4 Simple Steps To A Happier, Heartier Mind at work

July 28 , 2014

Are you a busy bee but don't feel you're flying high? Frantic activity doesn't always feel good or work great. Here are four simple steps that help me in moving to a calmer, more productive and happier state of mind at work.

Filed Under: Best Advice, best advice, Happiness, Insights, insights, Your Career, your career

Are you a dud in meetings?

July 14 , 2014

For too many years to be proud of I just didn’t know how to perform in the strange beast known as ‘the meeting’. What I did notice, though, whether right or wrong, fair or not, was that performance in meetings appeared to be a proxy for career progression. Even at the very least, it was a factor...

Filed Under: Insights, insights, Personality, personality, Self Reflection, Social Impact

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along – In the Office

June 26 , 2014

For most working people, we spend more time at work than we do at home, so it’s important to have healthy relationships with the people we work and interact with, including employees, managers and customers. Dealing with personalities, moods and egos can be tricky. Since we can’t change them, then...

Filed Under: Behavior in the Workplace, behavior in the workplace, Insights, insights, Office Politics, office politics, Rational Thought, rational thought

Traits of a Motivated Leader

June 12 , 2014

If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated leaders are driven to achieve beyond expectations – their own and everyone else’s. The key word here is ...

Filed Under: Attitude, Insights, insights, Leadership, Success, success

How To Build Relationships Of Trust

May 22 , 2014

Trust is a core ingredient to build successful relationships. Both personal and professional ones. It is a major leadership characteristic. However, you can´t take it for granted. You need to work hard to earn trust and to keep it. 

Filed Under: Communication, communication, Insights, insights, Social Impact, Your Career, your career

What Good Strategy Is — and Isn’t

April 21 , 2014

I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but employing bad strategy masked as great strategy has to top the list. The pattern was quite simple — I would have a self-proclaimed brilliant revelation, chart a wildly ambitious new course, sell everyone on the vision while dismissing the naysayers, intentionally...

Filed Under: Insights, insights, Strategy, Productivity, productivity, Professional Development, professional development, Uncategorized

Making Feedback Pay Off

April 07 , 2014

Feedback frightens me. It probably frightens you, too. When we pour intense energy into a project, we don't want blunt opinions of our (supposedly) finished work. We crave pure praise from bosses, colleagues or customers. Even minor criticisms can be hard to take. Harsher responses feel like a kick...

Filed Under: Best Advice, best advice, Feedback, Insights, insights, Success, success

There's No Getting Around It: Communication Counts

March 20 , 2014

No matter who you talk to or what you read, at the heart of every major issue lies the same problem. As the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke said so well, " What we've got here is ... failure to communicate."

Filed Under: Communication, communication, Good Habits, good habits, Insights, insights, Skills, skills

What it Really Takes to Succeed

March 06 , 2014

The modern marketplace demands that people possess a wide range of skills. But what core qualities are truly essential to career advancement, regardless of industry or job?

Filed Under: Goals, goals, Good Habits, good habits, Insights, insights, Skills, skills

Are You A Hill-Finder Or A Hill-Taker?

January 30 , 2014

It's always exciting to hire someone who's talented and a good culture fit. But in my experience, it's easy to conflate that exciting person person's skill (and, importantly, passion) in planning and strategizing with his or her ability to execute an established mission. Especially from just a...

Filed Under: Cognitive Ability, cognitive ability, Insights, insights, Personality, personality, Psychology, psychology