The “Vision Thing” - Critical to Accelerating Women’s Careers
by Suzanne Bates - Feb, 2009
In today’s economic environment, companies need great leaders. Yet lately much public conversation has focused on whether our economic crisis has been partly the result of too much “leadership testosterone,” both on the trading floors and in the boardrooms of banks and investment firms. Would a more balanced male-female presence have made a difference in averting the current crisis? Many, many experts agree that ideal corpo...
Why Leadership That Counts Is Needed Now, More Than Ever…
by Chris Makell - Feb, 2009
Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
Eight Steps To Soften The Blow When You Have To Fire Someone
by Ramon Greenwood - Feb, 2009
Firing people is a tough and unpleasant task no matter how you slice it and dice it. Career paths are disrupted. Hopes for career success are dashed. But when it's necessary, there are eight steps you can take to soften the blow: 1. Deliver the bad news in a face-to-face meeting whenever possible. The boss has to do it. There can be no delegation of this responsibility. It is desirable to have one other person present, e...
Communication Strategies for Uncertain Times
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Feb, 2009
Like millions of Americans - perhaps like you - I sat in front of the television on January 22nd, watching the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. I listened with rapt attention to the speech of the new Commander in Chief, eagerly awaiting words of strength, direction, and hope. While the President's stage was grand and his audience vast, his task was that of every leader facing uncertain times - to co...
How Do You Handle Complaints? I Thought So...
by Alice Adams - Jan, 2009
I don’t care how long you’ve been in the business or what a nice person you are. It doesn’t matter. Human nature causes all of us to have a problem when someone complains about us – what we didn’t do correctly…or what we did do that they didn’t like. So how do we handle these nasty intruders into our otherwise perfect, professional worlds? Cock-eyed optimists and some self-help gurus would say, “Look at every complaint a...
The Best Way to Communicate in the Workplace
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2009
Today's wireless world offers an endless array communication choices, giving businesses and individuals a myriad of efficient options to keep in touch with the rest of the world. But in many cases, the proliferation of choices has also blurred the rules of professional protocol. The way you choose to communicate at work has now become as important as what you say when you communicate. Check out this scenario: Kylie...
There’s Nothing Soft About Soft Skills
by Kathy Bornheimer - Jan, 2009
The term soft skills has been around for decades. This concept is now being increasingly highlighted in many professional development or business articles in the past few years. What does this term or concept actually mean? I have always substituted the phrase soft skills with the paradigm of effective interpersonal communications skills. Yes, there are more words; but these words better describe what’s involved in this ski...
Class is Earned and Learned
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jan, 2009
People notice more about you than you might think. One of my favorite clients shared, recently, that she was so appreciative of having a boss who walked his talk and was a leader everyone respected and enjoyed working for. “It’s the little things people notice and appreciate about him,” she explained. That conversation led me to think about some of the “little things” we can all do that reflect professionalism. Here are...
Carve Your Success Key
by Nan S. Russell - Jan, 2009
I had just finished commenting to my husband how much I liked the use of copper in the Parade of Homes' kitchen we were touring, when I overheard another woman telling her husband how much she disliked the look. It made me laugh. It's funny how we see things differently. Work is like that too. It's fraught with differences of opinion. One of the more confusing areas can involve your performance. Early in my career, my boss...
Business Owners, Don’t Just Survive In Today’s Economy, THRIVE!
by Bernadette Boas - Jan, 2009
Over the past few months, especially few weeks, everyone from politicians, bankers, the Fed, and your neighbor are spewing advice regarding the state of the economy, your stock portfolios, and your own wallets. Sell, stick it out, pull it out, stuff your mattress, and more. I often feel compelled to do the same, the difference however is, it comes with a bit of tough love. No one can or will deny that the evaporating stock...
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