SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE TOO FAST

I’m sure all of you have those times when your mind is racing so fast, you think your head’s going to explode.  And we’ve all heard about “mindfulness,” know the benefits of reflection and meditation, understand the importance of slowing down, and living in the moment.  But how the heck are we supposed to do that??  Read more

FINDING YOUR PERFECT MATCH

When I first started thinking about starting my own consulting practice, I had grand visions of being able to provide just about any kind of training and coaching solutions to just about every organization in existence.  I knew I had to build my  network to find all those clients and referrals.  I began attending networking events like a woman possessed.  My “aha” moment came while I was listening to a “30-second commercial” round-robin.  Read more

BE A SUPER-HERO

It’s SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!  Which got me to thinking, what makes a super manager?  You know – the one that’s excellent, first-rate, the best at what he or she does, the one who makes you want to go the extra mile?  Remember the best bosses you’ve ever had?  What set them apart from the worst ones?  Here’s a little activity to get your brain cells working: Read more

LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS ARE A DIME A DOZEN

I bet that got your attention, didn’t it?  But it’s the truth.  The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that 45,000 students graduated law school that year, and there were only 28,000 open positions.  Our accountant readers can figure the math here. Read more

YOU CAN DO IT ALL … OR CAN YOU?

Whenever I’m training and coaching a group of managers, one of the biggest challenges we talk about is delegating tasks.  Almost no one seems comfortable with it.  You all know you have to do it if you ever expect your children to recognize you when you walk in the door. Yet we’re all so resistant to it.  Here are the top reasons why: Read more

ARE YOU STAYIN’ ALIVE WITH YOUR CONTACTS?

I gave a strategic networking presentation last week to a group of executive men and women.  Some were “in transition,” some were thinking about transitioning, and some were employed full-time.  A couple of the participants admitted, somewhat sheepishly, that they weren’t very good at keeping  in touch with their contacts. Read more

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING WHEN YOU’RE NOT SAYING ANYTHING?

My heroine, Mae West, said it best:  “I speak two languages – Body and English.”  One of the essential components of communication is “You can never NOT communicate.”  Why?  Because approximately 93% of communication is nonverbal.  And all of us believe what we see more than what we hear.  What are your nonverbal messages saying? Read more

DUMP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

I read something the other day about the difference between resolutions and commitments, so I went to my trusty Dictionary.com and looked it up.  Here’s how they define those words:

 Resolution is “a decision or determination.”

Commitment is “the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself; a pledge or promise; obligation; engagement and involvement.”

See the difference?  The key words are “engagement and involvement.”  If you’re not committed to and involved in achieving your goals, you’re only “resolving” to reach them. Read more

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS … CLIENTS!!

Tis the season to be jolly, right???  Well, yes, if you’ve done really well professionally this year.  But it’s also the season when many of us look back at the past year and take a hard look at what we’ve accomplished, what new business we’ve generated, how we’ve managed expenses, and what we have to focus on next to move to the next level of success.  Read more

HOW DO YOU MANAGE UP, DOWN, AND SIDEWAYS?

Management is about managing both processes and people.  But what do most managers think of when they hear the term “people management?”  They think of their direct reports, of course.  Aren’t they whom you were promoted to manage? Read more