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 …

Where’s your power?

Power. It’s a tricksy concept, isn’t it? Kind of uncomfortable for a lot of people. As a leader, you have power. You might be a new manager with just one person reporting to you. You have power. Actually, you have power even if no one reports to you. We all have power. It’s how we use it that matters. Or …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Why be a leader?

If you don’t want to be a leader, then don’t. Seriously. Find some other way to excel in your profession, career, and life. Leaders who don’t enjoy leading – what with the stress, endless subjective gray areas, and quirky people – aren’t ever going to be good leaders. More to the point, they (not to mention the people on their teams) …

It’s February. How are those goals coming?

We start out with a bang in January, all revved up by the sparkly clean untouched New Year. I don’t know about you, but by the middle of February, I’m usually a bit stunned by (a) how can it already be mid-February?, and (b) yikes. I’m not getting done what I meant to get done. This year, I’m happy to …

Did you fall for “go big or go home”?

The Internet wants you to set BHAGs – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Dream big or don’t bother. Shoot for the stars. Follow your passion. It’s great to have a big dream. But it’s not enough. It doesn’t stop there – because if it does stop there, you won’t get started, which means you’ll never get where you want to go. …

How are you playing the game of life?

Are you playing to win – or are you playing not to lose? Here’s what playing not to lose looks like. Not speaking up when you have an idea. Keeping your mouth shut and head down even when you disagree. Hoping “they” will notice how hard you’re working and give you that raise or promotion (instead of asking for it). Staying in …

Whose career is it, anyway?

I wandered into my career by chance. From liberal arts major, to business intelligence software design and development, to Director of a technology consulting division, to leadership geek … There’s a thread connecting it all, but I can only see it in hindsight. (More than a thread, really; it’s a consistant theme from early childhood of understanding people’s motivations, needs, …