Author Archives: Danielle Paulson

05 Jul

Four Critical Components of Executive Presence

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Executive presence is a powerful term, don’t you think? Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t want to be described as having “executive presence?” Aside from sounding impressive, it’s a key competency in organizational leadership – leaders seek it, peers admire it, bosses want their employees to have it. And yet, executive presence is rather

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Influence
31 May

Failure to Influence. Your Fault? Their Fault? Or Default?

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

If there’s one area of leadership where “my way or the highway” just doesn’t work over the long haul, it’s how you choose to engage and influence those on your team and others within your organization—up, down or across. Newer generations are asking why, not just what, and leaders need to equip themselves with tools to negotiate

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22 Mar

You Say Millennial, I Say Multi-Generational

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Labeling generations is all the rage—Traditionalists (born before 1946), Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X’ers (1965-1979), Millennials (1980-2000) and—get this—Generation Z, the post-Millennial group who will be joining the ranks of working professionals within the next few years. Personifying and categorizing each generation has become quite popular. Perhaps it is an attempt to make some sense of

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16 Jan

If Only Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Had Eaten a Slice of Pie

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Almost exactly one year ago, my colleague blogged about the leadership trials and tribulations of several high-profile CEOs and the tough issues facing their organizations. Among them, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Target’s Brian Cornell and Volkswagen’s Martin Winkerhorn. Perhaps one of the most controversial names on the list was that of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.

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05 Oct

It’s Not About You

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

No lie—everyone in my world seems to be dealing with at least one person who’s suddenly acting like a complete jackass. The most recent examples include my 10-year-old’s “best friends” suddenly taking the lead role in “Mean Girls,” resulting in several days of tearful evening conversations; a close business associate of my husband, whom he

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leadership development
18 May

Leadership Development vs. Lead-the-Ship Development

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Dive into our blog vault and you’ll quickly see two clear themes: leadership development and organizational transformation. Traditional leadership development typically focuses on increasing an individual leader’s ability to drive business outcomes. Increasing awareness, closing skill gaps and strengthening critical characteristics are common elements of a leadership development program. The overarching goal lies in helping

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