• Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With Your Boss?

    By Kevin on February 23, 2016
    While it’s common to disagree with a boss, or even to dislike a boss, how can we know if our relationship with our boss is never going to improve? How do we know if we should “fire” our boss, or stick it out a bit longer? I’m not talking about the obvious signs like sexual harassment or racism or clear HR violations. What if things aren’t that bad, but you aren’t sure if the devil you know is better than the next boss you don’t?
  • How to Receive Feedback and Criticism

    By Kevin on August 14, 2014
    How can you take the sting out of feedback, and use it grow and get closer to achieving your full potential? We all say we want feedback, but we don’t really. What we truly want is to be liked, to be loved, to fit in, to have our boss think we’re awesome. And criticism, by definition, is letting us know that we still have some work to do. It puts a ding in our self-worth and ego.
  • Great Coaching Questions (For Self or Others)

    By Kevin on April 14, 2014

    Bob Tiede is a leadership expert out of Plano, Texas, who writes a blog called, “Leading with Questions“. This is one of the best leadership blogs I know of. In Bob’s newsletter this week he shares some of his favorite questions which I’ve excerpted below. (And by the way,...

  • The Best Job Hunting Strategy?

    By Kevin on February 4, 2014

    An accomplished young woman emailed me today asking, “What do you think is the best strategy for job hunting?” My answer… I don’t your specific situation but here’s some general advice: 1) Never stop hunting. Never assume your the job that you do, or the company you work in...

  • 3 Business Success Tips From Kathy Ireland

    By Kevin on July 26, 2013

    I think most people remember Kathy Ireland as the supermodel who dominated Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions through the 80’s and into the 90’s. But did you know she is now the CEO of a $2 billion dollar global company? In a recent BusinessWeek article she offers three life lessons:...

  • How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Health Or Family

    By Kevin on July 5, 2013

    A reader recently emailed to share that he is going through a particularly tough time balancing his busy career, his executive MBA program, and his home life. He was wondering how he can make sure that his spouse and physical health don’t suffer along the way. This is going...

  • Reinventing You: Don’t You Think It’s Time?

    By Kevin on April 3, 2013

    This post is about two things. First, why you need to constantly be reinventing yourself. And two, why you should get a new book from Harvard Business Review Press on that very topic. You know that the days of lifelong employment are long gone, right? The stark truth is...

  • Want Success? Go Global.

    By Kevin on April 1, 2013

    I’ve been saying for some time that the best opportunities for GROWTH and rapid success is outside the USA. This isn’t just for big companies. I have individual friends who have fast tracked their careers because they were willing to relocate to Asia for a period of time. I...

  • 6 Ways to Deal with “Disengaged Debbie” in Meetings (or, How to Run a Meeting)

    By Kevin on July 9, 2012

    They say one bad apple can ruin the bunch. So, too, can one disengaged employee derail an entire meeting. Debbie Downer was the fictitious Saturday Night Live character who brought down the mood in any group she was in. Similarly, we all encounter “Disengaged Debbie”—or to be gender sensitive,...

  • Mindmap: Stay Focused in Age of Distraction

    By Kevin on May 16, 2012

    I’m not usually a fan of mindmaps, but this one from Australian company, Learning Fundamentals, is a great summary of tricks to stay focused and productive. It was designed with school kids in mind, but applies to adult knowledge workers too. My favorite tips are: work in focused bursts...

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