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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 [...]

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 to Reduce Stress as a Leader and Feel Peaceful

Key employee leaving? Team conflict? Not making your numbers? Tight client deadline? New competitor entering the market? Family conflict? Health challenges? Few leaders are strangers to stress. Some succumb to a heart attack or stroke. Others simply endure in silence. Only a few feel rock-solid serene through it all. From the very opening pages of [...]