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Make your deficit your greatest asset

Have you ever struggled with identifying what unique qualities and characteristics you bring to the table?  Have you been faced with stiff competitio...

Why is my WERQ instructor smiling?

How to lead and influence through expression “Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleas...

Are you a Decathlete or Specialist at Work?

At work, do you do one thing really well or have you developed the ability to do many things with a high level of proficiency? I look forward to ...

Improve your Presentations with an Actor’s Moves

When we go to the theatre and see actors on the stage communicating a story we get wrapped-up in the action and forget that the lines that are spoken ...

Conduct Team Meetings like a Yogi

We all attend more meetings than we would like. Some are more effective than others. Many are status updates or reporting forums while others are brai...

Leadership Lessons from the Boy Scout Handbook

Sometimes what is old is new again. The Boy Scout Handbook was first published in 1910 and it has recently been used to turn around a troubled school ...

Make a business case – it TRUMPS name-calling

As I observe the insanity we currently called the Republican Presidential Debates I am amazed at how the candidates seem to miss the boat on what most...

Lead with a Headline: Remove Presentation Static

head·line noun - a head of a newspaper story or article usually printed in large type and giving the gist of the story or article that follows. ...

Bryan Cranston on How to Fake It

You’ve all heard the expression, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” In essence it’s a technique to avoid the trap of a self-fulfilling prophecy rel...

8 Balance Best Practices from 5 Women Leaders

“Managing it All” is a phrase we may aspire to but are often challenged to achieve. On Friday, October 16th, MB Financial’s Women’s Leadership...

Feeling Entitled? – It’s the surest way to NOT get the promotion you want!

What stands in the way of you getting that next job promotion you want so badly? Is it your experience? Your education? Your timing? All these factors...

What does a business consultant do?

While mingling at a networking event, one of the most common questions asked is, "What do you do?" Wouldn't it be fun to be able to respond with, "I'...

Amy Poehler’s Awesome Career Advice

Just when I thought there was no refreshing new advice on how to best manage your career – Amy Poehler stepped up to the plate. She covers a plethor...

Professional Presence is just a Tweet Away

You are new to the organization. You are learning the ropes and trying to figure out the culture and the politics of the company you are now working f...

Leadership is a contact sport

CEO Coach, Marshall Goldsmith, recently blogged about his new model for leadership development that involves 8 steps outlined in more detail at http:/...

Are your employees engaged at work?

In Sunday's NY Times there was a featured article called Why You Hate Work By TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATH MAY 30, 2014 Here are some ...

Coaching in action at hbk

What if there was an established channel in our organizations where the senior people could learn from the junior people and the junior people could b...

What Google looks for when they hire

This past Sunday in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman featured “Part 2” of his interview with Google’s Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president ...

Watch your tone, Missy!

“Watch your tone, Missy!” I heard that a few times growing up from my parents and I knew exactly what it meant and still cringe today thinking abo...

Increase your influence by perfecting your pitch

If they'd only ask what you thought. You have twelve ideas percolating in your head about ways to improve the business processes, but will anyone ...

Free the business strategy and mobilize people power

As a leader in an organization, you are likely to be perceived as the one with the answers. You can expect team members to look to you for direction a...

Cascading communication is key to success

What would it mean to you and your organization if your employees were well informed, clear on strategy and focused on the right things? I know we ca...

Stuff Authentic People Say

Jack and Suzy Welch's recent opinion piece in FORTUNE (April 9, 2012) shares three guidelines for how any leader can tap into and communicate their au...

Good advice for the Class of 2012

I found this commencement speech by Charles Wheelan to be refreshing and very practical! 10½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said," by Cha...

A New Year’s Resolution: Write Now

After reading Diane Keaton's memoir, Then Again, I was reminded of the power of keeping a journal. Diane's mother wrote about her life and those she ...

Putting things in context

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to good communication is the absence of context. Context is defined as a set of facts or circumstances that surro...

Coach and Be Coached – opportunities abound

I picked up the latest issue, 10/3/11, of the New Yorker today and read Atul Gawande's article, Personal Best. He wrote about the reality that ...

A Field Guide to Successful Panel Moderation

Moderating a panel can be a great opportunity to enhance your own visibility while managing a dynamic conversation between experts in the field. The ...

Dan, Dilbert and the words we use

Last evening I ran into my neighbor, Dan, after we had both parked our cars in our respective garages and were making our way through our backyards to...

Building a Personal Board: ideas from Bernick & Carpenter

I have always been a believer in the concept that each of us needs our own personal board of directors - a group of people we can pull together four t...

Media Interviews: Be Bold, Bundle, Bridge and Bounce

Sitting down for an interview with the media assumes a few things: You are prepared, you've done your homework, you know about the reporter and the p...

Seeking Advice: Networking Protocol that Builds Bridges

It has happened to all of us. We are introduced to a professional colleague who piques our interest. Maybe they are pursuing a line of business that...

Reach your goals and live the lessons

Sustaining the effort is key to reaching your goals. My newsletter this month features many ideas on how to "live the lessons" to ensure success both...

Working with the Waves that come your Way…

Earlier this month on vacation, I found myself in Huntington Beach, CA. (better known in some circles as "Surf City"). My visit just happened to coin...

What Wooden’s words communicate

Former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden died at age 99 on June 4, 2010. His legacy as a coach will live on and even in retirement - through speeches...

Defining Success – The Courage to Choose Work you Love

How do you measure success? If you live on the north shore of Chicago chances are that things like a good education, a prestigious career where you c...

Seven Communication Practices for Personal Success in 2010

The arrival of Spring signals an opportunity to refresh skills and try on new techniques to improve your personal communication. In a down economy i...

Cardio Kick Boxing or Corporate Interview: Make first impressions count

On Saturday I went to take a cardio kick-boxing class I attend on a regular basis. It is normally taught by an energetic and very fit young woman nam...

Substitute Men – inventive opportunity in South Korea

Listening to a story yesterday on PRI, Jason Strother tells us about a service for the stressed-out in South Korea. It’s called “Substitute Men”...