Dear Leaders, Fun fact: If you’re good at your job, your employer does not want to replace you. It’s just not in their best interest. Why? Because they need the job done well and it’s extremely difficult to find a good replacement. A fact that’s even more fun: If you’re excellent at your job, you’ll… Continue reading Feeling Threatened by your Subordinate’s Rapid Ascent? Stop It.
Dear Leaders, I remember the story of sixteen-year-old Darren Schultz working on his family’s station wagon, which was hoisted by a jack. Suddenly, the jack slipped, and Darren’s right leg was pinned under the car. As his father frantically tried to reposition the jack, it was Darren’s mother who took decisive action. With strength that… Continue reading Leading through Meaning
Dear Leaders, Ever had that nagging feeling in a meeting? The one where you know you should speak up, but there’s this invisible force pushing you back into your chair? Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s insecurity. Or perhaps it’s just Monday morning blues. Especially if you’re a New York Giants fan. Let’s call that force… Continue reading Leading with Assertiveness
Dear Leaders, As a senior executive, there’s no skirting around it: you will need to have tough conversations. From delivering feedback on subpar performance to discussing company changes that might not be popular, these discussions are unavoidable. More often than not, executives sidestep them, fearing potential repercussions. But doing so often leads to deeper complications… Continue reading Leading Through Tough Conversations
Dear Leaders, Stories have the power to cause revolutions. What is a revolution? Simply put, a radical and abrupt change. This letter isn’t about how to stir up a revolution. Most of us are in fortunate enough circumstances where the organizations we lead don’t need to be revolutionized. Your task as a leader, albeit complicated,… Continue reading What’s Your Story?
Dear Leaders, You’re in the business of making decisions. Every decision you make impacts the entire organization. Granted, some decisions are more impactful than others, but, in your capacity, all of them carry significant weight. In the words of Ted Lasso, “Given the good ol’ fact that you’re a human being that gets worn out… Continue reading Decision Fatigue in Senior Leadership Roles
Dear Leaders, Work-life integration is a progressive approach that, unlike work-life balance, does not compartmentalize professional and personal life but sees them as interconnected. For senior executives like you, effective work-life integration is critical for personal well-being, professional success, and overall productivity and innovation within the organization. Here’s a comprehensive view: The Concept Work-life integration… Continue reading Work-Life Integration for Senior Executives
Dear Leaders, Navigating the high-stakes world of senior executive leadership isn’t just about strategic foresight or business acumen. It’s also about maneuvering the intricate interpersonal dynamics that are inherent at this altitude of corporate decision-making. When conflicts arise at this level, their ripple effect is felt throughout an entire organization. In this letter, I offer… Continue reading Leadership at the Pinnacle: Navigating Conflicts
Dear Leaders, Time management in an organizational setting isn’t just about personal efficiency or productivity. It’s about how an entire enterprise aligns its resources, meets its goals, and creates a culture that values every minute. In essence, time management isn’t about managing time, it’s about managing choices, situations, and people. You must master your time… Continue reading Got Time?
Dear Leaders, In the orchestral world, a conductor handpicks musicians not just for their individual talents, but for how they harmonize as a collective. Similarly, in the corporate realm, building a balanced and effective C-suite team requires a discerning eye and a strategic approach. It’s not just about gathering expertise; it’s about orchestrating harmony, synchronization,… Continue reading The Art of Curating a Balanced C-Suite Team