Building A Peer Group Within Our Current Organization

If we look at a traditional organization chart, everyone on the same rung of the ladder we occupy can be considered a peer.  The thing we have in common, in most organizations, is there are fewer positions at each level as we climb to the top of the ladder. To remain on the ladder at […]

Leveraging Fortune 500 Meeting Behaviors

I’ve heard it said that most of an executive’s work is done in meetings.  In fact, many executives I’ve worked with spend the preponderance of their day in meetings, leaving little time for anything else. Because so much time is spent in meetings, making the concerted effort to ensure we have effective meeting practices in […]

Executive Presence: Communicate as an Executive

An executive’s ability to write, speak and present ideas and information clearly will either propel him through the executive ranks or hinder his career progression. As an executive, and subsequently as a management consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to observe and participate in hundreds (perhaps thousands) of executive level meetings and conversations.  I’ve learned that […]

The Executive Toolbox: Open and Honest Communications

Why is it important to an executive to build a team that practices open and honest communication? It prevents the phenomena of The Emperor Has No Clothes. We all know the story: no one in the emperor’s court would tell him the fine suit he’d had made, and thought he was wearing in a parade, […]

The Executive Toolbox: Capable and Committed Team Members

A team that is capable is able to achieve what they need to do efficiently. A team that is committed is dedicated to achieving the team’s goals. To be successful, a team, and each member of the team, has to be both. Very often, as a consultant, I’ve worked with clients to make the distinction […]