Bev's Blog

Tue, May 20, 2014 9:01 am

A question I often hear from coaching clients is, "How do I get executive presence?" The question is tricky because "executive presence" isn't easily defined. Sure, there's widespread agreement that leaders need it and great leaders have it. But it's not so simple to deconstruct the elements.

Your definition may be based on a leader you actually know, who has great presence.  Someone who exudes confidence and energy, and who attracts other people like a magnet.

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 8:07 am
Do you know how to run a committee in a way that gets thing done? Or to direct a work group when you don't really have a boss's authority?
Much of the work getting done in today's organizations comes from fostering collaboration among people whose goals aren't quite the same. But whether you're brainstorming a startup with entrepreneurial pals, or serving as counsel to a blue ribbon panel, leading folks who don't report to you can be frustrating.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 8:27 am
Are you thinking about a launching a new career, but don't know where to start? Then here's good news. Acclaimed journalist Kerry Hannon has just released a revised paperback edition of her book, "What's Next? – Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond."
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 8:13 am

As I waited in a post office line, I watched the clerk. She looked to be so deep into the doldrums that she could barely hear her customers. It seemed that, when she finally took in a request, she'd move in slow motion, lethargically searching through stacks of paper with her eyes half closed and her mouth half open.

As the minutes ticked on, I became annoyed. Then I thought, "Oh, I'd hate to have her job."  So I was feeling more empathetic when it was finally my turn. By then, nobody was behind me in line, so I engaged her in conversation.

Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:26 am
I love sitting in a train compartment, sipping a glass of wine and glancing at the scenery as we read or chat. So a while back I felt mellow, as my husband and I rode the Amtrak Capitol Limited from Washington to Chicago.
We sat reading in bed as the train traveled through Pennsylvania. Along the way, I was reminded that the Keystone State was the adopted home of one of our most intriguing Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.