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  • More engagement at work…what are you waiting for?

    by • on May 27, 10 • in Career, Leadership, Professional Development • with No Comments

    The recent WSJ.com article “More Workers Start to Quit” states that “in February the number of employees voluntarily quitting surpassed the number being fired or discharged for the first time since October 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The article also indicates that the number of employees quitting could continue to grow in the coming months.   Apparently, people were waiting to see more jobs show up as possibilities before they made a move.  Makes sense.  In fact, 60% of workers said they intended to leave their jobs when the market got better &#

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  • What are You Doing to Stand Out as a Leader?

    by • on Apr 23, 10 • in Uncategorized • with No Comments

    Earlier this week I spent 3 days at Adtech – the largest digital advertising conference. One of the keynotes I found most interesting was Kristi VandenBosch, CEO of Publicis, who spoke about how the hyper-competitive advertising industry should learn to collaborate – especially between digital and “traditional” agencies.  I was particularly struck by this quote: “For agencies these days, true leadership means the ability not to lead, to do what you do brilliantly and surround yourself with people that do other things more brilliantly than you do”. I believe that this also applies directly to

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  • How Often Do We Put People In a Box?

    by • on Apr 15, 10 • in Leadership, Professional Development, Self Awareness • with No Comments

    Here’s the scene: A full day workshop with 40 generation y’rs in the advertising industry in Fort Worth Texas.  We have been hired to provide training on the topics of Improving your Productivity and Supervision/Team Coaching.  My co-leader, Eve,  and I have built what we believe to be a fantastic day of learning, fun and training.  It includes a great balance of information (lecture), interactions, exercises and … well I was finally persuaded to incorporate a short body movement/dancing exercise.   Both of us being German (she more so than me as she has just moved here

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  • Steps To Creating More Success in 2010: Step 3 – Imagine The Year Ahead

    by • on Jan 13, 10 • in Career, Coaching, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    In the last 2 posts we focused on completing 2009 and bringing the new learning to 2010.  Now it’s time to apply it! Step Three:  Imagine ahead to December 2010 Write a list of your Wins, Gains, and Breakthroughs for 2010.  This part is very important:  Be specific and write them as if they have already happened. For example, I have increased my income by x%. I developed better relationships with my team and retention is 100%. I landed the dream job I’ve been wanting and feel like I’m making a difference. I have at

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  • 3 Steps To Creating More Success in 2010: Step 2 – Identify Lessons Learned

    by • on Jan 6, 10 • in Coaching, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    In my last article, we discussed “closing out” 2009 by reflecting on the year. This is a great first step.  But equally as important is the learning that comes from it and what you do with it.  These are the next critical steps to building more success. Step 2:  Identify lessons learned in 2009. List 6-8 lessons learned that you want to carry into 2010. For example, “I learned that I work best when I star t my day earlier.” “I learned that I’m more productive if I schedule most meetings in the morning.” &#

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  • 3 Steps To Creating More Success in 2010: Step 1 – Reflect on 2009

    by • on Jan 5, 10 • in Coaching, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    In my last article I discussed the importance of getting beyond information overload,  juggling to-do lists and managing email 24/7 , and instead beginning to identify what’s most important to you in your role, work and career. As we begin the new year,  it’s a great time to get clear on just that: What’s most important to you as a leader in your organization (or role)? If you could only do one thing to bring more success to your work/career in 2010, what would that be? What do you want to be spending more time

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  • Focusing your time: What’s really important to you?

    by • on Dec 14, 09 • in Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    I had the great honor of speaking to a group of senior advertising agency media executives at the iMedia Summit last week. The presentation was entitled:  “Maximizing your brain and energy at work.”.  The engagement and feedback around this topic was incredible.  No surprise, because we’re always trying to find ways to be smarter and more effective with how we spend our time at work (and in life).   But what struck me most was how many people talked honestly and humbly about how they’ve lost connection to what’s important in their work – simply

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  • The “Softer Side” of Leadership

    by • on Nov 23, 09 • in Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized • with No Comments

    Tough times require “softer” leaders.  Having strong emotional intelligence is critical for leadership success. In an interview with Tom Field of Information Security Media Group, I talk about how today’s senior leaders need to focus more on emotional intelligence and other “soft” qualities to be able to better recruit and retain quality employees. Questions specifically addressed are: Which “soft” skills are most important? How can managers and employees alike can change a culture to embrace these skills? Where to start to develop and nurture “softer” leaders? A few ideas and tips are shared in the transcript

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  • Running, Rants and Revelations: On Accountability

    by • on Nov 17, 09 • in Professional Development • with No Comments

    Are we becoming less accountable? How often do you own your part? I do my best thinking when I run. And I do my best running when I think – especially about things that get me charged up! I run faster. Today I ran fast. A friend recently sent me a book that someone was writing about online dating. After 50 pages of ranting on about how tortured he was by the dating process, insulting his dates, and trying to contain his anger in a book disguised as a helpful tool to those new to

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  • Berlin Wall – A reminder about freedom and choice

    by • on Nov 9, 09 • in Career • with No Comments

    I remember when the Berlin Wall came down.  I was in an Irish bar in Australia.  I didn’t believe anyone until I saw it on TV.  It seemed surreal. Growing up in the U.S. with a father who had escaped from East Germany, I was always very aware of the impact the war and the wall had had in his life.   30 years ago or so my dad took our family to Europe for a month.  We spent about 2 out of  4 weeks of that trip in East Germany.  I remember it feeling like

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