Team Leader

Let’s face it: Most professionals don’t have the gumption to point out to their boss habits that are killing morale, draining productivity, and building an emotional wall. In consulting with organizations for three decades and hearing clients complain about the communication—or lack thereof––from their boss or coworker across the hall, I’ve compiled the following list [...]

Love Notes to Share With Your Valentine

Those of you who routinely follow my blog know that I typically write about business topics: leadership communication, executive presence, sales presentations, business writing, and book writing and publishing.  But since we’re celebrating love this week with Valentine’s Day, I’m turning to personal relationships at home. Maintaining rewarding love relationships is both difficult and important. I’d [...]