Staying stable when the floor is shifting

Staying stable when the floor is shifting

One of my favorite childhood games was Labyrinth, where you had to negotiate a metal ball along a tilting floor, trying to get it as far through the maze as possible without dropping it into one of the many holes along the way. OK, I’ll admit I still enjoy playing...
Yes, your workplace is a political environment

Yes, your workplace is a political environment

Every workplace, no matter the size, has its own well-established political economy. There are no perfect meritocracies, no perfect Kumbaya environments in the corporate space. We can bemoan it, but we must deal with it. As you navigate the choppy waters, keep these...
Can I trust you?

Can I trust you?

Last time I wrote about how adjustments in communication style can help someone avoid being relegated to “blah blah blah” status in the office. For executives, underlying the need for effective communication is the bedrock “must” to be truly trusted by your...
Are people hearing ‘blah blah blah’ when you speak?

Are people hearing ‘blah blah blah’ when you speak?

Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comics featuring Charlie Brown and his ragtag gang were far ahead of their time in many ways. One recurring joke I always loved was how parents and teachers were universally portrayed as off-screen characters talking in “blah blah blah”...
Are you in touch with your executive presence?

Are you in touch with your executive presence?

As we go through our morning rituals, we look in the mirror and work our magic, making sure we’re well scrubbed and ready for what lies ahead. It’s a routine thing, something we don’t think much of. We then check in on ourselves throughout the day, making sure nothing...
Is that an iceberg in your blind spot?

Is that an iceberg in your blind spot?

Boxers sparring with their stronger hand tied behind their back, tennis players serving blindfolded, righty baseball players batting lefty. Coaches of high-level athletes — and athletes with high potential, as yet unrealized — sometimes deliberately handicap their...
Off the gas, off the brakes: Is your career on autopilot?

Off the gas, off the brakes: Is your career on autopilot?

You are in the office, but you are not truly “present.” You are comfortable at your organization, but you are not challenged in a meaningful way. The pay is good, the situation isn’t threatening, you have worked hard for a long time to get to this point, your team is...