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How to Feed the Office Parrot
March 1, 2017
How to Feed the Office Parrot

“Sort of like a walk in the wilderness, just not as refreshing.” That was just one of the hundreds of comments on my recent post about rude “animal” bosses. But I thought…

Successful People Ignore the "Rules of Body Language"
February 27, 2017
Successful People Ignore the "Rules of Body Language"

Do you know the “rules” of body language? Maintain eye contact but not for too long (otherwise, creepy). Shoulders back, chin up, no slouching. Do not fold your arms —…

Hey Boss: Your Chaos Is Making Me Anxious
February 23, 2017
Hey Boss: Your Chaos Is Making Me Anxious

Have you ever had a boss who seemed to leave behind a trail of disaster? I have. Too many times. There was the boss who threatened team members when he did not like an…

Stop Worrying About VCs Stealing Your Idea
February 22, 2017
Stop Worrying About VCs Stealing Your Idea

A friend approached me last year about starting a software company that would be an add-on in the Salesforce AppExchange. He was in the beginning stages and needed some…

The 8 Rude "Animal" Types of Bosses
February 15, 2017
The 8 Rude "Animal" Types of Bosses

Ever work with someone who hogs all the credit? Or a parrot who never seems to have an original idea? I bet you can think of a few people who act more like zoo animals…

You Are An Executive (You Just Don't Know It Yet)
February 9, 2017
You Are An Executive (You Just Don't Know It Yet)

She said I had an “executive presence.” This was coming from the VP of a product team I worked on early in my career. And she told me I only needed to speak up a bit more…

You Do Not Need a Chief Happiness Officer
January 31, 2017
You Do Not Need a Chief Happiness Officer

Do you need a Chief Happiness Officer at work? Instead of gimmicks and happy hours, discover the 5 key building blocks that lead to real happiness at work.

You Deserve Workplace Freedom
January 26, 2017
You Deserve Workplace Freedom

I love being outside. Just last week I went snowshoeing with some friends in Yosemite. But when I told a colleague about my trip, she wrinkled her nose. Snowshoeing? No…

Sorry, Boss — But Your Apology Stinks
January 23, 2017
Sorry, Boss — But Your Apology Stinks

It should be simple. But there are many ways to screw up a perfectly good apology. There is the over-apology — as if saying “I’m really, really sorry” carries more…

Will Your Legacy Mindset Fail You?
January 17, 2017
Will Your Legacy Mindset Fail You?

“The epitome of power.” I recently read an article in Harvard Business Review that proclaimed this was why we should care about building a legacy. It gave me pause. The…

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