Every so often someone tells me they want to ‘confront’ their ‘shortcomings’ and then ‘make strategic changes.’ Sounds sweet, so why am I cringing? For one, it’s almost always after someone has told them they need to change because they don’t fit in. It’s usually their manager of some sort, but occasionally it’s someone more […]Read More I Love You Just the Way You Are
I’ve been talking with some people for years, trying to define ‘relationship’ in the context of networking as a step to defining how to value those relationships. I’m giving up on those conversations as of today. For one, they are based in the assumption that one person is worth more than another. No doubt, someone […]Read More Networking for the New Year (and beyond)
The economy might, on average, be improving, but if you – or someone you love – worked in a factory that closed, the odds are, their personal economy is worse. Maybe even a lot worse. It’s easy to blame it on politics and trade agreements, but let’s talk about what business owners can do to […]Read More Back to Work!
Now, I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it’s kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for the already-successful, guru-ninja-rockstar leader. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives. So here’s […]Read More Leadership Presence is More than Just Being There
You can tell autumn is nearing when you get emails from auto repair shops promoting the Seven Point Winter Checkup. Even when you live in the center of one of the biggest cities in the world and are on first-name basis with your favorite Lyft drivers. But it’s not a bad idea to pay attention […]Read More The Seven Point Career Checkup
Ask any manager about their least favorite tasks, and more than likely they’ll put performance evaluations at or near the top of the list. Why? Lots of reasons, not the least of which is the assumption that you need to find something deficient in each staff member and come up with a brilliant idea for […]Read More Three Questions for Performance Management
A lot has been written about the complexities of executive onboarding, generally giving a calendar of a few months duration to fully get with the program. Executives, one might infer from this, are hothouse flowers requiring judicious amounts of care and feeding lest they wilt before their time. Or worse. I don’t buy it. Really, […]Read More Onboarding: The First Seven Days