Honesty or diplomacy – which is better for your career?

honesty at work

Honesty or diplomacy – which is better for your career? Your answer to this question will shape your career. Are you brutally honest? Are you a tactful diplomat? Is there a middle ground to strike, and how do you know where to strike it? It seems like a simple enough question, but is it? I […]

Toxic leadership traits – what are yours?

toxic leadership

Toxic leadership traits – what are yours? We are all a little bit toxic. Occasionally, when we’re at our worst. Our toxic traits come out when we’re tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. Sometimes they’re just bad habits or idiosyncrasies. Sometimes they’re a bit more serious than that. Our toxic traits don’t define us. And they don’t […]

Is your boss a monster? My tips to survive

Is your boss a monster? My tips to survive Monsters, narcissists, gas lighters, sadists. The worst bosses come as all manner of monstrosity. Sometimes their evil is disguised to everyone else. Sometimes they are transparently terrible. To be clear, I’m not talking about a demanding boss, some harsh feedback, or a little micromanagement. Today we’re […]

From setback to success – leading through adversity

leading through adversity

From setback to success – leading through adversity It was my second week on the job. On stage, in front of the entire company. I was prepared and practiced. It was my big moment. And then, before I knew it, absolute disaster. It started as a technical issue, and then a stumble, and then total […]

Vulnerable leadership – Sappy or Superpower?

vulnerable leadership

Vulnerable leadership – Sappy or Superpower? Vulnerable leadership. Vulnerable, authentic, transparent … a veritable Mount Rushmore of modern leadership virtues. Our LinkedIn feeds are drowning in them. The buzziest of buzz words. Three different words, meaning essentially the same thing. At this point, we all know we should lead with vulnerability. But why? And, how […]

Can you be successful and happy at work?

happy at work

Can you be successful and happy at work? This is my first blog in over four years. I stopped writing. There was a time this would have been unimaginable to me. I had written a book, I had thousands of loyal newsletter subscribers, and the ritual of writing a blog every week to share the […]

Leaders: How to reduce stress at work

how to reduce stress at work

Leaders: How to reduce stress at work Being a leader brings with it a special kind of pressure. When you’re an individual contributor, there is pressure to be sure. But the stress you face when it’s all you, feels less chaotic, more controllable than when you manage a team. As a contributor, you do good […]

How to deal with a micromanaging boss

How to deal with a micromanaging boss

How to deal with a micromanaging boss At least half the people I coach ask me about how to deal with a micromanaging boss. The irony, which I won’t dwell on today, is that several of them lean towards micromanagement themselves. The fact is, micromanagement is widespread and it can be a miserable situation to […]

How to move from Manager to Director

4 Tips to Jump from Manager to Director

How to move from Manager to Director “What does it take to get to the Director level?” “I’ve been a manager for 8 years, when will I be ready to be a Director?” “I want to be a Director; how do I get there?” I get these questions all the time, from my coaching clients […]

How to say “No” at work

How to say no at work

How to Say “No” at Work Saying “no” at work isn’t easy. At least it’s not easy to do without compromising relationships, creating conflict or dinging your reputation. In my experience, most of us get it badly wrong. Do you recognize any of these people? Dr. No – A colleague who has zero tolerance for incoming […]