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Can Charisma Be Learned?

Have you ever seen someone give a really great presentation and you were struck not only by how well they communicated, but also their magnetic personality? I remember when I was working for a startup 20 years ago and we were invited to attend a presentation by Jim Barksdale, then-president of Netscape, the company that […]

The 4th Habit of Highly Effective People: Think Win/Win (Part II)

Last week, we talked about Stephen Covey’s secret to avoiding adversarial relationships and practicing effective interpersonal leadership: The habit to “Think Win/Win.” See: The 4th Habit of Highly Effective People: Think Win/Win (Part I) We discussed the first foundational piece that needs to be in place in order to be able to truly think win/win, […]

The 4th Habit of Highly Effective People: Think Win/Win (Part I)

How much interpersonal conflict have you witnessed or been part of over the last week? How about over the last month? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way we could interact with everyone in ways where we seek to benefit everyone and cooperate naturally? Disagreements and conflicts can occur anywhere – in companies, […]

Why Do So Many Competent Women NOT Become Leaders?

I just read this very interesting article in the Harvard Business Review: “Why do so many incompetent men become leaders?”  I think the even more important question to ask is: “Why do so many competent women (and men) NOT become leaders?” The author, Professor of Business Psychology Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, argues that the reason is that […]

One Secret to Finding Happiness: Using Your Strengths

Have you ever received a performance review or prepared an evaluation for others? When I worked in the corporate world, I would not particularly look forward to upcoming performance reviews. It meant spending time writing self-evaluations and as a manager, coming up with various ratings and assessments for people in my group. The whole evaluation […]


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