Steve Jobs. Mother Teresa had Father Michael van der Peet. Henry David Thoreau had Ralph Waldo Emerson (the list goes on). Despite varying and sometimes contradicting perspectives on how best to succeed professionally, most leaders agree that a mentor is one of the most valuable people to have on your career journey. Unfortunately, if you're [...]
... take it anyway. I recently ran into a successful executive on the Amtrak train back to NYC. He's the chairman of the Board of Trustees for a prestigious university and has been both successful in the public and private sector. When asked about the main drivers for his success, he mentioned that he would [...]
You are susceptible to stalling in your career if: You despise people who kiss up to the boss because you feel that one's work should speak for itself. You could care less what your boss thinks or wants as long as you're doing what's best for your clients or firm. You plan to actively sabotage your [...]
A good character is foundational to your success. It'll help you build trust and enhance your reputation. To assess the type of character you are, look at your recent choices, thoughts, and actions. Ask yourself: Would I trust and want to work with someone like me? If not, choose a better character for yourself.
You're six months into your job and doing well at your company. You feel you've already settled in, and you're ready for more responsibility. So you schedule some time with your boss and ask, "So, what can I do to get promoted?" Many of the managers I coach have told me this scenario is becoming more [...]
... to be successful. This insight came from a recent conversation I had with the CEO of a top financial services firm. He talked about the mentors that guided him, the peers who supported him and the employees who executed on his strategy. Before he became CEO, he focused on helping others get what they want and in [...]
... take back control. At some point in your career, you will encounter uncivil situations at work. Your colleague knowingly takes credit for your work. Your boss berates you and actively blocks your next career move. Your colleague interrupts you in a meeting or checks their email during your presentation. No matter how others disrespect you, your [...]
When you started your career, you probably took on as many opportunities as possible to build your skills and discover your strengths and preferences. As a high-performer, you soon found your sweet spot and started to excel. When you are great at something, you'll find yourself with more opportunities than you have time. Now the previously successful, say-yes-to-everything [...]
"You need to speak up." "You have to be more visible." If you're an introvert, you might have heard these two pieces of feedback before. And if you're a high performer, they can be especially irksome. Speaking up just isn't something you do. But be that as it may, failing to make your voice heard [...]
... see it as an opportunity to build your resilience. What doesn't kill you not only strengthens you but also those around you inspired by your ability to overcome adversity.
... take action to make yourself worthy of it. It's easy to spend time focusing on the rewards of success. We think about what we'll do and how we'll be once we get those rewards. Then our minds drift to those who already have the trappings of success and we dwell on and perhaps even envy their [...]
Picture a great leader - what image comes to mind? If you're like most people, you see a person walking confidently in front with a pack of people following behind. Unfortunately, this image is incomplete and has given many aspiring leaders the wrong impression. If you look at the ineffective leaders in your organization, you'll [...]