Business Strategy

Tackling the Transition from Tech Expert to Manager

Today, technology has seeped into every crevice of our organizations, from manufacturing, operations, marketing, and beyond. That explains why technical professionals play such an essential role in their companies’ success. While some tech experts prefer to continue as strong individual contributors or follow the domain expertise path, others will be recognized for their outstanding value [...]

Often Missing from Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity

I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I've seen that companies produce the best results and [...]

How Can I Take Charge of My Own Leadership Development

Many people greet the new year with a renewed commitment to professional growth. But what about existing leaders? They often feel overwhelmed and put others first. Unfortunately, demanding and stressful conditions could be holding them back from even greater success. The truth is, we all need to devote time to  our own leadership development—no matter [...]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #6: Insightful

When Brad spoke during meetings, people listened. And I mean really paid attention—the set-down-your-coffee-and-stop-checking-Facebook kind of listening that’s usually reserved for announcements by top executives. Even though Brad was a mid-level manager, he was known for making observations or recommendations that invariably helped to solve pesky problems that had the rest of the team stumped. [...]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #5: Executive

We see it happen in so many companies. Five or six mid-level managers all have about the same credentials and experience, but only a few of them seem to get more attention. And better projects. And greater opportunities. And the coveted promotions. On paper, these leaders look very similar. In reality, only a few of [...]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #4: Influential

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here. Her frustration was clearly visible. I was meeting with a coaching client, and she described the progress she had [...]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #3: Strategic

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here. In my coaching sessions with leaders and high-potentials, I frequently hear comments like this: “My VP has asked me [...]

Next Level Leadership Attribute #2: Resilient

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here. Today’s global economy calls for some serious staying power. Consider the diverse obstacles facing corporate employees: cost cutting, downsizing, [...]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #1: Innovative

This blog is part of a series profiling the key attributes of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact. Organizations that want to remain competitive are constantly looking to innovate and evolve. The burden of meeting that necessary yet frustrating goal falls on teams and individuals, so next-level leaders successfully weave innovation into the fabric [...]