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How to Lead a Strategic Influence Campaign

Aaliyah is the Chief Sustainability Officer of a Fortune 500 company. Months into her job, however, she realizes that a better description of her role would be “cat herder.” She has no positional authority over the very senior stakeholders she needs to influence—and they all have different interests. In short, Aaliyah must embark on a […]

How to Successfully Onboard to Your New Executive Role

You’ve just been hired into a new, big role. How should you spend your time in those critical early months to set the stage for success? It’s a big question, because nearly half of all leadership transitions are seen as failures or disappointments after two years. The reasons? Most often, it’s an inability to adapt […]

How to Inspire Your Employees During Lean Financial Times

Recent months have been particularly tough for leaders. On one hand, the economic outlook is stormy: a majority of CEOs have been expecting a recession (albeit a modest one). Investors are tighter with cash than a year ago, squeezing companies to reduce spending. Meanwhile, back-to-office rules, which are challenging for employees, and also painful for […]

10 Tips For Finding Your Next Executive Role

A job search is a bit like dating. There are two sides to the adventure: first, you have to get to know yourself better—your interests, strengths, likes and dislikes, what you’re looking for. And second, through interviews, you get to know who’s “out there.” In a good job search, those two things work together.  Learning […]

The Power of Getting Over Yourself

A mentor once commented to me that she had mostly “gotten over herself.” We were talking about playing a larger role in the world, having a bigger platform, stepping into more impactful places. Her point was, you have to get out of your own way. I knew exactly what she meant. How many of us […]

Tough Times At Your Company? Uplift Yourself And Others With An Inspiring Vision

As “rolling layoffs” continue in technology companies, leaders have even more to manage.

Surprisingly, at times like these one of the most powerful moves you can make as a leader is to pick your head up, pull yourself out of the malaise, and focus on the most inspiring vision for the future that you can imagine.

How Successful C-Level Leaders Become Company Leaders

You’ve arrived—you’re now a successful C-level leader. You’ve gotten feedback that you’re doing a great job leading your function. Things are going well. What’s next?  Your next step is to move into “company level leadership,” where you retain the same title, but your influence expands well beyond your function. It’s a little-known fact that there […]

Well-Being is More Important Than Achievement

Most retired people I know are happy. Many had careers they found satisfying. And when I ask, “Are you happier now?” They all say yes. Certainly part of that happiness comes from the lack of career stress and the freedom to do what they want each day. But there’s another element of freedom that retired […]

Leaders Need Compassion—Now More Than Ever

You ask your direct report how they’re doing. “I’m doing OK,” they say. But here’s what they’re thinking: “I’m exhausted. The past two years have been tough: COVID, isolation, George Floyd, January 6th, climate change, the war in Ukraine. Yes, I’m OK. But not really.”  In leadership development, an image that’s used to illustrate human […]