performance coach

How a performance coach can turn you into a powerhouse at work

If “performance coach” conjures an image of a tobacco-chewing man standing on the sidelines with a baseball cap and a whistle, that’s deliberate. Performance coaching applies the coaching skills of professional sports to the business world. We executive performance coaches may not use a whistle — or chew tobacco — but we are just as focused on whipping clients into peak competitive shape as any sports coach.

Watts Towers

L.A.’s Watts Towers have a lot to teach us about ourselves

The first time you see them you cannot believe your eyes. You’re driving through one of the bleakest urban ghettos in America, the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, and there against the horizon is a collection of fantastic metal structures. They seem completely out of place and other-worldly. And then, as you draw near, you discover that they are totally covered with the wildest mosaics.

Employee burnout

Employee burnout — an equation to define it and 3 steps to prevent it

Employee burnout is a serious problem, both for individuals and for employers. The physical symptoms of burnout are miserable: exhaustion, headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, hypertension, and sleep problems, among others. And the emotional symptoms are equally debilitating: anger, depression, diminished sense of personal accomplishment, unreasonable self-expectations, hopelessness, irritability, a reduced sense of joy, and low self-esteem.

sacked

You’ve been sacked — now what?

The good news is I’ve never been fired. That bad news is I’ve been downsized twice. Those were two of the worst days of my life. And it happens to nearly everyone at some time in his or her career.

As with most calamities, what matters most is how you respond. Psychologists talk a lot about resilience, the ability to bounce back after a defeat. In the days and weeks following your termination, you can take steps that will deepen and prolong your misery or you can move forward in a way that will rebuild your self-esteem and accelerate your progress to the next phase of your career.

Organizational Intelligence Reading List

The Organizational Intelligence reading list: 23 tools to navigate office politics

Anyone who’s ever struggled to navigate office politics knows the importance of OI, even if they didn’t know what to call it. OI, or Organizational Intelligence, is the ability to think and act strategically to get things done in an organization. Alongside Cognitive Intelligence, or IQ, and Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, OI allows great leaders to see their ideas through to fruition.

female leaders hair color

Want to be a female leader? Turns out hair color is one more thing to worry about

“Hear the one about the blonde who was so dumb she …. ” The stereotype of the dumb blonde has been around for a while, and like many stereotypes it can be harmful to the aspirations and reputations of women with light-colored hair. But new research suggests there’s an upside to being towheaded. My brilliant blonde daughter-in-law sent me an article showing that blondes are over-represented at the top of large corporations. Blondes constitute about 2 percent of the world’s female population and 5 percent of white women, but they make up almost half of the female S&P 500 CEOs.

Wearables in the workplace

Wearables in the workplace: Why trust must come before data

Jack and Jill are sales representatives at ABC Company. As part of ABC’s health and fitness initiative, all the employees are outfitted with wearables that measure various aspects of their well-being, including sleep hours and quality. Their boss has access to this data, and he notices that Jill slept well last night but Jack didn’t. He decides to use Jill for an important client pitch that afternoon, because he has more confidence in her ability to perform at her best.

This scenario, outlined in a recent WSJ article, is not science fiction. It’s happening today.

Breaking Through Bias

How to fight gender bias: Breaking through Bias co-author Andie Kramer shares her tips

Women in business contend with subtle — and not so subtle — gender bias every day. As we work together to confront and change those attitudes, we also recognize that’s a long-term journey. In fact, those of us who have been around for a few decades are often astounded by the battles still being fought in 2016. In the meantime, real women have to navigate real challenges on a daily basis.

To get some advice for women trying to fight their way forward in the workplace, we talked to Andie Kramer, prominent Chicago lawyer and co-author of Breaking through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, which she wrote with her husband and former law partner, Al Harris.

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition

How Microsoft’s LinkedIn acquisition may create unwelcome connectivity

Say you’re writing an article about effective business networking when a character pops up on your screen. He tells you that on LinkedIn, there are a number of experts on networking who might have useful ideas for you and offers to connect you to them. How will you react? Delight that a new resource is available to help you tap into the latest expertise? Or get irritated about this intrusion into your writing flow?

3 types of networking

3 types of networking all successful people must master

Networking — you either love it or hate it. I’m in the former camp. I figure the worst that can happen in a networking meeting is I meet an interesting new person. And the best is that I get a great new client. But for many people, networking is a wearisome and often intimidating grind. And so many business leaders avoid doing it.

Some of the worst offenders are leaders who are currently employed and not seeking a new role. It is very easy to get comfortable and complacent about networking in that situation. It’s a serious mistake, for several reasons. An excellent article in the Harvard Business review in 2007 explored this territory. In it, the authors describe three kinds of networking.