Blog: Ideas for improving Executive Leadership and High-Stakes Communication

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 […]

Talent Acquisition and Retention in Social Enterprise

Eric Nitzberg | March 9th, 2016

While reading the Harvard Business Review in June, I came across “3 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Solve Their Talent Problem,” by Rebecca Doherty and Alfonso Pulido. Here is a summary of that article; I think the author’s conclusions are useful […]

Measuring Corporate Sustainability:
The Wild West

Eric Nitzberg | February 11th, 2016

Over a year ago, I decided to find out what it takes to lead a successful company that has a strong social or environmental purpose baked into its business activities. Interest in this area has surged in recent years, and […]

Managing Status in the Medical Community

Eric Nitzberg | October 13th, 2015

I once attended a gathering to celebrate the opening of a new, expensive university facility. Since I had been affiliated with the organization for several years, I decided to introduce myself to one of the senior leaders whom I had […]

Four Elements of a Great Presentation

Eric Nitzberg | July 24th, 2015

The longer I’m in the coaching business, the more I realize how helpful it can be to break a skill or behavior down into its component parts.  There’s something about knowing what the ingredients are—the recipe, if you will—that makes […]

Know Your Audience

Eric Nitzberg | June 23rd, 2015

I once worked with a pharmaceutical CEO who had been presenting effectively for decades.  He had passion and flair—a great salesman and engaging communicator.  But for the scientific regulatory audience he was preparing to speak to, his tone was a […]

The Communication Toolbox

Eric Nitzberg | March 10th, 2015

We all grow up with our own unique communication style. Some people by nature are very direct. They come right to the point. They tell it like it is. They don’t mince words. Other people are more diplomatic, more indirect, more […]

Don’t Climb Alone

Eric Nitzberg | September 22nd, 2014

I recently wrote about an experience I had trekking in Nepal and how its lessons apply to leadership.  Another powerful lesson came to me when I was sick, scared and alone in a remote village in the foothills of Mt. […]