When an Employee Gives You an Ultimatum
Nov06

When an Employee Gives You an Ultimatum

Nearly every leader will be confronted with an employee who threatens to quit if he doesn’t get his way. It’s difficult to overstate how vital it is that you handle this situation correctly. It’s a seminal moment. Your response to a direct challenge of your leadership impacts everyone on your team, not just the person who gave you the ultimatum. I want to assume that the employee’s grievance is not legitimate. That’s a big...

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A Lesson in Grit from the Greatest Heavyweight Champion You’ve Never Heard Of
Oct26

A Lesson in Grit from the Greatest Heavyweight Champion You’ve Never Heard Of

Are you about to throw in the towel? Before you do, let me tell you a story. A story about a former heavyweight champion of the world. A man with grit. You probably have never heard of James J. Corbett. But you should. His story is one of tenacity, of persevering through sheer force of will. It’s a story of grit. Corbett fought in one of the longest bouts in boxing history. It inspired him to say what has become one of my...

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9 Bad Email Habits You Must Break in Order to Actually Get Work Done
Sep08

9 Bad Email Habits You Must Break in Order to Actually Get Work Done

You and I waste an enormous amount of time on email. The problem is worse than you think. The BBC reported earlier this year that we spend as much time answering email each week as we do conducting actual work. What a waste! Just think of the creativity that could be unleashed, the innovative ideas that could be realized if each of us spent less time on email and more time on creative thinking. Here are 9 bad habits that most of us...

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You Suck at PowerPoint! (but you can get better)
Aug06

You Suck at PowerPoint! (but you can get better)

I have used PowerPoint and Keynote throughout my career. I confess that — at one time or another — I have made every single one of the mistakes outlined in this excellent presentation by Jesse Desjardins. But never again! Let’s make a pact, you and I, to never suck at PowerPoint again. Questions: What tips do you have about using PowerPoint or Keynote? What has been effective for you? Leave a comment below. If you...

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A Simple Trick to Make a Powerful Last Impression
Jun25

A Simple Trick to Make a Powerful Last Impression

When we meet someone for the first time, we make split-second decisions as to whether we find the person intelligent, likable, or trustworthy. So, making a good first impression is important. But the last impression is equally critical. Here’s a simple trick you can use to make a powerful and memorable final impression. In psychological or neurological terms the tendency to remember first and last impressions is called the...

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How to Ace the Most Important Question in a Job Interview
Jun03

How to Ace the Most Important Question in a Job Interview

When you’re interviewing for a potential job, you’re at the mercy of the interviewer. He is the one leading the conversation. Your job is to respond to his leading and (hopefully) make a good impression. However, there is a time in most interviews when you are given the floor. And this is where you can shine. You gain some measure of control in the interview process when you are asked: “So, what questions do you have for me? This is...

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