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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. 

Thinking fast on your feet

Thinking fast on your feet

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.

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. 

Labor Day - Work smarter this fall

Labor Day - Work smarter this fall

Pick one idea and try it, or make up your own and try it. Commit to something, refine it and let it lead you to a different future. The more quickly you turn a new habit into a routine, the less effort and willpower it requires. The goal is to "embed" your new habit so you don't have to think about it, just like brushing your teeth or reading to your kids when they go to bed, just part of the routine.