Book Review – The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace by Cy Wakeman

Last week Cy Wakeman released her new book The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. I want to start by applauding Cy for pulling no punches as she delivers her perspective on how to be successful at work. It comes down to one thing and really only one thing – taking accountability for your own behavior. […]


How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down in a tough patch, we all go through periods […]


The Speed of Leadership

Have you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit?  There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.  Maybe another car is blocking you and you can’t move over fast enough.  Maybe your GPS is telling you to go a […]


If You Think You Are Beaten You Are

My 7th grade English teacher had us memorize this poem and it’s still a great reminder of how important your own attitude, your own will, and your own belief are to your potential for success.  Thank you Mr. Knowlton, wherever you are today. If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you […]


Management Lessons from The Art of Racing in the Rain

I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s sort of about a dog and sort of about race car driving but it’s really about an approach to life and to challenge that I found both inspiring at a personal level and applicable […]


Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) on Women and Leadership

The numbers don’t lie – women have made great progress in their representation at lower levels of management but there is still a huge gap in the number of women vs. men at the executive level.  Here’s Sheryl Sandberg’s view on why that is and what women can do to change it. Looking for more […]


How to Solve Tough Problems

“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ~Thomas Edison What he didn’t say is how long it took him to get through those 10,000 wrong answers.  Being wrong (or finding a way that doesn’t work) isn’t a problem in and of itself.  The problem is when you’re wrong and you can’t move […]


How to Get Through a Crisis at Work

When I was 17 my car broke down on the side of the Mass Pike out in the middle of nowhere.  This was many long years ago before cell phones (shortly after the earth cooled – I know…) so I was pretty stuck.  So of course I panicked and worried and wrung my hands which […]


A Different Kind of Rowe

So yesterday I talked about the ROWE as in Results Only Work Environment. And today I was really going to post a very long article on managing a remote work force. But then I came across this video by Mike Rowe speaking at TED on work, being wrong, and valuing information from the source.


Finding Your Confidence

Leadership and confidence go together like coffee and doughnuts. No one lines up to follow insecure people, and those who project confidence seem to draw followers like moths to the flame. But how do you develop and project confidence when you’re brand new at something? It may seem like an odd place to draw inspiration but try taking a page out of Cher’s book.

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