6 Companies Reveal How Their Unique Cultures Make Them a Success

Every business is different — from how they are run, who they hire and what their products or services are. Inevitably, this means each culture is not only unique, but requires something special to make the company a success. For instance, personal finance website The Penny Hoarder believes its success comes from a transparent culture. Whereas, HR company Gusto, thinks… Continue reading

9 Phrases Smart People Never Use In Conversation

We’ve all said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. These seemingly benign comments lead to the awful feeling that only comes when you’ve planted your foot firmly into your mouth. Verbal slip-ups often occur because we say things without knowledge of the subtle implications they carry. Understanding these implications requires social awareness — the ability… Continue reading

3 Crucial Questions to ‘Fail Proof’ Your New Business Idea

Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.” You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. You need a proven system that… Continue reading

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