How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

The career question I hear most often from rising senior leaders is this: “How do I get on the C-suite shortlist?” The management literature is overflowing with advice on becoming the boss. Yet the path narrows significantly as executives ascend closer to the top slots. Having played a role in many C-suite successions, I’ve found there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. All… Continue reading

Motivating People Starts with Having the Right Attitude

Most leaders know what strong motivation looks like. When I ask leadership development clients to describe the type of motivation they’d like to see in their teams, they mention qualities such as persistence, being a self-starter, having a sense of accountability for and commitment to achieving results, and being willing to go the extra mile on projects or to help… Continue reading

Uber and Other Tech Companies Could Make Simple Changes to Avoid Driving Away Their Female Engineers

On February 19 former Uber employee Susan Fowler wrote an explosive blog post describing her time as an engineer at Uber. She described severe sexual harassment, a hostile HR department that would not or could not help her, and a toxic work environment that eventually pushed her to leave the company. Her essay has received nationwide attention — and alarm.… Continue reading

Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem

“My team has a time management problem,” leaders often tell me. For example, an executive might say that their teams aren’t moving the needle on important projects, yet staffers seem busy and stressed. “Time management” becomes a catchall solution to this problem, and they want to hire me to offer tips and techniques on things like prioritizing and using their… Continue reading

The 3 Simple Rules of Managing Top Talent

The general view in business is that top-end talent is highly sensitive to and motivated by compensation and that big monetary rewards are key to their management. There is a grain of truth to this — but only a grain. In my 36-year career, I haven’t met a single person truly at the top end of the talent distribution who… Continue reading