The secret of success? Practice, of course

The Associated Press placed Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the top 10 athletes of the 20th century. "The formula for success is simple," she said. "Practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration."  Read More.


Sarcasm's a slow killer. Laughter and good humor are terrific for morale, but there are ways to make people laugh at work that aren't helpful. Sarcastic attitudes should be watched carefully. Cynicism doesn't boost others; instead it gradually dampens spirits and makes both targets and observers less likely to confide in the person who habitually makes the jagged comments.


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

'Personal issues made me do it?' Sorry, not an excuse

Q. An employee stormed out of a staff meeting and made a scene. He insulted me and bashed our company. He may be under stress due to personal issues. But I don’t want to let this incident slide. What’s the right response?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Preparing the Executive for Depositions

Depositions are scary – even for top executives. Advance planning can help minimize the time you spend with lawyers. That’s why The HR Specialist and Executive Leadership have teamed up to help you stay composed when you’re deposed, with Preparing the Executive for Depositions. Watch it now.

Kevin Eikenberry

Remarkable Leadership with Kevin

What's Behind the Question?

I’ve long felt and taught that one of the best ways to learn better questioning skills was to watch great interviewers. In the past, I’ve often suggested Charlie Rose and Barbara Walters. Now Barbara's mostly retired and Charlie’s gig has changed. Does that mean my advice has changed? Yes, a bit.

Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs

More social media! A plan for Mondays

Social media manager HootSuite offers a Monday morning checklist to beat the blues.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Negotiation Coach

Defusing negotiation anxiety

Q. Negotiations make me anxious. In the past year, I negotiated for a car at a dealership, a higher salary at work, a lower price on a piece of furniture at an antiques market, and an important business contract as part of a team. Each time, my palms got sweaty, my heart started to race, and I found the whole process to be unpleasant. What can I do to feel less anxious when I negotiate?

Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Ask the Workplace Coach

Nothing lined up? Think twice about leaving a résumé gap

Q: “After three months on the job, I have concluded that this is a toxic workplace. I originally took this position just to have a paycheck, but now I feel trapped, because my long hours leave me no time to look for another job. Even though I’m a new graduate, I have enough savings to last for a year. Should I consider quitting?” Fed Up 

Are you investing strategically?

Sep. 2, 2014

Do you have too much money in­­vested in low-priority items? Execu­­tives say low-priority initiatives get too much funding, cost-cutting isn’t strategic and budgeting isn’t tightly aligned with strategic planning at their companies, according to research by Strategy&.

A CEO pivots to the football field

Sep. 1, 2014

As a top executive at Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade, Joe Moglia's employees viewed him as a supportive yet demanding boss who prodded them to excel. But Moglia gravitated to a career in finance only after abandoning a rewarding stint as a football coach.

Leading a leadership team

Aug. 29, 2014

Two critical functions must be fulfilled to make a senior leadership team work.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0814

Aug. 28, 2014

Fight the urge to act for action's sake ... Learn a lesson from the unusual practice of blessing smartphones ... Prod, poke, advocate.