It’s Past Time to Rethink the Role (and Label) of Manager

The view on the role of Manager is a relic of yesterday’s thinking and practice in management. It’s an industrial revolution hangover that is ripe for retirement to a museum display. The label and old meaning don't hunt in a digital world. 

Winning the Inner Game of Leading With Positive Self-Talk

Fear, self-doubt, and the tendency to catastrophize situations are your adversaries as a leader. The essence of life is overcoming challenges. Instead of allowing your negative emotions to rule you, engage in a little self-trickery and reset and reframe the negatives to positives.

Ignore these Five Facts of Organizational Life at Your Peril

The "I" topic for influence comes up regularly in my emerging leader coaching calls. Individuals frustrated with their assignments or feeling as if they're being bypassed for the best opportunities mostly share one common thread: they are under-invested in striving to grow their workplace influence. Here are five unavoidable facts of life that suggest influence development must be part of your work.

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.

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Asking the “Six Whats” Will Help You Strengthen Workplace Problem Solving

It’s an understatement to suggest this is a time for creative problem-solving in our organizations. Yet, too often, we react to symptoms or throw solutions at poorly defined problems. The failure to get to the root cause and underlying assumptions behind something that seems to be a problem results in half-measures and new, resultant problems. Here's a technique to stop the madness!

Uncover Your Professional Value Proposition to Improve Your Job and Career Success

Whether you’re looking for a job, asking for a promotion, or focused on reinventing your career, you need to be able to articulate and showcase your Professional Value Proposition (PVP). The same goes for situations where you are asking for more, including angling for a promotion or seeking a raise. It turns out, uncovering and articulating your PVP is a challenging exercise. Here are ideas to help:

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