I’m a big fan of the Corner Office column in the business section of the Sunday New York Times. It’s a great illustration of my firm belief that there’s no one background or type of person that makes a successful leader. And, if you read it over time, certain themes about effective management, [...]

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There can be quite a bit of fuzziness in the people development arena; the “how” of best practices and recommended actions is often left up to the recipient of such advice.

I really like to start a coaching understanding someone’s strengths. But talking about using strengths without walking through how you apply it to [...]

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Thanks to smart and sharing friends, I was able to attend a Wharton Club event and hear a terrific presentation on creating a culture of innovation given by Wharton professor  Karl Ulrich.

It was an extremely well-done overview, particularly for someone like me. I am intrigued by innovation but haven’t had a vast [...]

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Madonna, & Letting Go

On December 31, 2013 By

I was re-visiting some of my old musings that never quite made it into blogposts this week. One was about Madonna’s appearance at the Super Bowl, and how it related to women’s exhaustion. Given some discussions I’ve had over the holiday period about the stress of doing it all and trying to have everything look [...]

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I was fortunate enough to be on a panel aimed at women’s careers at the ABA’s Women in Insurance Network CLE and networking event in Chicago late last month. It was a terrific group of lawyers, insurance types and engineers – technical types I get to work with a lot. It was really fun [...]

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(Not) Lost in Translation

On October 29, 2013 By

I often have to pull out from my clients certain skills and abilities that they don’t recognize in themselves, as these talents are so much a part of who they are. A mentor of mine did this for me the other day – funny when the shoe is on the other foot! What did she [...]

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I had the honor in late August to speak to Chevron’s Women’s Initiative about networking.

Apart from the topic, I wasn’t given any mandates or “shoulds” that I was to include – on the one hand, lovely to be given such a vote of confidence, and on the other hand, a bit fright-inducing as it really [...]

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We’ve all faced situations when an extra hand or additional help would make a huge difference in our jobs, career, or lives. But, many of us are often reluctant to ask for the help and don’t do it very often. Here are some thoughts about what not to do, and how to ask for help [...]

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I’ve found that certain themes about work life seem to come up at particular times. Recently, how to manage (better) and how to help newly promoted managers has been in the air. It seemed time then to highlight thoughts from my January newsletter on how Google tackled helping managers manage better.

Many of [...]

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