Decision making is a key component to our lives and a daily element of successful leadership. The quality of decisions and the ability to make one (as opposed to being continually un-decided) shapes our lives and our careers.
I've personally honed my decision making skills by the following:
1) A lot of practice making decisions and not being stifled by indecision (remember NOT making a decision is still making a decision, you just had no input into the outcome).
2) Learning to focus Read more [...]
Today I learned (or maybe remembered) a truly critical element to being successful in business (and everywhere) - communication!
I'm not talking about formal communication or a communication plan or any other type of structured meetings, emails, newsbreaks, etc. Those are all very important. But today I remembered about just plain ole' pick up the phone, stop by the office, go out for a drink catching up with your co-worker communication.
I had about nine of these conversations with folks Read more [...]
One of the biggest challenges people face is how to balance work, family, friends, spirituality, obligations and play. As you become more successful, learning how to do this juggling act is even more critical. Let's face it, most C-level business execs are not happy people. They are stressed, unhealthy and increasingly frazzled keeping up in the ever increasing frenzy of the "rat race". Even if they have time to stop and realize that they are these things, most figure it is just part of Read more [...]
I get asked often by frustrated, hard-working, high achieving business people what they are doing wrong that they haven't achieved the success that they feel should be theirs. They desire to move up the corporate ladder but seem to have moved up as far as they can go. Maybe they are stereotyped as a "finance guy" or "salesperson" or the "ops type". Nothing wrong with any of these but getting to the top requires knowledge & experience in many facets of the organization.
Often times, I think Read more [...]
Ok, so why read a blog from me about being successful in business and having a balanced, passionate life? Well, I’d say it’s because I’ve pulled it off. I am a 39 year old COO of a large company. I’m a single Mom of two kids (one of which is a teenager). AND.. I work 4 days a week. Not 60 hours crammed into 4 days, I mean 32 hours a week – really. I run a large company, run a family and have a life.
I haven’t gotten it all figured out but certainly have achieved what few Read more [...]