Build Better Teams. Share Your Credo

Labor Day has put me in mind of my Dad. In October he’ll be gone three years. I find myself telling a lot of stories about him lately as a way to teach important leadership competencies to clients; especially the competency of shaping team culture by sharing personal values. At Columbia Business School they call this having a leadership credo statement. My Dad would find the fact that I use him to teach a Business School concept hilarious. Unlike the [...]

Become A More Effective Leader In Just 10 Minutes a Day

One of the great joys of my job is the opportunity to reconnect with participants after a program and do follow-up coaching. I always begin these sessions by asking: “What can I help you with?” Last week a leader told me that she needed to get better at having hard conversations with her employees. “I try to be direct and honest with them, but somehow the conversations always go sour.” She went on to recount the most recent dialogue that [...]

Reverse Mentoring and other tips from the C-Suite

Last week I had the privilege of attending the HMG Strategy Summit of America. 400 CIOs and other technology leaders spent the day sharing ideas, insights and best practices. During the final networking session of the day I became curious about what people had learned and started asking folks: What’s been your biggest takeaway today? Here’s what they said: Reverse Mentoring I love this idea of pairing a Baby Boomer with a Millennial. I actually rely on my own son, [...]

How’re ya doing with those New Year’s Resolutions?

February 1st. Today is the day. Today is the day that Joanne, my trainer, says attendance at the gym will drop dramatically: “Oh yeah, like clockwork. I see it every year. First day of February all those people that got gym memberships to get into shape will give up on their resolutions.” She called this period after making a New Year’s resolution “the honeymoon”. “Everybody has good intentions, but it takes more than that to get into the habit of [...]

Walk your Talk: The Benefits of The Walking Meeting

When I was a kid the scariest place to be told to go was… the Principal’s office. The nasally voice of our school secretary would blast over the intercom and unaware, someone would be summoned:  “Carol Lempert please report to Mr. Storman’s office. Carol Lempert to Mr. Storman’s office.” Uh oh. Big Trouble. After the announcement, everyone in class would look down at their shoes and breathe a sigh of relief. It wasn’t their name that had been called. The [...]

The best athletes and performers have coaches. Shouldn’t you?

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan but currently live in New York. When you are born and raised in Detroit, but move to New York, who are you supposed to cheer for when the Detroit Tigers play off against the New York Yankees? The question gets more complicated when you are watching the last game of a 5 game series with your entire family in a den in Michigan while on a visit home for the holidays! Figuring [...]


I recently came across two articles on the same day. One was about the history of Rescue Annie – the training mannequin used for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) The other was about how attorneys use mock and moot court to test legal theories. The practice of using simulations to prepare people for real working conditions is not new. Nor is it especially revolutionary. For over 50 years the model UN has sponsored academic simulations for students all over the world. These [...]


Does the longer you’ve been on the job mean you are more skilled than the new guy? My Dad loves to golf. During the summer he plays at least twice a week, and every other Sunday or so he’ll go to the driving range with his buddies to hit a bucket of balls. The last time I was home visiting he’d been to the range. When he came back he said: “You know, we’ve been going to that range for [...]

Do you rehearse tough conversations before hand? Why you should

I was in a client meeting yesterday reviewing the first draft of a course I was co-designing and then would co-facilitate with them for new Managers at a Global Consulting firm. The goal of the course is to improve oral communication skills both internally and externally. The ability to communicate with all stakeholders is critical to their firm’s success. Recent research from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has reported that the primary cause of managerial failure is ineffective communication [...]