Is certainty killing your persuasive argument?

In the 1980’s, diet soda was thought to be a healthy alternative to regular soda (or pop, if you’re from Pittsburgh, as my dad’s family is).  I used to think I was making a healthier choice in drinking diet soda.  I would pat myself on the back for that...
When Your Team Feels Undervalued

When Your Team Feels Undervalued

You may know this scene: an all-hands meeting where your organization’s executives share an exciting vision and strategic plan.  It looks bright.  It is exciting.  Many morale-boosting shout-outs are given to those in the room who will make it all come...
Get Back On Track After These 3 Common Team Conversation Derailers

Get Back On Track After These 3 Common Team Conversation Derailers

As a leader, you probably understand the value of having open conversations with your team about things that need improvement.  But in organizations under the strain of rapid change or faltering employee engagement, such talks can get subsumed by employees’ deep...
The Untapped Power of Networking for Women

The Untapped Power of Networking for Women

When I was in corporate, I used to hate networking. Although I knew that it was important, I thoroughly neglected my network.  I had plenty of great colleagues, and I was busy.  I didn’t see the need for networking. I didn’t have time for it.    I didn’t realize...
Has Quiet Quitting Killed Delegation?

Has Quiet Quitting Killed Delegation?

I attended a talk recently on delegation, during which I happily absorbed some handy tips on the subject.  Long touted as an effective tool for the busy manager, delegation offers the elusive “win-win”.   When done correctly, it provides a way...
The Diminishing Returns of Preparation

The Diminishing Returns of Preparation

Does this sound familiar to you at all?  A senior manager is asked to create a presentation that will be delivered during a meeting with the CEO next week.  This manager will not be at the meeting.  She is given some basic guidelines and an aggressive deadline.  She...