Career

Are you trying to do too much?

  Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, sometimes it can be draining and produce a small return. Are you trying to do too much? It could be what’s slowing you down. In today’s #NSCRockstarLeadership Tip, I give one example of how keeping it simple meant working smarter. These small yet smart actions allowed one of my mentor coaches to launch one an extremely successful practice in a short…

When it feels like they are coming for you…

Are you facing a challenging time at work? If a toxic boss or culture is closing in on you, there is hope; however, it is up to you to seek it. Hope comes in the form of opportunity. According to applied positive psychology, hope fuels goal setting. So it’s important to have a vision for your life and work–a reason to look forward.When times get tough, refocus on…

Build a relationship and their criticism will soften

We had a saying in corporate communications when it came to reputation management… sometimes you have to simply aim for fair and balanced because there may not be any winning. It’s especially true for your critics. But what if you could change that? Considering your interpersonal relationships: Have you learned that someone who actually has some meaningful impact on your career had something negative to say about you?…

Lyric Opera Chicago Taps NSC Coaching

It is rare that I post new business wins with organizations, but this one is pretty special and uncovers some work that I’ve been doing for some time in this industry, but never at this scale. Recently, I joined forces with @Lyric Opera Chicago to kick off an integrated engagement which blends, individual and group coaching, consulting, workshops and brainstorming to primarily assist their development teams and DE&I…

L Michelle Smith Decoded

  Ever wonder what the secret code is to break into the executive level at top tech companies? Unlock the answer at this year’s Decoded cohort, presented by the Executive Leadership Council The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and sponsored by Google. I’m glad to return as one of their elite, certified executive and personal coaches. Last year, I witnessed first hand, five incredible leaders grow their leadership abilities and…

How do you remove the sting of formal feedback?

Consider that written feedback seems to be more piercing than the spoken kind. We can stare at it, revisit it. It seems more permanent and carries more lasting impact. It seers into our psyche. Try not to give negative feedback the entirety of your attention especially if you have glowing and more neutral feedback to consider. Let’s do some math: ➕ Count the number of positive statements ➕…

UNT Honors LMS

It’s incredible to be recognized by a university you’ve never actually attended, but I have employed their graduates over the years and contributed as a keynote speaker at conferences on campus and as a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas. So it is an honor to receive the UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism Career Service Recognition Award next week, honoring my contributions…

How to beat the guilt

Someone asks you to do something for them, and you feel the pressure. If that person outranks you, you may automatically drop everything and move. But is that productive? Healthy? It is no secret that generally, women tend to put others before themselves. It seems we are hardwired that way in most cases…there are exceptions. Today, ask yourself, “What do I need to say to myself to give…

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