The Chemistry of Power

The Chemistry of Power

Chemistry matters when it comes to personal power (and by extension) personal presence. In her excellent book on the subject of presence, Amy Cuddy highlights some interesting research on the role of two hormones (testosterone and cortisol) and feeling powerful....
Don’t be a Bully

Don’t be a Bully

Why can we be so mean to ourselves? If we heard someone talking to one of our friends the way we sometimes talk to ourselves, the gloves would be coming off. But somehow when the bully is ourselves, it seems OK. If being a high performer is part of your game plan,...
Take me Seriously

Take me Seriously

Being taken seriously by direct reports, peers and upper management is a key component of leadership success. The issue is often addressed as “executive presence.” Think of some examples of leaders you would describe as having a big dose of leadership presence. The...

The Incredible Visible Leader

Many times the issues I work on with clients are quite complex.  Sometimes they are very simple. One of the most simple things that leaders can (and must) do is stay visible. Visibility (versus invisibility) is like a super-power for leaders. Our teams are constantly...