Where does strong leadership start?

Do you have what it takes to become a strong leader?

Recently, Bill Gates opined, “No matter what industry you’re in, the people on your team matter most.”  

Most successful CEO’s admit it is the employees who make a company successful. No strategy or golden opportunity can survive an unmotivated and/or unproductive team. If you accept the premise people make companies successful, then it follows, how a leader treats employees is the make/break of company success. Continue reading

When is a leader an example of leadership?

What is a leader to you?

Leadership is defined variously with words like power, influence, vision and, it is claimed, cannot be taught. Oddly, most lists describing leaders and leadership begin with integrity. Which causes me to dismiss those lists. Continue reading

How to say NO to your boss


Every executive and technology professional faces this dilemma at some point. You and your team are already pushed to the max and your boss asks you to take on another very important task. How do you refuse without raising their ire or losing your ‘team player’ status?  Continue reading

Executives-Network during the holidays.


Sounds counter intuitive and goes against accepted wisdom, but holidays are the best time of year for networking. Folks are relaxed, in a giving mood and eager to interact with new people. There is something in the air. Plus, more decision makers are in town and attending events. It’s good PR for them and a break from their routine. So get out there. Shine your shoes and press your suit. Get your business cards ready and commit to at least three events a week. Continue reading

Don’t let your career get derailed by the Double-bozo effect

 double bozo Is your boss a jerk?

Your boss is a jerk, right? He takes credit for your work, interrupts you when you speak, doesn’t include you on important meetings, frustrates any attempt to improve process and doesn’t keep his promises. You can’t do your best work and you go home each night feeling diminished. Solution? Quit your job. Continue reading