On Crucial Conversations – B’s Bookshelf

2018-02-16T02:44:24+00:00 Book Summary & Review, Communication, leadership|

Our founder, known around the office as simply ‘B’, is a voracious reader of books about all things business and leadership. In this column she each week shares the key points from one of her latest reads. As a leader your days often include a number of challenging conversations, whether it is a [...]

On Being Logical – B’s Bookshelf

2018-02-09T04:14:30+00:00 Blog, Book Summary & Review, leadership|

Our founder, known around the office as simply ‘B’, is a voracious reader of books about all things business and leadership. In this column she each week shares the key points from one of her latest reads. Your ability to think clearly and rationally is fundamental to your leadership effectiveness, as it enables you [...]

Questions Are The New Answers

2017-03-29T17:39:10+00:00 Blog, Communication, leadership|

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” - Voltaire How do you discover the next big market opportunity? How do you understand the consequences of new trends, challenges or threats? How do you validate new ideas? How do you evaluate an unfamiliar situation? How do you assess whether someone has [...]

THE success quality all great leaders share

2017-02-10T08:16:29+00:00 Blog, leadership|

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…. self-discipline, with all of them came first” Harry S. Truman People often look for common qualities across successful leaders. However, different circumstances require different leadership qualities to be effective. Yet, there is one quality these great [...]

The Importance Of Character In Leadership

2017-01-03T06:55:34+00:00 Blog, leadership|

When we talk about leadership development, the focus is often on people skills, communications skills, vision, intelligence, business acumen, even boldness. Yet none of that will make a leader without the foundational leadership quality of good character: Character is fundamental to effective leadership because good character builds trust, and without trust, people will not [...]

Conflict: The Leadership Skill Nobody Talks About

2018-02-09T04:09:35+00:00 Blog, Communication, Feature, leadership|

Conflict is an undeniable part of working in an organization. Unfortunately, many of us are in denial about this, and lack the skills to successfully navigate conflict. Why? Because we are misguided by three key myths. MYTH #1: Conflict is dysfunctional. Wherever you bring together people, whether in a family, in a marriage or [...]

Who controls your professional development?

2018-02-09T04:10:09+00:00 Blog, Professional Development|

In our work with professional women we have encountered some key issues that seem to hold women leaders back from getting the professional development support they want and need. So we hope this post may go a little way towards helping some of you get unstuck and get the development you want and need [...]

6 Strategies To Tame the Meetings Monster

2016-11-02T22:39:30+00:00 Blog, Communication, Feature, leadership|

If there’s one pervasive obstacle to effective leadership, it’s meetings. Whether it’s the sheer volume of meetings that consume our days, or the way in which those meetings are structured, we’ve seen this theme emerge time and again, at organizations large and small. In talking with our clients, we realized that most of them [...]

THE Trait That Can Make or Break A Leader

2016-11-02T22:41:23+00:00 Blog, Communication, Feature, leadership|

“[…] everything you do is an example, and people look at everything you do and take a signal from everything you do.” – Richard Anderson, former Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines Communication is not just a key leadership skill, it’s the very process through which leadership is exercised. As a leader, communication goes way beyond [...]

Breaking Through: A Competencies Checklist To Get C-Suite Ready

2016-11-17T12:11:37+00:00 Blog, Feature, leadership, Professional Development|

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 343,000 top executive jobs, versus about 2,124,100 jobs in lower and middle management (a ratio of approximately 6:1). This points to one often overlooked barrier to ascending the corporate ladder: There are far more professionals competing for C-suite roles than there are opportunities [...]

6 Lessons From A True Jedi Of Networking

2016-11-23T10:53:19+00:00 Blog, Communication, leadership|

Many women dismiss networking as a luxury they just don’t have time for. However, if you want to advance within an organization or industry, then it is critical to spend ample time in informal interactions with peers and colleagues to build informal networks of relationships that give you access to information, support and opportunities, [...]

How To Navigate The Hidden Obstacles To Female Leadership: A 6-Step Survival Guide (Part 2)

2016-10-18T15:23:52+00:00 Blog, leadership|

Last week our weekly blog post focused on mapping out the hidden obstacles that tend to trip up women on a leadership track. This week we provide you with a 6-step survival guide to help you navigate around those obstacles. As we explained and substantiated with lots of empirical evidence in our blog post last [...]

Women on Boards – All You Need To Know To Get That Board Seat

2018-02-09T04:11:26+00:00 Blog, Feature, Professional Development, Women on Boards|

Coinciding with the US State of Women summit at the White House on Tuesday, June 14th, several reports were published about the still dire state of women on corporate boards. According to a new report by nonprofit Catalyst and EY, men held more than 80% of all S&P 500 board seats in 2015. In fact, if we measure [...]

Woman Leader Up Close – Rita DeFilippo

2018-02-09T04:17:51+00:00 leadership|

HOW RITA DEFILIPPO BLAZES HER OWN TRAIL   Rita DeFilippo, Regional Vice President at Salesforce in the Public Sector Division In our Woman Leader Up Close column we interview successful women in senior roles about their path to leadership. Rita DeFilippo is a Regional Vice President at [...]

Woman Leader Up Close – March 2017

2018-02-09T04:18:17+00:00 leadership|

HEIDI WILLIAMS' 3 LOVES: PRODUCTS, PLATFORMS AND PEOPLE Heidi Williams, VP of Engineering at Box In our Woman Leader Up Close column we interview successful women in senior roles about their path to leadership. Heidi Williams is the VP of Platform Engineering at Box, the Redwood City headquartered [...]

 4 Suggestions On What It REALLY Means To Act Like An Owner 

2018-02-09T04:09:50+00:00 Blog, leadership|

Whether your company is privately or publicly held, as an executive leader you are held accountable by the owners of the company, whether those are the original founders, a set of VC companies, or public shareholders. They have mandated you to lead their company on their behalf, and as such they want you to [...]

Five Practices That Took Me From Ballerina To The C-Suite

2016-11-17T12:12:09+00:00 Blog, leadership, Professional Development|

I wasn’t one of those girls who dreamt of being a ballerina since she was a little girl. I was more of a tomboy – an energetic child who loved racing my bike (two white spots on my front teeth are lasting proof of what can happen when speed trumps skill) and building tree [...]

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