Internal turbulence hampered the Jets

For Super Bowl week, here's a cautionary tale of how tricky it is to lead a team to victory. In 2011, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan lacked the same familiarity running an offense as he did guiding the defense. As a result, he delegated—a bit too much.  Read More.


The question always seems to come up, whether it's at a party, a conference, or just chatting with co-workers: "Read any good books lately?" More and more of us are having trouble answering this question, but if you want to appear credible and intelligent, you might want to always have a fallback answer ready to go. Even if you really haven't turned the pages for a while, fix one favorite title from your recent past in your mind and trot it out when you need to. Making excuses or saying you "don't read much these days" doesn't leave the best impression ...


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

There's no excuse for just staring at the wall

Q. I’m bored. Seven years is probably too long to stay here as a manager, but I’m not going anywhere. This place is two miles from my house, the people are fine and the pay is steady in a highly stable industry (property/casualty insurance). Were you ever bored? If so, what did you do?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Authentic Persuasion: How to Pitch Anything to Anyone

Persuasion is an art. If you push too hard, you will risk being aggressive. If you nudge too lightly, you may turn into a pest. Persuading others is pretty easy when you understand the 4-point formula for success. Authentic Persuasion: How to Pitch Anything to Anyone will guide you to success. Watch it now

Kevin Eikenberry

Remarkable Leadership with Kevin

The Meaning of the Word

I love words. They are at the foundation of our ability to communicate, and they are a significant part of my life, both spoken and as a writer. As a leadership consultant, trainer and coach, I spend much of my time trying to understand the words of others and use words effectively to help them see my perspective. Words are just as important in my role as a leader — and I would say the same is true for you. Given that, let me share an observation I’ve had about a specific word, and how instructive it might be (both specifically to this word and more broadly as a communicator) for you.

Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs

No = success Yes = happiness

That simple formula is the key to success and happiness.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Negotiation Coach

Moving from 'should' to 'could'

Q: During a private conversation with a friend who works in my industry, I learned confidential information that will put my small company at risk of considerable loss if it reaches agreement in an ongoing negotiation with another small company. What should I do?

Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Ask the Workplace Coach

When you want an interview, and you're willing to pester them for it

Q: “My parents and I disagree about how I should follow up on job applications. They feel that after I have sent in a résumé, I should call the company and request an interview. I’ve tried to explain that employers don’t want phone calls, and verbal communication isn’t required in the age of technology. However, based on their years of work experience, my parents insist that personal contact is the best way to stand out from the crowd. Who is correct?” Son Against Parents

6 tips to wow your workforce

Jan. 30, 2015

You've just stepped into a leadership position and all eyes are on you. Here are the first moves you need to make.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 115

Jan. 29, 2015

Beware travel burnout ... Check your Who’s Who of boomers ... Alert your team to project traps.

You can learn to get a grip

Jan. 27, 2015

As a leader, you want to stay cool in a crisis, but overthinking is still the classic way to choke—a way known all too well by professional athletes. You can go from being hamstrung by fear to being impelled by it, but it takes work.

Culture is the key to success

Jan. 27, 2015

After decades working as an architect and senior executive at large firms, Stan Hathaway formed strong opinions about the right and wrong way to manage people. Now he has a chance to apply what he’s learned.