How Do You Decide?

If you’re facing a complicated decision, how do you go about it? As with any other part of your life, you probably have patterns that have been established for years, maybe even since you were a child. Cheryl Strauss Einhorn is the founder and CEO of Decisive, a decision sciences company using her AREA Method decision-making … Continue reading How Do You Decide?

Clever, Smart or Wise

Most of us value our intelligence as a part of who we are. In addition to being considered kind, honest, hardworking and good looking, we’d like to believe that we are smarter than the average bear. But smart comes in many forms, and it’s important to know the difference between them. Clever lives in the … Continue reading Clever, Smart or Wise

Take Charge or Take Care is a False Choice

Therese Huston based her book How Women Decide on a premise: “Is a woman’s experience issuing a tough call, a decision with serious stakes, any different from a man’s? I’ve found that when a man faces a hard decision, he only has to think about making a judgment, but when a woman faces a hard … Continue reading Take Charge or Take Care is a False Choice

Trust Your Intuition? Maybe you should.

Therese Huston is the author of How Women Decide, a book that asks – and answers – tough questions about how we view women in the workplace. She wonders whether the perception of women as less decisive than men makes a difference in how women actually make decisions. She’s also interested in the question of … Continue reading Trust Your Intuition? Maybe you should.

When a Women Decides

Therese Huston based her book How Women Decide on a premise: “Is a woman’s experience issuing a tough call, a decision with serious stakes, any different from a man’s? I’ve found that when a man faces a hard decision, he only has to think about making a judgment, but when a woman faces a hard … Continue reading When a Women Decides

Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

Writing for Training Magazine online, Dr. George Watts and Laurie Blazek address a difficult subject that almost no one talks about in professional development: the role ego plays in your leadership style. They don’t pull any punches. “The ego is the psyche’s trickster”, they write. “It’s the wrong-minded attempt to perceive and project yourself as … Continue reading Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Speaking up in meetings can be nerve-wracking for many people.  Even workers who are not normally shy feel panic at the thought of expressing ideas in front of the boss.  One employee of a nonprofit says she can feel her throat close up if she’s called on to express an opinion.  Another colleague says, “I’m … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

Conflict happens on the job. Even people who agree on what must be done can have strong disagreements about methods. When resources are scarce or performance pressure is high, you can easily have conflict that boils over. Mark Gerzon, a mediation expert and author of “Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities,” … Continue reading Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

What We Don’t Miss at All About the Office

“Hell is other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre One benefit of working from home is being able to avoid contact with other humans. Pre-pandemic, coworkers spent more waking hours with each other than with their families. That much togetherness inevitably means we drive each other crazy. Quality Logo Products surveyed 1,902 employed Americans and asked what behaviors … Continue reading What We Don’t Miss at All About the Office

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. How Shame is Holding You Back.

Think about the last time you made a mistake. Just to make it interesting, make it a pretty big mistake. The kind that gives you a sick feeling in your stomach. The kind that costs you a night’s sleep before you have to tell your boss, or your team, or your spouse that you screwed … Continue reading Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. How Shame is Holding You Back.