7 Sure-Fire Success Principles

Success is something everyone wants but only a few achieve. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. No matter where you are in your career – from job seeking to having held the same position for an extended period – there are principles you can apply to ensure your success. Below are seven sure-fire success principles you can start… Continue reading

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power. In order to engage in a conversation about leadership, you have to assume you have no power… Continue reading

Define Your Organization’s Habits to Work More Efficiently

We don’t often think about the way we usually operate at work, whether we’re performing an informal five-step process for evaluating a new proposal, or setting priorities for managing our time. But our ability to improve the ways we do things depends on defining and shaping our daily habits of mind and practice — our “standard work” Consider the experience… Continue reading

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control for Success

Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, asked me to discuss the premise of the “marshmallow test” in relation to the future success of entrepreneurs and business leaders. For those unfamiliar with this legendary experiment, in the marshmallow test four-year-olds were given a marshmallow, but told that if they waited seven or eight minutes, they could have two then – not just the… Continue reading

How to Get Others to See Your Potential

Overcoming people’s past perceptions of you isn’t easy. When I launched my consulting business seven years ago, I was astonished to find — years later — that acquaintances and even friends hadn’t kept up with my career transition. They’d ask about my past work in politics or nonprofit advocacy, oblivious to the changes that had been consuming my life. It… Continue reading