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

keys to networking

The keys to networking successfully when it’s outside your comfort zone

What is your gut response when you find out that there is a client event, staff party, or team boat cruise? Some folks love to go out and mingle and seem to manage conversations effortlessly, but for others it can be something they do because they know they have to (but they don’t enjoy itContinue Reading

Avoid the Truth

Why do leaders avoid the truth?

Most organizations will say they invest in their people, and that may be true. They pay for training, they offer benefits. But paradoxically, how often do we as leaders avoid difficult conversations with poor performers until a “last straw” moment and we fire them? (Oops, so much for the investment in professional development!) Sure, thereContinue Reading

Ladder Of Assumptions

The Ladder of Assumptions

What kind of preparation do you do for important work-related conversations? What kind of thoughts do you have during a crucial dialogue?  What approach do you take when you follow-up on a conversation? Many of us will brainstorm points we need to cover so we don’t forget. Maybe if it’s a particularly sensitive topic we’ll carefullyContinue Reading