It's not about being nice!

It's not about being nice!

One of the biggest misconceptions about how leaders talk to people is that they are supposed to be "nice." It's not about being nice! It's about using the right tools to come across clearly and not shut people down - for some that can be harder than it sounds! Use these tools: 1) Manage your tone 2) Frame it so they can hear you 3) Be specific.

The second article gives you some color commentary on this by exposing some of my pet peeves. I hope you find these helpful!

Building your social capital

Building your social capital

You can't just build your network once and check if off your list. You need to cultivate your social capital (a fancy term for the overall effectiveness of your network) over time. The way to do this is to: 1) Re-assess your network; 2) Reconnect with your network; and 3) Reform your network. The second article gives you some ideas on some key roles to add to your network. I hope you find these helpful!

Performance appraisals that aren't terrible

Performance appraisals that aren't terrible

It's that time of year! Performance appraisal season. There is plenty of confusion and dread about this process. How do you make it most useful? The best way to approach it: 1) Measure outcomes; 2) measure leadership behaviors; 3) get feedback from others. The second article discusses creating a"Leadership Manifesto" to define the leadership behaviors you expect. I hope you find these helpful!

Jedi productivity tips

Jedi productivity tips

It's the new year! There is no better time to refresh your habits and orient yourself to getting more done more efficiently. Three Jedi productivity tips to help you: 1) Create a power morning routine; 2) Use 20-minute time chunks; 3)Afternoon reflection The second article gives you specific tactics to help you get things done in small time chunks. I hope you find these helpful!

The voices in your head

 The voices in your head

To be a great leader you have to be a great communicator. So much can get in the way of that! To ensure your own communication is impeccable: 1) Tune in to your internal voices; 2) Manage your critical chatter; 3) Communicate clearly and often. The second article gives you specific tactics to help you communicate more clearly. I hope you find these helpful!

Managing yourself in tough situations

Managing yourself in tough situations

It happens to all of us. We screw up something and then have to fix it. Often "fixing it" means having a tough conversation. Many people don't like to do that, and they certainly don't like anticipating it. Here are three tools for you to help set yourself up for success: 1) Learning lab; 2) Label; 3) Forgive yourself. The second article gives you specific tactics to help you calm yourself down. We all need that. I hope you find these helpful!

Scaling your leadership

Scaling your leadership

Stepping into a much larger role is exciting and nerve-wracking. It requires you to expand yourself - to get as big as the new job. You need to scale your leadership. That may sound good, but what does that really mean? Three things to do: Three tools for you: 1) Set the big picture; 2) Scale your communication; 3) Reshape your network. The second article gives you specific tactics to scale your communication. I hope you find these helpful!

Managing your career transition

Managing your career transition

You've put your time into your functional area, you've achieved some success, and then sometimes it hits you: you want something broader, something more, something different. It's time to transition your career! Even though you might feel daunted, there are ways to do that, even when you are advanced in your career. Three tools for you: 1) Build your skills; 2) Translate your experience; 3) Engage your network. The second article gives you ideas about how to figure out what skills to build. I hope you find these helpful!

Getting buy-in for your ideas

Getting buy-in for your ideas

When you want to do something innovative, you have to get buy-in from the people around you. It doesn't just happen! Three tools for you: 1) Build alliances in advance; 2) Start small; 3) Appeal to their interests. The second article gives you ideas about how to figure out what "their interests" are. I hope you find these helpful!

Now you're the boss!

Now you're the boss!

You go through a lot of transitions in your career, and at some point you will likely be promoted to manage your peers. This can be challenging! Three tools for you: 1) Message to your new team; 2) Connect with your peers; 3) Quick wins. The second article gives you a script you can use to talk with your new direct reports. I hope you find these helpful!

Surviving organizational changes

Surviving organizational changes

Reorgs happen. So do mergers, integrations, and re-assignments. Whenever you get a new set of stakeholders you have to fine-tune your influence strategy, even if you are the boss. Three tools for you: 1) Draw a map; 2) Develop a strategy; 3) Teach your people. The second article gives you a refresher course on the rules of influence. I hope you find these helpful!

Earning the right to drive change

Earning the right to drive change

Being smart and great at your job is only part of the equation for success - and not the biggest part. You also need to have credibility and the support of those around you. Getting that support - especially if, sadly, you have alienated people already - takes effort. Three tactics to help: 1) Get sponsors; 2) Create positive buzz; 3) Challenge productively. The second article gives you some ideas about how to create positive buzz. I hope you find these helpful!

Building your business confidence

Building your business confidence

Having business confidence is essential to getting you to the executive ranks and making you successful once you are there. Confidence has two related but distinct aspects: feeling confident and coming across as confident. Three tools will help you get both: 1) increase your knowledge base; 2) get validation; 3) stand your ground. The second article gives you some words to use to help you stand your ground. I hope you find these helpful!

Influencing your enemies

Influencing your enemies

Enemies, rivals, antagonists. The hard truth about corporate life is that now and again you find yourself on the wrong side of someone. And yet, you still have to work with them productively. Learn to influence your enemies: 1) Communicate openly; 2) Do them favors; 3) Influence those around them. The second article gives you ideas of how to stay calm when you do the first step of communicating openly. I hope you find this useful!

What does it take to get promoted?

What does it take to get promoted?

Sometimes it seems no matter what you do you aren't getting that next promotion. Today's article focuses on what it takes to get promoted: 1) Look with fresh eyes at your organization; 2) Get deeper feedback; 3) Bridge the gaps. The second article gives you questions you can ask yourself to help look with fresh eyes at your organization. I hope you find this useful!