Is it possible for you to be a good boss and, at the same time, underperform as a leader in your organization? That was the dilemma facing Peter,* a coaching client who served as a manager in the financial services industry. Peter had the respect of his functional team, which was known for reliable, consistent performance.
Videoconferencing, emails, and chat messages fall flat by their very nature. Leaders must take intentional steps to replicate the important connections and informal interactions of the in-person office in a remote workplace. Last fall at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the group, “Video meetings are more transactional.” Nadella would know—Microsoft
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus a global pandemic. Within days, employers across the world sent workers home to work remotely. Soon after that, a Gartner survey of top executives showed that roughly half of their organizations had more than 80 percent of their employees working from
Use this hockey lesson to remain focused amidst distractions. If you’re struggling to stay focused throughout this pandemic, you’re not alone—it’s a recurring theme for workers across organizations and industries. There are countless distractions every day as coronavirus concerns, economic uncertainties, and social unrest compound the challenges of working from home with partners, pets, and children.
While 2020 draws to a close, one prevailing sentiment is, “Good riddance.” As a leader, you may be growing restless to wrap up this year and move forward to a better year in 2021 (whatever that means). Not so fast, I say. Don’t overlook the opportunity to discover meaning from a year that no one anticipated,
Strengthening your self-leadership skills will not only make you a better team leader—it will also empower you to face the stress and distractions of a historic crisis with energy and insight. I will never forget March 9, 2020. The morning started off like any other day on the road for me. I left a client meeting
Of all the skills leaders need to be successful, active listening may be the most overlooked and underrated. Active listening has become even more vital during the global pandemic, as many organizations work in a remote environment. As a result, substantial communication has shifted to virtual platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. While meeting virtually may
Effectively leading remote teams is now—and forever will be—an essential leadership competency. March 2020 will always be remembered as the month when the coronavirus pandemic began to escalate in the United States. Professional and college sports paused, many businesses closed their doors, and organizations sent millions of workers home to work remotely. A Gartner survey showed
Who is the person most responsible for your career success? It’s you! It’s imperative to take ownership of your career trajectory. You need to care more about your career advancement than anyone else. This was true prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s even more true now as we face continued uncertainty during the
There are career risks for accounting and finance professionals who forget to develop emotional intelligence alongside technology skills. Upskilling is on a rapid ascent in Google search trends and as a hashtag on social media platforms. The concept is gaining traction in the accounting industry after PwC announced its commitment to spend $3 billion on upskilling