2012

Improving your executive presence

Improving your executive presence

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. 

Getting out of your comfort zone

Getting out of your comfort zone

The most important thing you can do for your career growth only happens when you find ways to learn new skills. At the senior levels, these are mostly subtle, and rather than requiring a class, they force you to step out of your comfort zone. Even though this is a cliche, it's not so easy. Today's article focuses on 3 tools to help: 1) Commit to being uncomfortable, 2) practice new skills, 3) create opportunities. 

Strategic conversations

Strategic conversations

High-stakes conversations are a fact of life at the executive level. If you are strategic about them, you will be more likely to influence the outcome for the better. Today's article gives you three steps to be more influential in a strategic conversation: 1) define your goal; 2) listen to the voices in their head; 3) create your strategy. 

The most strategic habit you can develop

The most strategic habit you can develop

Counter-intuitive but true: sometimes the fastest way to do something is to slow down. Pausing is one of the most strategic habits you can develop. Three strategic moments to pause: 1) to start your day; 2) before key meetings and one-on-ones; 3) when you are surprised. I hope you find this useful! 

How to have a better fight

How to have a better fight

Conflict. So many people think that they have to contain conflict, resolve conflict and prevent conflict. And, if they would only hone their influence skills, they could prevent conflict. Wrong. Today's article underscores that 1) conflict is inevitable, 2) so make sure you pick the right fight, and 3) learn from the experience.