It’s complacency, lack of courage, and fear that keep us stuck where we are Start taking small steps towards the life you want.  Talk to a friend in another department about a transfer.  Invite a new colleague to join you for lunch. Ask the waiter to take the burnt lamb chop back to the kitchen for the rare one as you requested. Small steps lead to larger steps.  Courage builds up over time, especially when your courage has positive results….

My client, Jake Kincaid, headed a pharmaceuticals firm in Japan when I worked as his consultant on workplace issues. He wanted to implement cost-cutting measures, and he told me he couldn’t understand the Japanese people who worked for him. The company’s employees were resisting change, he said. He couldn’t get them to fully implement cost-cutting measures. How come? Jake had overheard a group of employees complaining about his full time driver and limousine—one of the perks of his job. The…

When I hear that someone is a good networker, the image that pops up for me is not a positive one. For me, these “networkers” run around trying to meet as many people as they can. They pass out their name card to anyone who has their hand out. I see people losing their integrity at these “networking events. There are too many of  those “conversations where people  look right through you  to see if they can find someone “more…

Ken Sato, my new client, [not his real name] sat right across from me, looked me straight in the eye and  told me, “work’s got to be better than this.” Most people would think Ken had it made.  He was only 37 and had what most people would call success.  We were sitting on $1,000 chairs around a huge mahogany table in the executive board room on the 39th floor of one of Tokyo’s newest skyscrapers.  But Ken, the  president…

You’ve seen hundreds of presentations. Me too. I’ve seen good ones, great ones and a lot of bad ones. I wish it were different. There are times when I sit  in the audience, and think, “didn’t this person have any training or any practice before this presentation?” Maybe the answer is yes, but sometimes it’s hard to tell. We’d all like to see and give  better presentations.   If you want to get better, make a list of what works and…