Dal LaMagna offers a pinch of advice

Here are three points of advice from Dal LaMagna, the guy who launched more than a dozen businesses, sold Tweezerman to J.A. Henckels, and now is CEO of countertop manufacturer IceStone.  Read More.


Does your organization run austerity drills? Get together with staff once in a while and ask them, "If things suddenly went south for us tomorrow, where would we make financial cuts to keep us afloat?" Few have the foresight to envision tough times when the profits are rolling in, but don't let complacency make you forget that belt-tightening should never truly stop.


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

Break the obsession with bonuses

Q. Every year, I have to decide the bonuses I give my top managers. No matter how fair I try to be, they all compare notes and, inevitably, at least one of them is upset. Can you relate?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Salary Negotiating 101

Here are 7 secrets to boosting your career earnings, negotiating a raise and striking the best deal in a job offer negotiation. Download it now

Kevin Eikenberry

Remarkable Leadership with Kevin

6 Steps for Translating Your Experience into Better Change Messages

One of the most common questions I get from leaders is how to communicate change more successfully. My answer is, in part, here for you today. It relates to the John Dewey quotation in this blog post, and that means you must think about more than the change itself. You have to think about the experience of change. The fact is that everyone has experienced much change, and all of that experience isn’t positive. Yet many leaders communicate change from the position of how great it is, and all those rainbows and roses aren’t selling when people are seeing change through their less rosy personal filter. So how do we connect better, creating the commonality and community Dewey speaks of?

Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs

It really is the best of times

In America, 62% are unhappy with the state of the nation. In England that number is 55%, and in Italy, 90%. But truthfully, we’re living in a golden age.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Negotiation Coach

Manage their perceptions

Q: A customer is pressuring me to make a deal fast. I don’t want to be forced into a one-sided agreement and prefer to reach a compromise on mu­­tually beneficial terms. How should I respond to such hard-bargaining tactics?

Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Ask the Workplace Coach

Hey superstar, is it worth it if everyone resents you?

Q: “My co-workers seem to despise me because I have a strong work ethic. When I took this job six months ago, I joined a team of three other people who have all been with the company at least six years. I love what I do, so I work a lot of overtime. Now I’m in a pickle because my co-workers don’t appreciate the ‘new kid on the block’ working extra hours, and exceeding our goals. Unfortunately, my boss seems to agree with my team members, so I can’t go to her for help. What should I do?” Superstar

Write a personal note to spur action

Feb. 27, 2015

When Guillermo del Toro wanted to direct his first major motion picture, he knew which actor he wanted as his star. But it took some convincing to get his way.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 215

Feb. 27, 2015

Fail big ... Look hard at the United States' true business climate ... Go down a quick checklist before you lay down to sleep.

Bring more winners along for the ride

Feb. 26, 2015

David Novak learned an important lesson from John Calipari, a top college basketball coach. Novak is the chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands and Calipari is University of Kentucky’s head coach.

Her toughness sends a clear message

Feb. 25, 2015

Lynn Tilton, founder of Patriarch Partners, runs about 75 companies with total annual revenue of $8 billion. She’s a rare breed: a self-made female billionaire. Tilton, 55, didn’t rise to the top by holding back. She has no trouble asserting herself among high-powered men.