Ever considered thinking … smaller?

Everyone implores you to THINK BIG. Go big or go home. Be audacious. Don’t settle. Be all you can be (if not more). Set BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals). Shoot for the moon – or is it the stars? It’s exhausting. And often demoralizing. Because let’s face it, when we set those BHAGs, we’re likely to miss the mark at …

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What HAVE you done?

No, seriously. What have you done? Usually at the end of the year, we look at what we want to do in the next year. Go ahead. Feel free. But first, consider what you’ve done THIS year. I’ll guarantee it’s more than you think. Because we’re all very quick to put completed projects and successful endeavors behind us and hurry on …

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“Hi-Po Emerging Leader” – really?

I’m not a fan of those terms – “hi-po” (or “high potential”) and “emerging leader.” (Forgive me, please, if they’ve been applied to you. I’m sure you deserve them, and do read on to understand what I mean.) Corporate America does a terrible job of supporting first-line managers, supervisors, and new leaders. These are the people who have the biggest …

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Got control?

This isn’t an article about the perils of being a control freak. Quite the opposite, actually. It’s an article in which I beg you to take control. Take control of your career. Please. Don’t let your career wander around according to the whims of your managers, your employers, and perhaps your family. Let’s start here. Got a plan? Actually, let’s not start here. …

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Did you ASK?

When was the last time you asked for something you really wanted? Not something you kinda-sorta wanted. Not your kid to take out the trash, or your partner to empty the dishwasher. Not your co-worker to pick up a pumpkin-spice latte for you on their way in to the office. Something you REALLY wanted. That can be hard and it can …

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Where are you going?

Is what you’re doing aligned with what you want? REALLY aligned? Of course, first you must know what you want. REALLY know, in detail. This isn’t about woo or the Law of Attraction. It’s about the clarity you need in order to know – REALLY know – if what you’re doing is, in fact, aligned with where you want to …

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Whatcha gonna do about that?

“I’d love to get a promotion.” Whatcha gonna do about that? “I want to change careers.” Whatcha gonna do about that? “I’d be a good team lead!” Whatcha gonna do about that? “I dream of a house in the country.” Whatcha gonna do about that? “I’d like to be CEO someday.” Whatcha gonna do about that? Wishes, dreams, wants, desires, …

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Do you have Tall Poppy syndrome?

Tall Poppy syndrome is the desire to mow down those you feel are above you or head of you – those who seem more successful, wealthier, drive better cars, have nicer offices, and so forth. It comes with a desire to not be a Tall Poppy yourself. But there’s a big difference between arrogance and well-earned pride. And if you find …

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Is leadership training worth it?

Have you put your emerging leaders through a leadership development program? Or maybe you’ve attended such a program yourself – or even taken the plunge to get an MBA? Was it worth it? I’m asking that very seriously, because from where I’m sitting – looking at the programs, talking with people who’ve taken them – I’m sincerely not convinced. I …

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Is leadership really your thing?

I’m a leadership geek. (My LinkedIn profile says so!) But that doesn’t mean I think everyone should be a leader. I’m a self-employed business owner, too. (My taxes tell me that! ha!) And I certainly don’t think everyone should be self-employed or own their own businesses. One of the things I emphasize over and over again, and have for pretty …

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