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The Progression and Impact of the Chief Data Officer

2019-09-14T03:31:39+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

If your company doesn’t already have a chief data officer (CDO), there is a good chance it could be a topic of discussion. Why? According to Gartner, the office of the CDO will be a crucial function similar to IT, finance, HR and business operations in 75% of large companies by 2021. Although the CDO [...]

Is It Really Executive Presence?

2019-09-11T23:40:48+00:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

You have probably heard colleagues make comments about the executive presence of certain leaders. If so, take a minute to think about whether your colleagues are truly on target. The term executive presence is tossed around quite a bit regarding someone’s positive impact in meetings and other business situations. It is misleading. Why? From my [...]

Increasing Leadership Finesse in STEM Organizations

2019-03-01T22:38:22+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

How can you reduce employee churn in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) organizations that costs billions of dollars? Consider leadership finesse. In my last article, I alluded to leadership finesse and how it helps create motivating work environments where STEM-skilled employees thrive and want to stay. In this follow-up article, I expand on STEM organizations [...]

Build STEM Work Environments That Retain STEM Skills

2019-03-01T22:40:34+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

In recent years, news outlets have stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. How important are these skills? 75% of the fastest-growing occupations require STEM skills. U.S. employment in STEM fields has gone up more than 30% since 2000. This information is great to hear if you are a STEM advocate [...]

Four Ways to Accelerate Your Executive Team’s Productivity

2019-03-04T19:21:24+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“We are an executive team in name only.” “We are all senior leaders at the same company, we participate in the same meetings, but we do not collaborate well as a unit.” “We have no common objective and struggle with accountability.” In my work, I regularly hear senior leadership at organizations make these comments. If [...]

How to Manage the Arrogant Victim Mindset

2019-03-04T19:24:32+00:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

The victim mindset can affect average and high performers in any organization in any industry. Ultimately, it can impact the bottom line when it is not managed. In part one of this series, I addressed the first form of the victim mindset I have dealt with across 20 industries: the doubtful victim. In this second and final [...]

How to Manage the Doubtful Victim Mindset

2018-10-28T01:55:26+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Have you ever encountered a “victim mindset” in your day-to-day work? Chances are that you have. Whether you find it at the executive or middle-management level, most of us have worked with someone (or possibly multiple people) who personifies this mindset. Your challenge as a leader is figuring out how to handle it. In order [...]

Recover Credibility After Missteps

2018-10-28T01:58:14+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“The timing of the product launch was poor. I told my team it should not be done that month,” stated Brad (the division president). “Brad, don’t you lead that division? Based on what you just said in the last few minutes, there were at least two important factors for the product that were not considered. [...]

Dodge the Business Line Viability Trap

2018-09-06T03:41:22+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

As a senior leader, what do you do if a new business line in your organization is not performing up to expectations? How do you avoid shutting it down prematurely or continuing to bet on a losing horse? These are valid questions you may have asked yourself on the way to work, because your responsibilities [...]

Manage Up to Improve Your Situation

2018-09-06T03:45:16+00:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“You have to learn to manage up better.” Perhaps someone has said this to you or a colleague. To manage up, you need to be strategic in how you handle work relationships with your boss and individuals higher on the company ladder that possess more power than you. When you manage up with leaders, the [...]