Show up and be noticed!

In a recent vlog I discussed the important idea of “showing up” at an event, gathering or meeting and being present and fully engaged beyond using the event as a photo-opp. I’ve received positive feedback on the vlog so I’m adding a few more suggestions …

Do You Stand for Something or Fall for Anything?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” – I’ve heard this phrase countless times over the years. Yet, each time I hear it, I pause and think of what I stand for in terms of my values, the principles I live by, …

Enough Talk About Your Brand, Let’s Discuss Your Reputation

Personal branding has been a hot topic for years and is certainly an important one. However, we may have lost sight that beyond building our external facing brand we must also build our reputation. The Cambridge Dictionary defines reputation as – The opinion that people in general have …

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Happens

If I am honest with myself, and you with yourself, we’ll likely both arrive at the conclusion that in spite of any past dreaming, scheming, goal setting, hoping, planning, or stating – “This time it will be different” (feel free to add your own example …

Entrepreneurs Must Build a Strong Reputation

As an entrepreneur you have a reputation – positive, neutral or negative. And, as an entrepreneur it is your job to make sure you get noticed, approached and selected. Your reputation will determine how successful you become. When I started my company 26 years ago, …

Don’t Put Down Your Competition – It may Backfire!

In this blog I share how a competitor’s lack of professionalism and jealousy helped me lock-in a positive, long-term client relationship. A competitor, who was being championed by an executive who had worked with him in another organization, called into question the judgement of the …

Leadership Titles Can Be Like Soup Can Wrappers

Have you opened a can of soup expecting chicken noodle only to get cream of mushroom? Mislabeling can lead to disappointment and frustration. In similar fashion, someone “labeled” a leader who performs in the opposite to the stated title or role can disappoint and frustrate …

The Scenery Isn’t Changing – Who’s Fault Is It?

We all know people that talk, post, tweet about all the things they are going to do, places they will visit and what they are going to become “someday” e.g. manager, president, CEO, rock star, etc. Some people are likely already coming to mind that …

The Impact of a Leader’s Body Language

Don’t “fake it till you make it” instead, act and behave like it – so you become it. The body language of a leader speaks volumes whether he or she is aware of it or not. The truism “actions speak louder than words” still applies. …