United we stand! (for 4 hours)

  • April 05, 2018

While attending a recent networking event, I heard that “Sitting is the new smoking.” This triggered a dramatic visualization of my chair going up in flames, fire...

The Case for Suspending Judgment

  • April 03, 2018

In my work as a coach of leaders, and in my general observation, I see many situations that get messy and contentious; and so often these situations are caused by or...

Gamble on stupid ideas—and win!

  • April 03, 2018

In the late 1970s, Richard Fain was stuck on a sinking ship, cargo shipping company Gotaas-Larsen Shipping. Rather than play defense, Fain proposed that the board of...

Wise ways to establish executive presence

  • March 23, 2018

Regardless of your job title, you can establish executive presence by radiating self-assuredness. Here are some tips to wield authority with confidence.

Gut feelings: Don’t discount them

  • March 16, 2018

Kathleen Sebelius was insurance commissioner of Kansas when health powerhouse Anthem wanted to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield. “My gut just told me this was a disaster...

When you gotta go with your heart

  • March 15, 2018

In 1988, at age 33, Miles White turned down the chance to head the Asia Pacific region for a division of Abbott Laboratories. Why? His wife wanted to open a children’s...

How to apologize like a mean man

  • March 13, 2018

According to Mark Lipton, author of Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man, here’s how you can (unfortunately) sound just like a toxic business leader...

Harrison Ford on … waiting tables

  • March 09, 2018

He always was a hard worker, but it was Harrison Ford’s ability to push beyond good to excellent that propelled him into leadership.