Thought Leadership

What I Wish I Had Known Before Starting my Own Business

As my two-year anniversary of starting my own business passed, I took some time to reflect on what I learned.  Having done the b-school thing, and the corporate gigs in a variety of industries and functional areas, the last two years have far surpassed any learning in...

Model the Change You Want to See

In my collaboration with women in leadership, I find that we wrestle with our own tough expectations, and projecting those expectations on others.  We often ask the rhetorical question – why can’t this person just change?  It could be an attitude tweak, an adjustment...

Women’s Wellness Strategies

At Pivot Point, we believe that wellness is defined as our ability to make conscious choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.  Based on our research with every day women leaders and women in business, we have summarized our findings for women looking for ideas...

Recognize What You Want to See Again

 One of the most important tasks as a leader is to motivate their team.  Different team members are motivated by different things.  Some like public recognition, others prefer private praise, and some need it more, and some need it less.  As humans, I would argue that...

Positive Affirmations that Work at Work

“I am good enough.  I am smart enough, and dog gone it, people like me!”  Unfortunately for many leaders, the word “affirmations” conjures up memories of the Stuart Smalley segment on Saturday Night Live.  Although, Stuart proclaims these statements, you get the sense...

Stand Out as a Leader with Emotional Intelligence

The way we are wired impacts our leadership style.  While I am not a neuroscientist, knowing the basics of our brains’ wiring is a huge differentiator for leaders. Leaders feel the pain of the emotional intelligence, or lack thereof, on their teams.  They need to lead...

Manage Conflict: Demand Debate

Who enjoys the “tough talk” with a peer, team, or direct report?  Chances are, it’s a dreaded conversation.  Perhaps even one that is procrastinated, hoping the conflict will just go away. Yet, often I find with leaders, that when they have the “tough talk,” it goes...

Replace Feedback with Guidance, and You Will Get Better Results

The word feedback creates fear.  It creates a feeling in the pit of our stomachs, followed by an overly emotional anxiety.  Merely hearing the word makes it hard to hear the words that follow. Imagine this scenario, someone pulls you aside, and asks, “Can I give you...

Delegating to Empower Others

Delegation, a skill that seems insurmountable as a leader, yet is essential for a leader to manage time effectively.  I often remind leaders in my workshops that the leader’s labor costs are likely the highest of the team.  As a leader, we are paid higher wages for...

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