Executive Presence

Dec 04

Self-Check Strategies: How To Make Feedback Sessions Work for YOU

Formal workplace feedback can be a tough nut to crack. Considering the contrasting perspectives of the givers and receivers of feedback, the amount of openness to ideas can vary, as can the trust factor between the parties. In my recent…
Oct 30

Snap Out of It!: How Being In-Trance Can Distort Our Social Skills

Because I’m an advocate of full transparency, I must make a confession: I felt a bit like Captain Obvious this month, using the DRIVEN blog to detail the importance of our culturally-embedded social skills….you know, those interactions of professionalism that…
Oct 23

The Eyes Have It: Refining Your Social Skills Through Appropriate Eye Contact

In order to engage with colleagues professionally and effectively, it’s crucial to eliminate any preoccupations with or insecurities about our own communication techniques. Having a solid handle on our social skills in the workplace assures those communications go smoothly, and…
Oct 16

Put‘er There: The Social Skills Behind Our Most Common of Greetings

Since human relationships are directly tied to culture, it makes sense that refined social skills are vital for a healthy work environment. Culture dictates our sense of safety and acceptance, which directly impacts workplace productivity and engagement. In my recent…
Apr 25

Cool Under Fire: Sketching Out The Basics of Self-Regulation

I hope you’ve been tagging along on our EQ journey through Self-Awareness this year. With just a little attention, you may have afforded yourself some valuable attributes for pulling ahead in your career, from refining your executive presence, to discovering…
Mar 14

Going One Step Deeper: How Executive Presence Hinges On Self-Awareness

I hope you’re taking advantage of the discovery that Self-Awareness is a two-step process. As you may have read in my recent article Know Thyself: Laying The Groundwork For Genuine Self-Awareness, being physically self-aware is a prerequisite of sorts for…
Sep 27

Straightening That Skid: 3 Lessons In Career Crisis Recovery Using Resilience

Have you checked in on your resilience lately? Perhaps my recent article Preemptive Power: How To Cultivate A Resilience Mindset has you meditating on resilient ways to bounce back from career crises. Or maybe you’ve invented some creative ways to…
Feb 28

Reliability: An Action That Truly DOES Speak Louder Than Words

In pondering the Trust Equation, one discovers that words are indispensable for building workplace trust. Words can make the difference between inclusion and exclusion on the part of the listener, and can define the credibility of the speaker. Also crucial…
Jul 12

The Social Shutout: How Women Can Direct a Business Conversation Away From Sports

When delivering workshops about business networking, an inquiry that I often get from the female participants is, “What if I don’t do sports?”. In other words, since they don’t follow college or professional sports, how can these women find a…
Jun 08

Back To Business: 6 Ways To Politely Decline When You Get Hit-On While Networking

Women of the business world: There’s a type of awkward male/female interaction in the network setting that has likely taken many of you by surprise, but rarely gets discussed with or addressed by your colleagues and supervisors. It can’t be…