Category Archives: Professionalism

Surviving Friendly Fire: 8 Tips for Dealing with Unfair Criticism

Sooner or later…sooner if you’re in a leadership position…you will get wounded by “friendly fire”— unfair criticism from a boss or colleague. Friendly fire comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it shows up in your annual performance review when … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Conflict, Criticism, Emotions, Fairness, Feedback, Integrity, Leadership, Listening, Management, Professionalism, Relationships, Trust | Tagged , , , , | 26 Comments

3 Warning Signs You’re Leading on Autopilot

I often find myself driving my car on auto-pilot. No, my car doesn’t actually have autopilot (although Tesla is testing one that does!), but I’ll find myself mentally on autopilot. Since the vast majority of time when I drive I’m … Continue reading

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Quit Using Your Personality as an Excuse for Behaving Badly

One of my pet peeves is people who use their personality as an excuse for their behavior. “I can’t help it, that’s just who I am” is the phrase that’s often uttered to rationalize or justify an action, position, or attitude. In some ways … Continue reading

Posted in Personality, Professionalism, Relationships, Responsibility, Teamwork | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Tony Gwynn – 4 Lessons Beyond the Baseball Field

Tony Gwynn passed away today at the young age of 54 after battling salivary gland cancer the last few years. Tony was an inspirational role model to me. It wasn’t so much what he accomplished that inspired me…although his accomplishments … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Loyalty, Professionalism, Sports, Success, Trust | Tagged | 5 Comments

Everyday at Work is a Job Interview – 5 Tips for Demonstrating Your Value

The dress code in my office is business casual, but every once in a while I like to wear a tie. You know…look good, feel good…dress for the job you want, not the job you have…all that good stuff. Actually, … Continue reading

Posted in Brand, Career Growth, Leadership, Professionalism, Success | 16 Comments