Our Best Wishes for an Inspirational Holiday

The holiday season inspires happiness and feelings that life is good.

Happy holiday, funny tree with balloonsThe writer and poet Maya Angelou has a magic touch with words and expressions that gets to the heart of the human experience.

On the occasion of her 70th birthday, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Maya Angelou and asked her what she thought of growing older. She responded that it was “exciting.” …Read more…

Fake it Till You Become it — the “Power Person” in the Room

The popular concept “fake it till you make it” dates to Aristotle who famously proclaimed that acting virtuous will make you virtuous.

But Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy has a new take on this old expression: “Fake it Till You Become it.”

Power Poses

In her TED presentation, “How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” Cuddy gives examples from her research that faking it actually works. As she says, “…when you pretend to be powerful, you are also more likely to feel powerful.” …Read more…

Do You Think You Have the Executive Presence to Get Ahead? Think Again

Appearance Counts

If you wonder why so few women are running Fortune 500 companies, it’s because they lack “executive presence.” That’s not our opinion, but the results of a revealing study that’s summarized in a special @WORK supplement in Marie Claire magazine.

Looking and Acting the Part

In the view of Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) the think tank that conducted the study, these are the traits that will make you a contender for the top spot: …Read more…

Commitment is a Virtue and a Necessity in Building Your Personal Brand

The other day I sat by the phone waiting for the call about a potential coaching assignment. The phone never rang.

The person who booked the session never bothered to call or write to explain why she didn’t follow through. Was she sick? Did she have to go out of town suddenly? I’ll never know, even though I sent her an email asking. She did eventually call wanting to set up a training session. I declined.

Honoring Commitments

When did it become OK not to honor commitments? …Read more…