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 […]

The Executive Toolbox: Executive Presence

Executive presence is that certain something that causes other people to recognize an executive as a leader. It provides the confidence that an individual will be able to perform as an executive. Without it, even extremely competent people can be overlooked for leadership positions. One example that comes to mind is a client I recently […]

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, […]