Blog: Leadership

Saving Your Job

Eric Nitzberg | May 1st, 2014

Sometimes I coach leaders who are afraid they are at risk of being fired.  They may have good evidence to support this. For example, they may have just been transferred to a different department or moved to a more junior […]

Feedback: A Recipe for Improvement

Eric Nitzberg | April 9th, 2014

I doubt that most leaders fully understand the incredible power of giving feedback, or the great deal of suffering they cause by not giving it.  I am talking about situations where a boss is thinking things about a direct report’s […]

Habits of the Mind

Eric Nitzberg | March 20th, 2014

We all know there are simple things we can do to have a more healthy body, like eat well, rest and exercise.  But it only dawned on me recently that there is an equivalent sort of hygiene for the mind.  […]

Increasing Speed in Leadership

Eric Nitzberg | February 19th, 2014

I was recently asked a broad question about how to increase speed when leading projects with incredibly smart, opinionated colleagues.  While each of the steps below may seem to be things that would slow you down, in the big picture […]

Strength during Stress

Eric Nitzberg | January 23rd, 2014

Most executives have some periods of intense, unrelenting stress.  This can happen for example during a time the team is rapidly growing in numbers; during a mission-critical project where the stakes are very high; or during a time of crisis […]

Mindfulness and Leadership

Eric Nitzberg | January 8th, 2014

I am sometimes asked by leaders what they can do to become less reactive, and to remember to practice the things they are working towards improving. For example, an executive at a pharmaceutical company recently complained that she felt like […]

The Power of Matching

Eric Nitzberg | December 4th, 2013

In his book To Sell Is Human, Dan Pink writes about the importance of attunement as part of selling, whether the selling is formal (actual sales) or less formal (influence and persuasion). One approach to attunement is matching. By subtly matching body […]

The #1 Leadership Communication Mistake

Eric Nitzberg | November 18th, 2013

I have come to the conclusion that there is one pretty universal communication mistake that is the most damaging and causes the most mischief for leaders. Are you ready?  The mistake is:  not preparing well.  Yes, I know this is not very […]

Oasis Leadership

Eric Nitzberg | November 3rd, 2013

Another leadership metaphor occurred to me recently:  some leaders are like an oasis, and others are more like a thunderstorm. Some leaders are a quiet resource. They are not showy, they don’t seek the limelight, they don’t draw lots of […]

Starting a Leadership Fire

Eric Nitzberg | October 1st, 2013

It occurred to me recently as I was working with a client that developing your people is a lot like starting a fire. There’s an art in starting a fire. You have to know something about the materials that you’re […]