The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

Executives can view political moves as dirty and will try to distance themselves from those activities. However, what they find hard to acknowledge is that such activities can be for the welfare of the organization and its members. Thus, the first step to feeling comfortable with politics requires that executives are equipped with a reliable map of the political landscape and an understanding of the … [ Read more ]

When You Agree to a Networking Meeting But Don’t Know What You’re Going to Talk About

For some networking meetings, the agenda is obvious: Your companies are considering doing business together, or you’re looking for a job and this person might help you get one. But many professionals find themselves in networking meetings where the goals are murkier. Here are four ways to ensure your networking meeting is productive and meaningful, even if the agenda is amorphous.

10 Steps to Start a Management Position on the Right Foot

Taking on a new management position can create certain doubts and insecurities. A clash between expectations and reality is almost inevitable – but it can be minimized. Professor Guido Stein offers 10 tips to streamline your adaptation to a new executive role.

How to Curate Content: The Secret Sauce to Getting Noticed, Becoming an Influencer, and Having Fun Online

If you’re looking for a competitive edge, a way to establish your authority, a way to get more followers, one of the best, proven paths to online success is content curation. It’s both as simple and as difficult as finding great content and sharing it with your audience. The difficult part is that there is a lot that goes into a world class content curation … [ Read more ]

Ultimate Guide to Soft Skills

Don’t be fooled by the name. They may be called “soft skills”, but there is nothing soft or weak about them. They are also among the top qualifications that employers look for in potential employees. In fact, you will find that many employers and hiring managers put more weight to these soft skills than the technical skills that you bring to the table. In other … [ Read more ]

Executive Presence: Getting to the Bottom of What Takes Leaders to the Top

Executive presence has long been a catch-all phrase. When you ask people to define it, they often answer, “I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” When pressed they might say it’s body language, gravitas, charisma, or presentation skill. Countless books, articles, and TED talks reinforce this idea. All you need to do is walk on stage like you belong there, open … [ Read more ]

The Double-Edged Sword of Overseas Experience

Executives who accumulate international experience are no more likely than others to advance their career at multinational companies.

Reading Books Won’t Future-Proof You. Here’s What Will.

Real learning is almost always at least somewhat uncomfortable. It’s challenging. It’s figuring out how to operate in new ways; questioning your assumptions; putting new ideas into practice. Real learning takes you out of the tried-and-true, and into that murky, disturbing land of I’m-not-very-good-at-this. And, I submit to you, that kind of learning is central to our success today.

Beyond 10,000 Hours of Practice: What Experts Do Differently

Whatever your chosen field or avocation may be, if you take it seriously, you probably wish you could become an expert – the sort of person who earns real success, better opportunities or even just more personal satisfaction from what you do. And if you’re not an expert, you may look at those who are and think, maybe they just came to the task with … [ Read more ]

Leaps in Perspective

During the past 40 years, a powerful and practical theory of personal growth and development — one based on the evolution of human systems — has emerged. Known as the “levels of human existence” theory, it states that people grow in fits and starts, alternating long periods of stasis with abrupt expansions of their empathy and capabilities. You can track the growth of individuals this … [ Read more ]

Going to Work for a Startup? Let’s Talk Equity

Equity is one of the most important aspects of working for a startup, but it’s often confusing. Here’s what you need to know about equity before joining a startup.

The Career Compass: 10 Essential Ideas For Navigating the New Career Landscape

The trajectory of our careers is one of the great manifestations and reflections of our inner potential, desires, and talents. Our work history can read like the chapters of a book: Each page tells a story about our struggles, moments of luck, growth and change.

However, the changes in our culture and economy are authoring an entirely different kind of book, one that doesn’t follow … [ Read more ]

What Everyone Should Know About Office Politics

Nobody really likes office politics. In fact, most of us try to avoid it all costs. But the reality is that companies are, by nature, political organizations, which means that if you want to survive and thrive at work, you can’t just sit out on the sidelines. If you want to make an impact in your own organization, like it or not, you’re going to … [ Read more ]

How to Rock the First 90 Days of a Job

There are two components to getting off to a great start on a new job: what to avoid and what to accomplish. This post explains both components.

How to Break the Expert’s Curse

Experts could be our most powerful teachers—but often they’ve lost the ability to connect with novices. Research by Ting Zhang reveals how experts can rediscover the experience of inexperience.

Things to Buy, Download, or Do When Working Remotely

Whether you’re working from home full-time, living life as a road warrior, or simply working the occasional day away from the office, you’ll be most effective if you have the right digital infrastructure for remote work. What needs to be in that toolkit depends on the kind of work you do, your personal working style and your family life. Whatever the particular circumstances of your … [ Read more ]

The Secret to Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Marshall Goldsmith uses “The Wheel of Change” to help clients decide what to change and where to put their efforts. It illustrates the interchange of two dimensions that we need to sort out before we can become the person we want to be.

A Consistent Personal Narrative is the Key to Leading in the Social Age

In the new world of deep interconnectivity, what we call the Social Age, leaders are confronted with challenges that constantly test ‘who they are’ while making each of these tests public with everyone able to comment. … Social Age leadership challenges … five areas of ‘who we are’ as leaders that most impact our leadership narrative. … There is no one right way to lead … [ Read more ]

A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much hard work is required after we’ve made the transition to ensure that it’s a successful one. The … [ Read more ]