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

The Power of Product

Eric Nitzberg | September 1st, 2012

I recently finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.  Terrific read!  One of the themes that is so remarkable in the book (and also in Jobs’ life) is the power of an outstanding product.  Jobs was so passionate, so obsessive […]

Leadership Lessons from Kung Fu

Eric Nitzberg | August 4th, 2012

In my martial arts class recently, it occurred to me that being uncomfortable can be a good thing.  Somewhere between push-ups, jumping jacks and my own exhaustion-induced nausea the thought crept into my mind:  “This is really hard.  This feels […]

Saving a Life

Eric Nitzberg | July 24th, 2012

Last night I saved someone from choking to death. I was in San Jose.  I had just finished up meeting with a potential client, and I was driving to another meeting.  I saw a little strip mall with a few […]

How to Become an Authentic Leader

Eric Nitzberg | June 17th, 2012

How to Become an Authentic Leader It turns out the concept of “authentic leadership” is a pretty new one.  A recent review of academic articles on authentic leadership found fewer than 100 of them, and most were published within the […]

How to Speak Like a CEO, by Suzanne Bates

Eric Nitzberg | May 12th, 2012

Review of How to Speak Like a CEO, by Suzanne Bates This is a good overview of leadership communication skills.  It emphasizes authenticity, and it covers a broad range of communication topics such as speech / presentation preparation, question and […]

Leverage Better Technology in 2012

Eric Nitzberg | April 3rd, 2012

If you’re serious about getting something substantial done in 2012, you probably do a lot of planning, dreaming and strategizing around this time of year.  In my own planning for the New Year, one of my focus areas is to […]

Slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte

Eric Nitzberg | March 28th, 2012

This is a terrific book.  More than a primer on creating slides, it really is an introduction to visual design, and how to think like a visual designer.  It doesn’t provide technical guidance about how to operate Powerpoint; it’s all […]

Exercise for More Brain Power

Eric Nitzberg | February 19th, 2012

I’m currently reading Brain Rules by John Medina.  It’s one of a number of popular books on brain science that have striking relevance to leadership, and to modern life.  Here are a few ideas that really struck me: Research shows […]

Welcome to Nitzblog!

Eric Nitzberg | December 19th, 2011

Welcome to my blog! I am an executive coach, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on helping leaders prepare for high-stakes presentations. I decided to start a blog at the advice of my editor, as I […]