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Mentoring, Professional Skills, and Diversity . . . a Busy Week

I’m back from a terrific conference put on in Minneapolis by the National Legal Mentoring Consortium in Minneapolis.  I enjoyed the chance to speak about mentoring circles to the conference attendees, and will be posting my remarks shortly.  Earlier this week, I attended this fall’s meeting of the Professional...



GirlVentures Rocks

Know why it’s important for girls to experience adventure in the out-of-doors? Author, mother, and peakbagger extraordinaire Patricia Ellis Herr shared three reasons this morning during her keynote talk at the annual GirlVentures Empower! Breakfast in San Francisco. Thanks to the generosity of my good friends Judy and Bruce...



Tip #6 – Learn to Give Great Feedback

Many otherwise solid leaders struggle when it comes to delivering “constructive criticism.”  They become tongue-tied, too busy to talk, and often times avoid saying anything at all, until written performance review time rolls around, and then the bad news comes as a surprise to the employee.  Yet one of...



Tip #5: Seize The Day and Take Initiative To Achieve Your Goals

Once you know what you want to achieve, it’s time to get on to doing it.  Success does not come to those who sit back and wait, which is why great leaders are always taking initiative to think about what they can do to get what they want.  In...



Tip #4: Set Short-, Mid-, and Long-Term Goals and Objectives

To get where you want to go, you first must decide where that is, which is why you need goals and objectives for your business.  Sounds easy, right?  Not so fast.  According to Staples’ Annual National  Small Business Survey, a whopping 80% of small business owners surveyed said they don’t...



Tip #3: Create Your Personal Board of Directors

Businesses use them, so why shouldn’t you?  The concept of having your own personal board is catching on as more and more people reach beyond the limitations of internal mentors or sponsors to gain the benefit that boards play in the business world – independent advisors who provide their expertise to...



Tip # 2: Develop Habits That Help You Be More Optimistic

I’ve blogged about this before, because it’s so important.  Optimism matters.  I’m not talking about being a Pollyanna in a pejorative way, where blind optimism can reflect naiveté.  Rather, I mean the ability to remain motivated and persistent when things don’t go the way you’d like.  Rather than giving...



Strengthen Your Leadership: TEN WAYS TO WIN

No matter whether your “game” is a short-term challenge at work, a desire to make a career change, or stepping into a new management role, proven strategies can accelerate your success.  I’ll be sharing ten tips over the rest of this month that, if you choose to apply, will...



What were they thinking?

Anyone who believes preparation doesn’t matter needn’t look far today to appreciate the perils of winging it.  No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the spectacle of Clint Eastwood riffing his off-color conversation with an imaginary President Obama at last night’s Republican National Convention is an object...



Why Coaching Works

One of the most rewarding parts of my business is watching my executive coaching clients succeed in reaching their goals.  Because I understand first-hand the demands of the legal profession, and have experienced the challenges of the corporate world to deliver better results in less time and with fewer...



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