Pursuing Happiness & Success: The Science of Positivity

It may sound like stating the obvious, but your outlook on life, impacts your life.  Outlook is powerful in that a positive vs. negative perspective has the capability of shaping our successes vs. fueling our failures, respectively.  People generally have a disposition towards one perspective, which drives daily behavior.  However, ultimately the choices you make […]

Addressing Challenges and Solving Problems: A 4-Step Approach

Each and every day, we are faced with at least one challenge—and that is probably on what many of us might consider a “light” day.  Sometimes you call it challenges, other times problems.  Whatever you call them, the idea of facing problems can be scary, but it gets significantly easier when you actually realize that […]

Essential Strategies for Managing Up…And Managing Down

Leaders today are often caught in between leading and managing the employees they are responsible for and remaining accountable to their supervisor and higher ups.  Holding the capability of both managing up and managing down is a skill. I have found many executives favor one over the other because of their comfort zone, how they […]

8 Tips for Building Assertive Communication Skills as a Woman

Effective communication is always a hot topic in the professional world.  Indeed, communication experts agree that the most productive and progressive way to communicate is through honest and transparent dialogue—which is the basis of assertive communication. Assertive communication is defined as a communication skill that sits halfway between passivity and aggressiveness.  Sometimes, it is incorrectly […]

Understanding and Preventing Burnout on Your Team

As a leader, you may feel a certain level of dedication to your company that allows you to press on with projects and deadlines at a greater intensity as compared to junior associates or your direct reports.  While your level of commitment is admirable, you need to stay aware of the levels of enthusiasm and […]

360 Assessments: How to Use Them Wisely

360 Assessments can be powerful, and that is the good news. The challenge is to appreciate the power and use them wisely: They can promote development—and are an essential tool in executive coaching.  They are an opportunity to collect and report comprehensive data.  And most importantly, the reports should be written as “working documents” that […]