September 2015

It (Still) Stinks to be a Woman in Corporate

McKinsey, in conjunction with Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org (She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook), has just released a new analysis quantifying the progress of women in corporate America. On the current pace of female advancement in industry, the U.S. will have 250 women as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies 100 years from today. The analysis [...]

How to Make a First or Lasting Impression

If you want to make an impressive first impression with someone, show them how smart, brilliant, and accomplished you are. Share with them your resume, income, and job title. If you want to make a lasting impression, treat them with kindness. I have met hundreds of very accomplished, wicked smart, and talented people over the [...]

The Gift of Failure

“Failure” always has a gift. The gift is an opportunity to learn a lesson. The challenge with failure is it feels just awful. And when you feel awful, you’re hardly in the mood to learn. But this is a mistake. You’ve just paid your emotional tuition. The lesson is sitting right in front of you [...]

The Curse of Success

Success teaches you virtually nothing. The real learning comes from the the micro and macro “failures” (I prefer the term feedback opportunities) that preceded the success. Success can be a curse. This occurs when you mistakenly conclude you have nothing else to learn. I see this with some new Ivy League graduates. I see this [...]