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6 Secrets to Becoming Your Own Boss

Not everyone longs to be THE boss of a large team or organization. But given a choice, most of us would like to BE our own boss. We want the freedom to use our own judgment in making work-related decisions, to set our own work schedule, to earn at the income level we choose. Whether [...]

Are You Telling a Story––or an Anecdote?

No, it’s not just you. You’re not just imagining that half the blogs and books you’ve read in the last few years have urged you to learn to tell a great story. Here’s why. Stories make things stick. Professional speakers, CEOs, entertainers, trainers, and leaders have learned that data, marketing messages, instructions, procedures, or just [...]

How to Speak Up & Find Your Voice As a Leader

Chances are that as children, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama watched and admired a parent or another close relative speak their mind and take charge of difficult situations. The inclination to speak out on issues and the ability to influence others to act involves the will and the skill. You can increase both [...]

Are You a Leader With a Vague Vision?

The epithet “all flash and no dash” can be devastating to a leader’s career. When a leader has been highly successful as an individual contributor, he or she is often baffled about why their team has difficulty delivering results. Eventually the whole organization suffers because great employees leave weak leaders. Their exit means costs to [...]

5 Tips for Executives Who Become Public Speakers

Many professional speakers have a talk in search of an audience and then wonder why their listeners don’t find what they say relevant! The preparation is exactly backward. This process is particularly true of executives—both before and after they leave their corporate positions. Having coached executives for three decades, I routinely see the process: Someone [...]

Are You Emotionally “Up” As A Leader?

Anybody who’s managed people can tell you about good days and bad days. On the good days, you feel like a winning coach at the Super Bowl. On the bad days, you feel like you’re skiing just a few yards ahead of an avalanche. Most days fall somewhere in between. To increase your odds of [...]