Blog: Communication

Developing Executive Presence: Why Your Words Matter

Eric Nitzberg | January 17th, 2017

Usually, if someone comes to me wanting to work on executive presence, or if their manager wants them to work on it, I begin by going down a mental checklist of key areas. There are many interrelated skills and behaviors […]

To Develop Your Executive Presence, Learn to Listen

Eric Nitzberg | December 14th, 2016

Executive presence is one of the most commonly asked for areas in leadership development and coaching. But, what is it? There is something of a mystery surrounding executive presence. Some see it as a high level of confidence and gravitas, […]

Does Coaching for Executive Presence Work Against Diversity and Inclusion?

Eric Nitzberg | November 10th, 2016

Executive presence means different things to different people, but generally it refers to communicating in ways that create a high level of influence and impact. This can get into murky waters. Is “executive presence” just code for adopting a style […]

Time Management Tips: Be Efficient (but Remember You’re Not a Machine)

Eric Nitzberg | October 11th, 2016

There are a number of strategies I recommend to help people improve efficiency and time management–a hot topic on the minds of many leaders. But I also recommend that executives remember that no matter how efficient they become, they are […]

Time Management Tips: Take Time to Save Time

Eric Nitzberg | September 14th, 2016

Most of the leaders that I work with, at one point or another, ask me about time management. Usually the question arises because they’re stressed and overwhelmed. Often they are balancing high-pressure leadership roles with the commitments of having a […]

Time Management Tips: Help Others Help You

Eric Nitzberg | August 16th, 2016

Most executives feel overloaded, at least some of the time. When a client tells me that they need to work on time management, I go through a “Productivity Checklist” with them, looking for areas they can further improve to make […]

How Withholding Feedback Hurts Your Employees and Why It Matters

Eric Nitzberg | July 12th, 2016

“I wish my manager had told me that the moment it came into her mind.” The more leaders that I work with, the more I’m struck by how critically important it is to give clear, timely, granular feedback—and by how […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 3

Eric Nitzberg | June 8th, 2016

Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. 9. Choose Your Method of Communication Carefully. It’s good to put a filter on your brain that’s always asking, “What’s the best way to engage in this communication?  […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 2

Eric Nitzberg | May 4th, 2016

Today we continue the three-part series with four more ways to develop diplomacy. Click here for Part 1. 5.  Suspend Judgment and Allow a More Complex Picture to Form. A close cousin to curiosity, suspending judgment means avoiding putting people […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 1

Eric Nitzberg | April 6th, 2016

I’m often asked to work with leaders who need to improve their ability to collaborate. Sometimes they are great at execution or great technically, but their very direct approach to communication has damaged key relationships.  Other times, they may be […]