Leadership Development

Considering a retreat? Ask 3 questions

March 11, 2020
Before you start planning one, decide whether a retreat is right for you. Dave Jennings, president of the consulting and training firm Business Acumen, Inc., poses the following three questions.

How to break off a chat to work the room

March 11, 2020
How do you gracefully break off a conversation with one person when you need to move on to someone else? Communications coach Karen Susman offers several tips.

3 leadership myths

March 11, 2020
Stop believing these three myths that have even confident people convinced that they aren’t fit to lead.

1 piece of advice you can skip

March 11, 2020
It turns out that “sage” productivity advice to tackle your most dreaded tasks first may be all wrong.

Improve your posture when you walk

March 11, 2020
If you amble around slouching with your head down, you come off as tired, weak or vulnerable.

Conventional wisdom? Maybe not

February 13, 2020
Looking for leadership guidance from yesterday’s management gurus can leave you in a time warp. To avoid getting trapped, watch out for these words of conventional wisdom that aren’t necessarily true—at least not all the time.

Attack your fears head-on

February 13, 2020
Given all the anxieties that trouble people at work these days, any way you can reduce your own sense of limitations can pay off for you and those who count on you. Here’s an exercise that can help you get started.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0320

February 13, 2020
The pros of procrastination … How much eye contact is enough? … Avoid this conversation killer

If you can’t say something nice …

January 9, 2020
Q. I’ve been watching my boss botch move after move for a few years now, and it’s tough not to get swept up in the talk at work about his errors. I’d like to play devil’s advocate, but what argument can I make in defense of such a poor leader?

Filler up!

January 9, 2020
We all use filler words, or vocal disfluencies, in our daily speech. The junk food of the applied linguistics world, they come off as sloppy and faltering. We should try to banish them, especially from our professional speech as much as possible. Right? Well, not necessarily.