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

The 5 Qualities of Successful Young Leaders

July 03 , 2014

The best way to become an effective leader is to disregard it as a goal and instead focus on a learning journey that combines formal experiences in a workplace with selective experiences of your own making.

Filed Under: Career Advice, Personality, personality, Professional Development, professional development, Your Career, your career

Change from the Inside Out

March 24 , 2014

Is change coming at you from the outside in, or the inside out? My experience in working with top leaders from business, government and education on five different continents is that the majority of change comes to us from the outside in. For example, when a new law is passed, we have to make...

Filed Under: Career Advice, Good Habits, good habits, Personality, personality, Social Impact

9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People

February 06 , 2014

First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others.

Filed Under: Confidence, leadership and management, Leadership and Management, Personality, personality, Your Career, your career

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

There Are So Many Ways To Be Smart

December 05 , 2013

During a continuing ed course when I was an equity analyst at Merrill Lynch, the instructor observed, “You’re really good at math.”

Filed Under: Career Advice, Personality, personality, Professional Development, professional development, Skills, skills

10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People

September 09 , 2013


Filed Under: charisma, Good Habits, good habits, Personality, personality