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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 […]
It’s All About Trust: Building a Leadership Team That Meets Today’s Challenges
The higher you go in an organization, the less insulated you are from the realities of the world. Given the unprecedented volatility all around us and the centrifugal forces within companies, leadership teams are facing extreme pressure. Some senior executives we’ve worked with have left the workforce entirely, and it’s unclear if or when they […]
How to Find Your ‘True North’ in an Increasingly Chaotic World
“I’ve been on a fast track most of my life—great schools, top companies. And I’ve done well. But I’m not happy. Covid and the state of the world have made me question everything. Should I make a big change? Is my work meaningful enough?”
The constant volitility around us, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have made feelings like these almost universal. They can be unsettling, even scary: they signal that change is coming. And change is hard.
Steps for Effective Delegation
Delegation is a powerful leadership skill that’s fraught with anxiety. Are you ready to let go and empower someone else, puting your success in their hands? What if you delegate crucial work to a direct report, and they don’t deliver? Or God forbid, what if they outshine you?
Delegation is so much more than just giving work to others. It’s a complex blend of skills, emotional capacity, and mindset.
How To Be A More Assertive Leader
Have trouble saying “no”? Asking for what you need? Advocating for your position? Maybe you need to be more assertive in your communication. Assertiveness allows you to clearly express your needs, while also taking the needs of others into account. Put another way, assertiveness involves being fully you, respecting both yourself and others, through your […]