At some point in your career you are likely to run into someone who talks behind your back. The antidote to negative gossip: Two do's and one don’t: 1) Talk to the person directly; 2) Get to know the people around the gossiper; 3) Don't start gossiping in response.
As the leader, you need a framework to assess your leadership team. Make sure you set your expectations for them to be 1) Functional experts 2) People leaders 3) Business leaders. The second article helps you plan your leadership team meeting.
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.
Thesecond article gives you some color commentary on this by exposing some of my pet peeves. I hope you find these helpful!
As your company grows, as your span of control grows, and most importantly as you grow as a leader, you need to scale yourself. The way to do this is through: 1) Mindset; 2) People; and 3) Process. The second article gives you some tools on how to delegate. I hope you find these helpful!
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!
Leading a large initiative is a great way to get recognition and advance your career. But it's not as easy as it looks! The best way to approach it is to 1) Build your influence; 2) Root out and resolve political issues, and 3) Exude confidence. The second article gives you some ideas on how to structure pre-meetings. I hope you find these helpful!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
You already know that your good work is critical, but not sufficient, for you to move forward. To get noticed, you need to be visible. One way to be visible is through succeeding in meetings, specifically 1) Get invited; 2) Prepare; 3) Exude confidence. The second article gives you some more visibility tips. I hope you find this useful!
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!
The new year brings big resolutions. But, the truth is that small course corrections are your best bet to actually make progress. Today's article focuses on the framework to make a powerful small change stick: 1) Pick a high-leverage change; 2) Get specific; 3) Make it a habit. The second article gives you three habits you can start right now to power up your career. I hope you find this useful!
Some people are naturally fast on their feet; the rest of us need to develop that skill. The best way to ensure you find the right ways to handle difficult moments and political environments is to plan. Today's article focuses on planning for three scenarios: 1) Moving forward your agenda; 2) Reacting to negative comments; 3) Giving in gracefully. The second article gives you hope: how to insert positive politics into your corporate life. I hope you find this useful!
Your vector is the direction you create out of your entire scope of what you have to get done at work and the force you put behind it. Today's article focuses on a recipe to help you create your vector: 1) Focus 2) Document 3) Communicate. The second article gives you ideas on how to move your vector forward. I hope you find this useful!
Moving up in your career requires that you learn how to scale your leadership. Easy to say, hard to do. Today's article focuses on 3 tools to help you right now: 1) Shift your mindset; 2) Build the team; 3) Create more process. The second article calls out common delegation mistake for you to avoid. I hope you find this useful!
Your network is important for your career, and that's true no matter who you are or what you do. Many people are confused about how to network strategically. Today's article focuses on 3 tools to help you right now: 1) Meet new people; 2) Deepen existing relationships; 3) Repeat. The second article gives you ideas on how to add value, always.
Let's face it: you spend most of your working day in meetings. Today's article focuses on how you can get more of what you want out of those meetings: 1) Hold pre-meetings; 2) Create a framework; 3) Make strategic concessions. The second article gives you some ideas to structure your pre-meetings.
Everyone loses their nerve now and again. Today's article focuses on 3 tools to help you give off confidence right now: 1) Find a role model; 2) Use your body; 3) Create a mental video. The second article gives you some ideas for your "pre-game" routine.
Story-telling may seem trivial, but it's an important way to make sure your message gets out. Today's article focuses on 3 key stories you should learn to tell: 1) Who am I, 2) Why am I here, 3) Where are we going. The second article gives you 3 tips to help you tell better stories. I hope you find this useful!
The un-pretty truth is that you need power to move up in your career. Today's article focuses on 3 ways to get more power without selling your soul: 1) Build your influence network 2) Get in the game 3) Ask. The second article gives you 4 tools to help you speak more powerfully. I hope you find this useful!
Executive presence is one of those terms that people throw out there and then have trouble describing. We all know one thing: executive presence matters. Today's article focuses on 3 ways to get your arms around executive presence (these are well researched by Sylvia Ann Hewitt, Center for Talent Innovation): 1) Gravitas 2) Communication 3) Appearance. The second article gives you some powerful questions you can ask others so you can get a handle on your own executive presence. I hope you find this useful!