How your boss leaving imposes you into a new place: liminal space

How your boss leaving imposes you into a new place: liminal space

Wherever you work these days – home, the office, or hybrid – it’s likely you’ve also moved into another space, called liminal space. Liminal space is literally the doorway between one space and another. Liminal is from the Latin “limen,” which translates into...

How we humans may be too smart for our own good

How we humans may be too smart for our own good

Want to be a more humble human? Check out this new dark yet highly entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking book, If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity by Justin Gregg. We humans are the most intelligent beings on...

What do you want to thank your younger self for doing?

What do you want to thank your younger self for doing?

What do you want to thank your younger self for doing? The value of this question is at least threefold: It helps you 1) reflect, 2) show self-compassion, and 3) direct your future actions. The idea for asking this question came to me while reading the engaging,...

16 ways for professionals to center themselves when under pressure

16 ways for professionals to center themselves when under pressure

Feeling anxious or stressed? You have more options than meditating or medicating to get calm.In this Forbes Coaches Council expert panel, 16 Forbes Coaches Council members, including me, shared our techniques for getting centered. My panel contribution is #16, Hang...

3 ways to set people up for success and follow through on your requests

3 ways to set people up for success and follow through on your requests

Be big, bold, and brief. That’s an effective way to cut through clutter, get people’s attention, and get them to complete a simple action. The managed health care company Aetna definitely snagged my attention with the envelope pictured here. The envelope spoke to me,...

4 ways to motivate employees to come to you… some of the time

4 ways to motivate employees to come to you… some of the time

If you’re a Boomer or Gen X boss trying to get employees back in the office, you’re going to have a hard time persuading people that the way you like to do things is the best and only place and way to work. Instead, you’ve got to go where the workers are and motivate...

How facts can get in your way when you’re trying to be influential

How facts can get in your way when you’re trying to be influential

Want to seize people’s attention, capture their hearts and minds, and get them to say “yes” – maybe even before you ask? Read Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen, the new book by Yale behavioral...