Modeling Success: Three Ways to Communicate Effectively Without Words

Success doesn’t come easy, and the more complex the challenge, the harder it can be to communicate effectively with your team.  Sometimes, the more you talk, the more words can get in the way.  One way to cut through the noise is modeling success.

If you can show them what success looks like, it can help them visualize what they need to do, improve teamwork, and get you a positive result a lot faster.  Today we’ll talk about what modeling success looks like, and three ways you can put this modeling idea to good use.


The Simple Secret to the Best PowerPoint Presentation I Ever Saw

It was the best PowerPoint presentation I had ever seen.  It happened over 10 years ago, but even now I can remember specifics.  What made it so memorable?  So effective?  In this post, I’ll tell you the simple presentation secret, and how you can use it to add power to your presentations.


From Disaster to Master: Five Presentation Tips to Cut Through the Static

There are two parts to a presentation:  your message, and how you transmit that message to your audience.  Too often a good message can get lost in the static of a bad transmission.

Not long ago I was on the receiving end of this unfortunate combination.  To help us all be better communicators, here is what happened, and five presentation tips you can use to make sure the signal you are sending comes through loud and clear.


Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes

Can the way you stand or sit make you a better leader?  Short answer: Yes, I believe it can.  There are two main ways that this happens, and we’ll be talking about how you can put them both to work to enhance your ability to lead.


9 Things You are Doing that Really Infuriate the Boss

Ever wonder why the boss always seems to be mad?  At you?  You’re trying to lead your team the best you can, but every time you turn around he’s in your face about something.

You might be thinking, “What’s his problem?”

But it might be something you are doing and not even realize. Today we’ll look at nine ways you might be infuriating the boss, and for each offense, I’ll also offer you practical techniques to turn that negative into a positive.


10 Unusual Meetings to Make Your Team More Productive

We’ll never be free from the need to have meetings, but that doesn’t mean they have to be long, boring, and unproductive.  Here are ten unusual meeting approaches you can use to get out of a rut, stimulate more creativity, and be more productive.


How to Ask For Feedback: 16 Ways to Get the Input You Need

“How do I get constructive feedback from the boss?”
A reader posed a great question recently in the feedback section of our free leadership mini-course.

“I and others like me in our organization rarely hear a few encouraging words or feedback of any type.  How does one approach one’s supervisor about something like this?”

We’ve talked about the importance of giving constructive feedback,  and how to use the Sandwich Method to soften the blow.  But to improve ourselves, we need to be on the receiving end, too. If your boss never takes the time to give you constructive feedback, how do you get better at your job?

As Leadership Development and CEO coach Lolly Daskal says, the best bosses will make an investment of time and effort to help you grow and develop.  But when they don’t, you need to take your professional development into your own hands – you have to ask for feedback.

Today we’ll talk about 16 things you can do to help you ask for that feedback, and start getting the input you need.


5 Connections You Need for a Powerful Leadership Network

It is not unusual for someone to be promoted into a position of leadership based on their job performance.  But often, the skills that got them promoted are not the ones that will help them excel as a leader.

You are bridging the gap from doing what you are told, to figuring out what it is that needs to be done in the first place.

In order to do that well, you need information from a variety of key places.  You need to be connected.  You need a leadership network.


Managing the Boss: How to Deliver Bad News

No one likes to deliver bad news to the boss.  But how you present a problem to them will have a lot to do with how they react to it.  It’s more than just “managing the boss” – it’s seeing things from their perspective. Here is a way you can break the news, help to solve the problem and strengthen your informal leadership in the process.


After Action Reviews: Is There an Elephant in the Room?

After every major event, good organizations and teams take a moment and very deliberately review what happened in an After Action Review.  In this way, they can keep getting better.  It’s a great process, but there’s an elephant in the room that can keep it from working.  Today we’re going to talk about what that is, and the one thing you can do to make sure your review session is effective in improving your team’s performance.