Become A More Effective Leader In Just 10 Minutes a Day

Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]

Reverse Mentoring and other tips from the C-Suite

Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]

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

Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide();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 [...]

Walk your Talk: The Benefits of The Walking Meeting

Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]


Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]


Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]


Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]

It’s not about what’s on the PAGE, it’s about what ends up on the STAGE

Share List SGMB_URL = ""; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); 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 [...]