THE success quality all great leaders share

2018-10-10T13:23:47+00:00 Feature, Leadership Growth|

“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, [...]

The Importance Of Character In Leadership

2018-10-08T22:23:09+00:00 Leadership Growth|

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, [...]

Conflict: The Leadership Skill Nobody Talks About

2018-10-08T22:27:17+00:00 Conflict|

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 [...]

Who controls your professional development?

2018-10-08T22:08:56+00:00 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 Trait That Can Make or Break A Leader

2018-10-08T22:41:55+00:00 Communication, Feature|

“[…] 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 [...]

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

2018-10-08T22:46:46+00:00 Feature, Leadership Growth|

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 [...]

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

2018-10-08T22:51:25+00:00 Women In 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 the hidden obstacles to female leadership - i.e. how to get around [...]

A Map Of The Hidden Obstacles to Female Leadership (Part 1)

2018-10-08T22:52:36+00:00 Women In Leadership|

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in [...]

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

2018-10-08T22:54:54+00:00 Feature, Serving 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 [...]

The Need for Personal Renewal to Avoid the Mid-Career Slump

2018-10-08T21:45:26+00:00 Professional Development|

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. On November 10th 1990, John W. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, [...]

On Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High

2018-10-08T21:57:39+00:00 Book Reviews|

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 [...]

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

2018-10-08T22:28:39+00:00 Leadership Growth|

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 [...]

6 Strategies To Tame the Meetings Monster

2018-10-08T22:37:55+00:00 Communication|

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, [...]

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

2018-10-08T22:50:07+00:00 Leadership Growth|

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 [...]

Achieving sustained leadership peak performance

2018-10-08T22:57:27+00:00 Performance and Productivity|

NBA basket ball player Steph Curry, tennis star Rodger Federer, and championship golfer Jordan Spieth. Each of these sports stars has an incredible talent and ability in their chosen sport. However, for them to be able to access that talent and skill at the very moment of a [...]