The Secret to Tom Brady’s Leadership: The Influence of Energy

All of us emit a “vibe” or an “energy” to people around us in every minute of the day. The problem is that we emit much of this energy without thought, intention or practice. In essence, the energy we manifest to others is often in automatic default mode, and we may forget that others are … Continue reading

Not Everyone Wants a Trophy: The Deloitte Report on Millennials in the Workplace 2016

Millennials just recently officially became the largest generation in the US work force. There has been much written and said about Millennials, and managers continue to repeat the stereotypes of entitlement, trophies and 3 hour spa breaks at lunch. Millennials, like all of us, rarely fall so easily into those stereotypes. Deloitte conducted a survey … Continue reading

Goodbye to Some Of That: Upon Leaving New York

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot I spent half of my life trying to get to New York. I then spent a year trying to leave it, and I finally did. … Continue reading

The Six Strategies to Persuade Others

Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and the new book Pre-Suasion, found in his research that people are most influenced by one of six strategies used by influencers. Whether you are seeking to win new business, be a more effective leader, or persuade a client to buy you product — these strategies … Continue reading

The Ten Habits of a Successful Freelance Business Owner

For the past 7 years, I have owned my own business and worked as a full-time freelance consultant for Fortune 500 companies. As part of that experience, I have worked with many other freelance consultants as well. I have seen some be very successful. I am not perfect, and I have had a few slow … Continue reading

So You Want To Be a Freelance Entrepreneur? Five Myths to Consider

When I was stuck in a job that I was emotionally over, and I read the book 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. The book details his decision to give up the confines of full-time employment to discover the adventurous life of a self-created freelance career and in exotic locations all over the world. To determine … Continue reading

Bossy or Bold? Becoming an Assertive Woman in the Workplace

Much of my consulting and training work is in the New York City area, and one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from female clients is how to be assertive without being perceived negatively by other female and male colleagues. Even in a progress work environment like NYC financial services, females are told … Continue reading

A Sad Sweet Feeling: Abe Lincoln on Grief

Several friends in my life have lost parents recently, and we have been sharing our experiences of grief in the aftermath of such losses. We described the presence of a potent sadness that we had never known before, or how previously forgotten memories of cherished moments return to us in moments unexpected, or how torrents of grief … Continue reading

The World of Work, Part 4: Leaders and Managers: There is a Difference

Managers are a dime a dozen, but leaders are hard to find. That is why employees tell me often that do not know the purpose of their work, that no one ever tells them “thank you”, or that there is no communication in their workplace. They have managers, but managers are not necessarily leaders. Leaders … Continue reading