7 Ways to Advise the Boss and Advance Your Career

Wise bosses seek advice. Foolish bosses always know. 7 ways to advise the boss and advance your career: #1. Make the boss feel understood. Clarify the boss’s goals, intentions, and assumptions. Repeat your understanding of… Continue reading

5 Ways to Come Out Ahead in Complex Situations

You aren’t doing much if you don’t grapple with uncertainty. Complex issues have many solutions. Thinking otherwise closes minds. Closed minds damage organizations and limit leaders. Avoid the appeal of first suggestions. “One… Continue reading

7 Elevator Conversations

Tough conversations are like riding an elevator. There comes a point, if you don’t speak, talking is nearly impossible. 7 elevator conversations: Performance issues. (Especially with higher ups.) Changes that impact status within… Continue reading

Breaking Silos – Connecting People

Stepping across functional boundaries in siloed organizations makes you the enemy. What are you doing here? This is my turf. Siloed organizations waste resources, squander opportunities, and duplicate effort. 7 signs your organization is… Continue reading

7 Things Drift Taught Me About Commitment

I’m reflecting on a young man who doesn’t care much for making commitments. I’ll call him Drift. He’s easygoing, generous, kind, carefree, and transparent. I like him. Drift doesn’t demand much from life. He… Continue reading

7 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a New Job

Run toward new opportunities, not away from your current situation. It’s too easy to jump from the pan into the fire. 3 must do’s before pursuing new job opportunities: Have a deep conversation with the… Continue reading