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...
How managers can disarm subtle workplace bullying

How managers can disarm subtle workplace bullying

As star employees enter management ranks, as managers of smaller teams and organizations step up to lead larger ensembles, the problems they must solve are no longer just “business” challenges, but people challenges. There are the personal issues that everyone...
Labels fail the test

Labels fail the test

We humans like to put things in boxes. Situations that we cannot easily and quickly characterize generate some level of unease, whether conscious or not. We are most comfortable with what we can file neatly and label. The same goes for how we view the people we meet...
Unhappy, empty…what will be your tipping point?

Unhappy, empty…what will be your tipping point?

We are careful planners, hard workers, strivers and savers. We succeed — sometimes at least — and when we don’t, we learn from failure. But we keep building, always. Some young folks have a natural curiosity. They never stop asking, seeking, and testing boundaries....