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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.