I recently tweeted, “Being a great leader is not always about doing, it is also about restraint. Take the time to pause, consider thoughts and words, so that the way we express ourselves motivates and uplifts others.” I strongly believe in this statement. Earlier in my career I worked for a boss who held weekly, in person, team meetings. I often found these meetings frustrating, as it seemed like everyone was talking over each other. As soon as someone took a breath, another person inserted his or her thoughts. There was never a quiet moment and not a lot of listening took place. This wasRead More →

I am currently involved in an initiative to help motivate and inspire our telecommuter population. This is just over 10% of our entire employee base. Since these telecommuting team members are spread across the globe, across departments and functions, and have varied years of experience, this is a challenging task. Recently, I previewed a number of “how to telecommute” books from Amazon.com, to see if any of them would be worthy as giveaways or job tools for this group. Sadly, many of them are geared to business owners working from home or have outdated information. I did find one book, “101 Tips for Telecommuters, SuccessfullyRead More →

Do any of these budget related phrases sound familiar? There is no budget for any more travel this year. There is no budget to give your employee a market pay increase. There is no budget to provide lunch for the employees. There is no budget to replace your laptop at this time. We hear all the time in Corporate America that there is no budget to do this or do that, but I want to let you in on a little secret. There is almost always budget available. The reality is that the senior leader who is in charge of the budget, which is usually millionsRead More →

This week I had the opportunity to attend a women’s leadership symposium in Washington D.C. As I reflect back on the content and the speakers, one of the sessions that stood out for me was on power. The word power is often used as a negative, for example, “The zombie queen used her powers for evil instead of good.” or “The politician used his power to hire his friends, instead of the most qualified candidates.” In this session we talked about the different types of power and when having it or using it can be a good thing. At one point the facilitator asked herRead More →