Category: Leadership

Management Lessons From Under The Bus

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One ominous day a long, long time ago I got thrown under a bus to the CEO of my company at the time. Me, a pretty low level employee at the time, got blamed for a pretty huge issue. The person that pointed to me was a very senior executive who was looking for a scape goat. Luckily I had a few big time supporters in the inner circle who knew the truth and could set the story straight.

 

I learned one of the greatest management lessons during this really stressful situation – because of the way my manager reacted. She got my side of the story and then fought hard behind the scenes to protect me and my reputation. Wow – what a class act. read more »

How Technology Is Changing The Future of Work

16645379_827e14f0f4Just had the opportunity to provide my view on the the Future of Business when it comes to Human Potential. This blog is written by Lindsey LaManna and originally appeared on SAP Business Innovation.

The internet, social media and mobile technologies are igniting massive changes in business world. These transformations are defining the Future of Business and at the same time, defining the workplace of the future. read more »

Preparing for Social Media Success, Part 2

This blog originally appeard on ASUG Leadership 2.0.

Back in June, I wrote a blog on Prepare for Social Media Success and the importance of building your “social” brand.

In the post, I referenced a story about my very first tweet.  read more »

4 Leadership Lessons from TSW and SAPPHIRE NOW

I just wrapped up a whirlwind couple of weeks of travel that left me a little exhausted but extremely inspired by the great keynotes and great people I had a chance to hear and meet. I wanted to wrap up the 4 simple leadership lessons I heard in my travels:

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Taking the Training Wheels Off – What Grandpop Taught Me About Leadership

When I was a kid, my Grandpop would load me and my bike into the back of his green pickup and drive us to a nearby parking lot so I could practice riding without training wheels. My bike was the coolest – with the purple, sparkly banana seat and it was even cooler once the extra wheels came off. read more »

The Social C-Level – Social Media Impact on Today’s Leaders

I vividly remember sitting in front of my computer a few years back – TweetDeck was up – my first tweet was in the “compose box” and I was getting ready to click send. I was nervous. What would people think, what would they say, what would be the impact? That first tweet was by far the hardest but once I got going it got easy and the power of social media was clear. I started having real conversations with real people – people I normally wouldn’t have access to. read more »

Go Blind or Go Home

There was once an executive who suffered from what I like to call “Selective Blindness Syndrome.”  This may sound like a terrible disorder that could insinuate turning a “blind eye” to issues but, in fact, it is just the opposite.

You see, this executive couldn’t stand the senseless meetings, politics, and hoops that were required to get things done.  So, for certain projects, she decided to bypass the system a bit – she didn’t pay attention to titles, niceties, and, for lack of better terms, the BS.

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Five Leadership Tips to Make your Mama Proud

As a teenager I can vividly remember my mom saying, “You know, Elizabeth, your mother is always right.”  In most case, this phrase followed the lesson that I didn’t want to hear and would immediately trigger a roll of the eyes, a huff and a puff, and a sulk off to my room to chat on the phone with my girlfriends. read more »

Let the Games Begin

I’ve been thinking about this blog for a long time– ok a really long time.  You see, I love having a career, love being a businesswoman.  Even more, I love seeing good people succeed and I’m fascinated by the qualities that make a good leader.

When I began my career many years ago, I was amazed by the business world- the politics, the personalities, the games.  Navigating has been challenging at times but I’ve been fortunate to have a great network of mentors and sponsors who have helped me along the way. read more »