disagree with your boss

How to disagree with your boss

I remember vividly as a young professional a time when I had a dissenting opinion about an important issue, but hesitated to offer it.  The problem was that I didn’t feel encouraged to give an honest opinion if it conflicted (and it did!) with that of the people more senior to me at the time.Continue Reading

office betrayal

What to do when faced with an office betrayal

While we expect some office politics or complicated workplace relationships, sometimes folks are blindsided by an office betrayal. As a leadership coach, I hear different ways people feel betrayed in business. Things like: I confided in a coworker, who then gossiped to others and hurt my professional reputation. I found out that my relationship withContinue Reading

problem-solving leaders

Six Characteristics of Problem-Solving Team Leaders

A big part of any leadership role is being able to troubleshoot. It might be strategizing to get a project that has derailed back on track, attracting new business or leveraging technology. Whatever the problem, there are four basic steps that problem-solving leaders generally use: Define the problem Generate options Evaluate and choose an optionContinue Reading

Performance Conversations

How to have a performance conversation (today)

We’ve talked before about how to turn difficult conversations into essential conversations. You know, the times when you should talk with someone about something but you just don’t want to get into the discussion because it could get ugly. Unfortunately, staying quiet to avoid conflict or upset can backfire. Not only can things get worse,Continue Reading