Are You Competent OR Are You Liked?

Jun05
Yes, you read that correctly. In 2003 Harvard Business School conducted what is commonly known as the Heidi/ Howard Study on gender differences. Subsequently there has been significant research supporting the study’s conclusion, which is that women are perceived as either being competent OR likable, but rarely both. This double bind for women in large part stems from 'role congruity'—our expectations of how women and men are 'supposed' to b...
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Don’t Call Me “Ms. Bossy Pants”!

Mar18
A couple of weeks ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are:         bossy              ...
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3 BIG Reasons to Shamelessly Promote the Things That Are Important to You!

Feb06
I have an agenda today. It consists of three items: To show you that when you 'give', you get more than the recipients of your gifts ever will To persuade that you must invest in yourself wisely if you're to be the best version of you! (And to take a good, hard conscious look at the Authentic Business Success Summit, and all that this investment will give to you) To convince you that it's vital to your success and your life that you no...
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Congratulations! You’re An UNLeader!

Jan29
It started as a whisper, a murmur, a mere hint of a change. A dozen years later, it's picking up momentum; not yet a revolution or even a movement, but something deeper and more meaningful. It's happening one person at a time which makes it inevitable, sustainable and ultimately invaluable. I'm speaking to the subject of how we 'hold' leadership (or, more specifically, leaders): How we define it, live it and look for it. If you read my blog: ...
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The 5 Questions We MUST Stop Asking (and why we’re still asking them)

Jan22
My dad taught me that. He'd say "Nan, you can tell how smart a person is not by the answers they have, but by the questions they ask." Thanks, Dad! It's quite obvious that the world, as we've known it, is undergoing a major transformation. It is equally obvious that we are in the midst of the chaos that accompanies all change and transformation. That is the good news. There is no bad news! Many have pretended not to notice that things have ...
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The Best Day to Make a Difference

Sep26
    Let's begin with a bit of history... September 11th You know exactly where you were when you heard the news. You remember precisely how you felt… how you still feel. It was the day that the heart of the world cracked open. Nothing has been the same since. In fact, everything has radically intensified, hasn't it?  Have you noticed how much more drama there is in life? How life's polarities  have become more pronounced? How sim...
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Don’t Pull a Weiner

Jul30
Once again, politician Anthony Weiner has been caught in flagrante delicto. It's deja vu, all over again. Just two short years ago I wrote a blog on then-Congressman Anthony Weiner's fall from grace (Is Weiner Nuts?). An upcoming, enthusiastic and much-loved politician, he was caught sexting pictures with a number of women, non of whom were his then-pregnant wife. Confronted with indisputable evidence, he lied. Then he lied about lying.T...
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Stick a Fork in Me. I’m Done! 10 Great Lessons Anthony Weiner Taught Us About Building Our Personal Brand

Apr21
Prefer to listen? An MP3 download and Transcription are available at the end of this post. “It’s who we become as a result of an experience, not the experience itself, which is most valuable.” There is much to be learned from all of the recent scandals and these ‘once-great’ men. Personally, I’m done with this distraction, as are many of you. So now let’s get to the learning piece. Here is my synopsis of th...
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Is Weiner Nuts?

Apr13
Prefer to listen? An MP3 download and Transcription are available at the end of this post. Defense attorneys often base their client’s case on said person’s ‘unfortunate’ childhood: They tell the jury that the defendant was raised with a history of severe abuse—sexual, emotional, physical (usually some combination) and, therefore, is not totally responsible for the crime s/he committed. They ask for forgiveness, leniency, ...
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