Career

Senior Seminar

Excited to announce my return to TCU’s campus in person this fall for a 4000-level course focused on graduating seniors from the TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication. In both sections of Senior Seminar, I will be sharing how to best prepare to lead in this new work environment as communicators bringing my unique blend of leadership development and strategic communications to the table for these young aspiring…

How can you work smarter?

You may consider letting go of something if you want to keep it simple and work smarter. Today’s #NSCJournalPrompt provides you with a tool that I share with clients. Watch this video and learn about the 4 D’s. Then circle back and tell me how much time you added to your day, your week, your life. Get some time on my books.

You’re Invited: Midyear Goal Calibration & Strategy Mastermind

Visualize this with me: It’s the end of 2022.  Before you celebrate the New Year, you realize that your life looks better than it did, same time last year.  You actually exceeded those goals you set for yourself in life and at work, and you can see the fruits of your labor before you lift your glass at the celebration or thank God at watchnight service. What does…

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…

LMS to sign copies of No Thanks, The Remix at NABJ-NAHJ Convention at Caesar’s Palace

Shout out to all my fellow National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members! I cannot wait to reconnect with you in Las Vegas for the NABJ-NAHJ Convention in August…so many of you that I haven’t seen since Miami Convention in 2018! Be sure to come see me at the NABJ-NAHJ Author’s Showcase where I’ve been invited to sign my book No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just…

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 ➕…

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