Ideas & Advice

People Can Work or They Can Attend Meetings; They Cannot Do Both!

by John Keyser This is a quote by Dan Altobello, a highly successful and insightful business executive. I chuckled when I heard Dan say this because his timing could not have been better. Another very accomplished CEO had just asked me to try to help his company have fewer meetings....
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Grace in the Workplace

by John Keyser I am taken by a friend’s comment earlier this week about grace in the workplace. Grace as a noun means elegance, and as a verb, we grace others with our presence. Certainly grace in the workplace is many things – our good behavior, respect, honor, integrity and...
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Always Be 15 Minutes Early

by John Keyser Years ago, I read a quote, “The secret to my success is that I always try to be 15 minutes early.” I thought about that, and it seemed to make a lot of sense. So I typed that on a small card and put it in my...
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Being a Good Boss and a Highly-Effective Leader

by John Keyser Surveys reveal that more than half of the people working in business do not feel: Appreciated Heard, that their ideas matter That they have a productive working relationship with their boss Fully engaged or aligned And in my work as a leadership consultant and coach, it sure...
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Making Time for Conversations Matters!

by John Keyser Many people in the past week have provided me with appreciative feedback about my recent Ideas & Advice post. I wrote about a friend who has joined a new company in an important position. During his first number of months, he has emphasized having conversations with people...
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Hats Off to a Highly-Effective Leader

by John Keyser I’m excited. I met with a great leader today, and I am now sitting on a train reflecting about her principles. I just decided to write about our conversation. I think many of my readers will admire how she views her responsibility as a leader. For context,...
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Inner Confidence Coupled with Humility

by John Keyser The critical subject of inner confidence comes up often in my leadership-coaching practice.  Possessing inner confidence is so helpful, and lacking it is so limiting. Let’s examine what we mean by “inner confidence.” It’s certainly not cockiness.  It’s just the opposite. In fact, inner confidence enables us...
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Attitude Is Everything

by John Keyser I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a book signing and discussion by Ashley Merryman last week. She is the co-author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Ashley began her discussion by singing both parts of the duet from a song, “Anything You Can...
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Emotional Intelligence Predicts True Leadership

by John Keyser I read a recent article from BloombergBusinessweek forwarded to me by Christina Kposowa, an extremely capable public relations professional here in D.C. I am so glad she sent it along as it is music to my ears. The article, titled “Want an MBA From Yale? You’re Going...
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