Executive presence – how exceptional leaders project emotional intelligence

Executive Presence is that hard-to-define, but immediately recognizable quality that makes certain leaders stand-out – often by their mere presence. It’s far more than image. Image is one component, but not the primary one. It has little to do with content or technical knowledge, and it has everything to do with communications, leadership, authenticity and […]

The Hillary Paradox

Leadership traits, personality types, and gender perception Hillary Clinton has, for the better part of 25 years, been the subject of fairly widespread and unrelenting criticism – recently verging on demonization and, increasingly – outright hatred. She has been accused of being dishonest, unethical and even engaging in illegal actions. She has been investigated numerous […]

Do Introverts really “need to speak-up”?

“Introverts need to speak-up” was a comment in a recent discussion about why a large percentage of leaders are extroverts. Before we dive in to the ‘speak-up’ admonishment, it’s helpful to understand that introversion is different from shyness. It’s all about where you get your energy. Extroverts thrive on external stimulation, and generally become more […]

The other side of fear

” Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair   Fear is a signal that you are venturing into new territory, taking a chance, moving out of your comfort zone. Working through the fear is the only way to get to the ‘other side’. Fear is the unnamed barrier […]

Eccentrics color outside the lines and use all the colors!

Visionary entrepreneurs and innovators [eccentrics] see possibilities and patterns that few others do. Highly intelligent, intuitive and sensitive to sensory input, they collect data and store it without always being conscious of it. New information is then connected to the stored data to form a picture that develops over time. The tendency to ‘think out […]

The way to get started…

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”            - Walt Disney  Q: What most differentiates an entrepreneur from other bright, innovative people? A: The drive to put ideas into action without undue hesitation or over-analysis. This doesn’t mean they don’t gather and analyze info or strategize […]

Blessed are the other ‘weird people’ – visionary entrepreneurs

  And blessed are the other ‘weird people’ – the visionary entrepreneurs – for they persevere against tremendous odds to teach us to ‘see their vision through our eyes.” The major challenge: Entrepreneurs are required to boil-down, simplify and communicate – - an often abstract and complex vision – - in business terms – in […]

You have to go down the chute . . .

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it.   You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey One primary attribute of entrepreneurs is the ability to ACT without hesitation. Not that entrepreneurs don’t think, analyze and run risk/benefits in their heads. But they tend not to overthink […]

Do not fear to be eccentric

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell While blind faith in our intuition is risky, it’s a far greater risk to listen to the opinions of the great majority of advisers, who have been trained to look for the downside. They collect stories […]

Clear sailing to reach your goals . . .

90% of Success is Consistent Execution Think of your goals as the destination –  which is over the horizon and out of your direct line of vision. Think of your action plan as the map you use to continuously ‘tack’ and course-correct to reach your destination. You wouldn’t think of embarking on a journey into […]

Courage is to trust as trust is to _______?

“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” – Simon Sinek

Leadership – nature or nurture?

Leadership potential is obvious in some early-career employees. For others, learning positive leadership behaviors is a longer – and more painful – journey. And then there are the mature leaders whose behaviors make others question just how they got there. How much does behavioral ‘wiring’ contribute to leadership potential? And how much does landing in […]

FEAR – Banish It!

Axioms for Eccentrics 1 – Banish Fear    Fear is a creeping, damp darkness that slowly strangles your optimism, passion and innovation. It paralyzes your creativity and your ability to make wise, centered decisions. It stifles your joy.   When fear rules for very long,  your business is standing on the cliff with one foot over […]