A Heartfelt Look at Leadership

February’s theme takes a heartfelt look at leadership in honor of Valentine’s Day. Based on the work of Lance Secretan, Ph.D, an author of 14 books, speaker, and consultant to clients who are among Fortune’s 30 Most Admired Companies in America, we explore the most essential element of effective leadership. He believes it is inspiration, from the Latin word spirare, spirit. “After 30 years of study, teaching and practicing leadership in almost every imaginable environment, this is what I’ve discovered: Leadership is a serving relationship with others that inspires their growth and makes the world a better place. Leadership is …

18 Tips to Move Your Career Forward in 2016

This week’s Step Up Tips was adapted from an excellent post by colleague Alana Muller, Founder of Coffee Lunch Coffee, author and fellow speaker. In an earlier post this month we announced that, I and 17 other highly-sought career experts, are together revealing our best strategies and tactics for career success in a FREE Virtual Tele-Summit!  The 2016 Catapult Your Career Success Summit offers career strategies and tactics for executives, managers and leaders who desire to make a bigger impact, accomplish more in less time and ultimately achieve greater success and recognition. This complimentary event started on January 19th and …

Executive Presence: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

Executive Presence matters. It’s one of the key ingredients that determines whether you rise within an organizations’ ranks-or not. We know it when we see it. But what is it, exactly? Executive Presence is a measure of image-determining whether you are “star material.” It’s authenticity; leading confidently, and being true to who you really are. It can be cultivated—it’s not about a “program” or “system,” because authenticity is a big part of it. The Three Pillars of Executive Presence In her 2014 landmark book on the topic, “Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success”, Sylvia Ann Hewlitt interviewed …

What Does it Mean to Be a Balanced Leader?

Welcome to 2016!  This month we address a topic often longed for in the first month of the New Year:  Balance.  After the hectic holiday season and as the first few days of the calendar unfold,  many of us desire to create something different.  One word I often hear is “balance”. We write the words “create more balance” on our goals.  While on a leadership team call today, a participant stated that one of his top 2016 goals is seeking more balance for his team members after a particularly difficult year of implementation challenges. So, what is balance for a leader? And …

What’s in Your Leadership Box?

This is the last Step Up Leader Tip of 2015.  As we wrap-up the year-end, and “unwrap” our gifts, I often use this time-for myself and with clients—to do some housekeeping-both mental and physical.  This can include taking an inventory. Celebrate and acknowledge yourself while creating a placeholder that helps prepare for what you want to focus on for the future. The key is to choose to consciously spend some time with the exercise. Most importantly, put on your favorite music and have fun with it! Here are some questions to get you started for wrap-up: Getting Ready for 2016 …