… “and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Last week I had a meltdown.  I’d been working on a project I thought would take two or three weeks.  Six weeks into the project not one, but two issues, both outside of my control, surfaced. One’s been lingering for a couple of weeks and has been exasperated by the weather.  The second is one […]

Qualified Candidates Who Lack Executive Presence are Often Overlooked for Executive Positions

A client I recently coached comes to mind as an example of the need for executive presence.  The woman had been with a company since its inception – more than twenty years.  She’d advanced to senior manager level, then about ten years ago stopped being promoted to positions of greater responsibility.  Although she was widely […]

The Executive’s Toolbox: Executive Appearance

An executive’s appearance, and the importance it has to career progression, is often under-estimated, much to the detriment of many executive careers.  This is regrettable as it’s not tough to master. Even in today’s casual and often virtual environment executive appearance is still so important it’s rare for an executive to be hired without a […]

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 […]

Executive Presence: Developing Confidence

How does an executive go about developing confidence?   I’m not referring to the bravado that’s often displayed by executives and leaders who have attained a certain level of success that sometimes leads to behaviors, both professional and personal, that fail to inspire an organization.  I’m referring to the quiet confidence that comes from congruence between […]