When You Learn Your Employee is an Alcoholic

Alcoholic woman carrying a bottle of liquerIt’s not only disheartening but also disruptive when you learn one of your staff members has a drinking problem. Just this past week, a business colleague had a very upsetting experience that almost lost her a client. She called us in frustration because she didn’t know what to say to her employee.

Don’t Become an Enabler

She said that she finally accepted this employee couldn’t control his drinking. Let’s not mince words; she’s pretty certain that he’s an alcoholic. He had gradually been taking longer and longer lunches and often came back to the office …Read more…

Did I Waste My Time Attending That “Mandatory” Staff Meeting?

“Another hour of my time wasted,” you think, as you’re leaving yet another meeting that went nowhere.stop wasting time” That’s very often what staff members think when their leader doesn’t take charge of a meeting (virtual or face-to-face) that he scheduled.

If you are that leader, you need to set the agenda and give clear instructions before the meeting – what people should do to prepare and what outcomes are expected. Participants will end up frustrated when they don’t know what the next steps are. …Read more…

Your Client’s Executive Assistant Can be Your Best Friend

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Your Best Friend

CEOs and other top-ranking executives these days are glued to their computers like the rest of us. But a high-powered executive assistant is still an essential fixture in the executive suite, even if her boss types his own memos.

In fact, she has taken on more important responsibilities in an increasingly fast-paced business world.

One thing has remained a constant. She still serves as the gatekeeper for her busy boss. …Read more…

Can a Big Ego Derail Your Success in Business?

“Big Names” in business and politics often bomb in public appearances. Woman holding a picture frameHave you wondered how this happens and if their egos get in the way of their good sense?

Ego is OK in Small Doses

All of us are egotistical to some degree – meaning we are self-centered and sometimes come across as self-important. Who doesn’t want to walk into a room confident that she is the best-dressed guest at the party? But having a big ego in business can derail your success.

It’s egotistical to “wing it” at a presentation without doing the proper advance preparation. It was arrogant of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to keep …Read more…