Sue Ritchie

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How to Lead When You’re Feeling Afraid

I’d known Jeff (not his real name) for many years, as a client and as a friend, but I’d never seen him so thrown. I could feel his fear, his sense of uncertainty.<p>And it was with good reason.<p>Jeff was the head of sales for a company whose product was, more or less, impossible to sell.<p>His company, …

Leadership

You Don’t Just Need One Leadership Voice — You Need Many

We often equate developing a leadership voice with finding ways to appear more confident. We assume that our success depends upon mimicking someone else, increasing our self-promotion, or saying things louder than others. But rather than living with imposter’s syndrome, or feeling exhausted by …

Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

I hate meetings. They sit subconsciously in my brain, taking up space. I prepare for them in my notebooks. I travel to them, and then back again, in the middle of my work days. And what do most meetings usually result in? You guessed it — more meetings.<p>When I worked as Director of Leadership …

I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry

My junior year of high school, I entered a creative-writing contest that awarded a significant cash stipend. I faced stiff competition from a number of Ivy League-bound classmates, but I submitted my essay with a reasonable expectation of winning. I am a great writer, a conviction I kept private …

How mindfulness can transform your hellish commute into an oasis

How we commute to work sets the tone for the rest of our day, but for too many of us, it’s a lousy experience filled with rotten smells, honking …

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

How Women Can Develop — and Promote — Their Personal Brand

We all know developing a personal brand is valuable, since a strong reputation can put you on the radar for exciting career opportunities. When your true talents are understood, it’s far more likely you’ll be tapped for relevant and interesting assignments — and it helps you stand out in a field of …

Forget Schmoozing, Here’s How To Get Influential People’s Attention

Small talk and cold emailing will only take you so far, but these five tactics can get you noticed—and remembered—for all the right reasons.<p>You probably know that powerful people receive dozens, if not hundreds, of unsolicited requests every day. And at networking events or speaking engagements, …

Keeping Calm Under Pressure

Posted on 16th March 2018<p>If you’re feeling flustered or put on the spot, triggered by some else’s remark or reaction to you, it’s often impossible to …

Picture a leader

Tina Kiefer, a professor of organisational behaviour at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, fell upon the exercise accidentally, while …

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

Leadership

What You Practice Grows Stronger

While recuperating from spinal fusion surgery at the age of 17, Shauna Shapiro’s life changed: from a healthy, active young woman to one confined to …

Mindfulness

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.<p>Consider a former client of mine who was angling for the C-suite but had received feedback that his …

Self-awareness

How to Be More Productive Without Burning Out

Like many of my classmates, shortly after college, I joined the ranks of a top strategy and management consulting firm. I knew I was signing up for long hours, but the reality of that didn’t really sink until a few months in, when I asked for a vacation day to go to a friend’s wedding. My request …

How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments

“It’s 9:00am, you’re across the table from a colleague who doesn’t like you or the changes you’re proposing, she’s pushing all your hot-buttons and …

Want to Create a New Habit? Start With These 3 Simple Guidelines

How you approach a new habit can dictate your success.<p>They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks--but can you? Much of our work is made up of habits. In fact, one study found that habits account for 40 percent of our daily behavior. Some of these are good ones that keep you productive and …

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Kellogg School

Three Simple Questions This GE Exec Asks To Solve Big, Complex Problems

GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock explains how remaining “carefully uninformed” helps her see the big picture, no matter how complex a challenge becomes.<p>Ignorance isn’t usually rewarded in most work settings. Many of us fear it: Standing up in an important meeting, unsure whether what you’re about to say …

Too scared to speak up? How to be more confident

Above the entrance to Manchester Grammar School lies a coat of arms and a Latin inscription: <i>“Sapere Aude”</i>. Ian Thorpe, then the school’s development officer, translated it for me – “Dare to Be Wise” – as we stood in the front quad on a warm day last July. First used by the Roman poet Horace in his …

Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding …

5 Challenges That Keep New Leaders Awake At Night

Posted on 6th October 2017<p>Establishing your identity and presence as a new leader at any level in the organisational hierarchy can be a …

Relationships

How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience

There’s a meme on the internet, which speaks truth about a dilemma for young people entering the hypercompetitive workforce of 2017. The photo is of two seasoned, older interviewers glaring critically across the table at a young interview candidate with the following words: “We’re looking for …

5 Mantras for a Happier, Calmer, More Confident You

These powerful slogans can help you reprogram your brain think more positively.<p>Can one simple phrase actually make a difference in your life? …

How to Help an Employee Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

If you’ve ever cringed in a meeting when your direct report was talking, you know how tough it can be to watch a team member undermine themselves. Maybe the person is interrupting colleagues too often. Or being condescending, or even combative. No matter the specific behavior, your employee is …

Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Politics is a dirty word. But office politics are unavoidable; as Aristotle noted, “man is by nature a political animal.” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them.<p>To borrow from …

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Deciding On A Leadership Style

To develop a leadership style that’s authentic to you, let it take shape organically, not through intentional curation.<p>First-time managers often ask themselves how to develop a leadership style that suits them: “Who should I model myself after? What kind of leader should I be?” It’s great to think …

10 Questions For Getting To Know Your New Direct Reports Faster

Just get promoted into a managerial role, or take a job where you’re inheriting someone’s team? This can help.<p>When you hire a new team or inherit someone else’s, your first instinct as a manager might be to assess the situation for the best way to move forward–and fast. But if you aren’t careful, …

How Being Unfocused Can Take Your Career To The Next Level

I remember the summer after high school when I broke free of trying to be popular. One moment my whole identity was wrapped up in moving up the social hierarchy. Every thought was focused on how I could look better, hang around with the right people, and go to the right parties.<p>In the next moment, …

Tantrums in Tynemouth

Posted on 11th September 2017<p>A while back we were fortunate enough to be given the use of a rather wonderful house up in the north of England, in a …

This Psychological Study Teaches How To Re-Invent Your Identity, Turn-Back Time, And Hack Your…

In 1981, Langer and a group of graduate students designed the interior of a building to reflect the styles and conditions of the year 1959. Scattered …

Self-improvement