Career Caffeine—How to Uncover Your Professional Value Proposition

Thinking about looking for a new job? I’ll wager the first thing you feel compelled to do is update your résumé. It’s a nearly universal reflex. And, it’s wrong. My advice is to push away from the keyboard and spend time gathering data and thinking through the value you bring to your teams and firms. It's time to form and articulate your professional value proposition.

By |2020-11-06T06:56:08-06:00November 6th, 2020|Career, Career Reinvention, Self-Development|0 Comments

Career Caffeine—Why You Need a Sponsor More than a Mentor

Don't let the title of this article mislead you; I love mentors. I've been on the receiving end of several great individuals' wisdom and support during my career. However, it's the sponsors in my different organizations that advocated for me and opened doors to opportunities that challenged me to stretch, grow, and succeed in real-time.

By |2020-10-16T09:30:37-05:00October 16th, 2020|Career, Influence, Just One Thing, Self-Development|2 Comments

Four Big Ideas to Help You Cultivate Influence in a Sharp-Elbowed Environment

I love the "clean power" approach to cultivating influence because it's how I choose to conduct myself. Many others have adopted their version of it for similar reasoning. However, not everyone plays by rules you deem fair, and not everyone has your interests at heart. Here are four ideas to help you survive and thrive when you find yourself working in a sharp-elbowed environment.

Free Webinar and Early Bird Pricing for First Time Managers Academy

We've got two great professional development opportunities launching over the next few days. Our free webinar, Think Differently in a World Where All the Rules Have Changed runs on 9/9 at 11 AM Central. And, our live-online First-Time Managers Academy kicks off on 9/10. Early registration pricing for the Academy ends at 11:59 PM on 9/3.

Why the New Manager Failure Rate is So Ridiculously High (Guest Post)

Most everyone agrees it's critical to build a leadership pipeline in our firms. Unfortunately, when it comes to new managers at the front of this pipeline, without proper care and support, the failure rate is abysmally high. Here are five areas where new managers flail and fail along with some help to improve the situation.

By |2020-08-24T08:58:24-05:00August 24th, 2020|Career, Emerging Leaders, First Time Manager Series|0 Comments

Want to Lead Change at Work? Focus on Growing Your Influence With a “Clean Power” Approach

If your mission is to get work done through and with others across your organization, you need to develop and apply influence. In this article, I share ideas and approaches you can use to engage and succeed in your organization's political environment without compromising your values.

Leadership and Management Book Talk—Our Favorite Little-Known Reads

Wally Bock and Art Petty connect to talk about their favorite, unknown books on this latest episode of the Leadership and Management Book Talk podcast. In what is never a surprise, they come at the topic from opposite ends of the spectrum.

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