Articles by Mary Lee Gannon

How To

3 questions to help eradicate conflict in the workplace

When I see conflict, it often relates to turf. People retreat to protect their territory. After all, change means giving up something — right? Not always.

Success

When it’s out of your control, trust the coping strategy of a master

When we look outside ourselves for acceptance and don’t find it we reach for a lever of hope. Here is how to deal when they are out of your control.

Interview

Don’t make this mistake when they call for the interview

Recently a client told me of a firing squad interview experience that warrants a share and checklist.

Leadership

8 success practices for the new leader in the high stakes corporate world

It starts with being mindful of your thoughts.

How To

7 tips to find the right industry and position for your next career move

Don’t have an accidental life or career. Often more planning goes into a summer vacation than a 40-year career or 90-year life. Spend purposeful time creating an actionable plan for your next career move and you can trade the treadmill to nowhere for fulfillment.

Coworkers

6 things to do when someone is jealous of you at work

It is your job to get along with this person in a productive manner.

Productivity

Here’s a practice to have the certainty essential for you

I see a lot of my corporate executive coaching clients struggle with the balance of certainty and humility as a leader. They want to have the presence of a strong leader yet they don’t want to appear arrogant or they have some self-doubt. Too often they dial back their executive presence as well as their voice. Here is a good strategy.

Office Culture

8 killer ground rules for meetings that make people compete to be there

We’ve all been in meetings where we check our watches. Our time is valuable. A well-run meeting makes people feel they are a part of progress – not process.

How To

5 tips for when you dread a difficult conversation with an employee

Remind them, it's not personal.

Meetings

How to keep your cool when someone threatens you at a meeting

Have you ever been in a high stakes meeting or in a conversation where someone challenges your position and you immediately start to feel the world closing in on you? Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl describes that moment this way: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Productivity

Stop putting your dreams on sale: How to eliminate procrastination

Procrastination is simply you not thinking fulfillment is possible.

Success

This is the key to narrow the gap in the equation of career happiness

Throughout my years as an executive coach I have seen people triumph over immense hardship while others falter over minutiae. I’ve seen a sense of urgency spearhead achievement while chronic victimization hamstring progress. I’ve been party to personal transformations because people risk vulnerability with great courage and I’ve seen stagnation be the end-product of complaining about unmet expectations. Most often the underachievers carry self-doubt that they don’t know how to convert to confidence.

Office Life

3 ways to manage up when you have a bad boss

One of the tests of being a leader is knowing how to navigate a boss who doesn’t score highly as a leader him/herself.

Leadership

The 7 deadly sins leaders commit that hold them back

This Seven Deadly Sins is a group of vices within religious teachings that are known as excessive versions of one's natural aptitudes. Though identified by desert fathers in the third century as passions one needed to overcome, these shortcomings have relevance in today’s work environment.

Confidence

The dos and don’ts of executive presence when the pressure is on

When you are in that high-stakes meeting, sales presentation, interaction, or conflict your executive presence is both emotional and physiological. Your thoughts race and your heart rate escalates. People watch you. How do you execute when the pressure is on?

Job search

13 questions you need to answer before the interview

Before you spend time preparing to answer difficult interview questions here are some questions to ask yourself. If you can answer these questions you will better be able to position your signature strengths in alignment with the company’s goals.

Leadership

5 ways to establish a strong leadership brand

Brand does not merely apply to commodities such as soda and automobiles. It applies to services, people and leadership.

Job search

The 5 biggest mistakes people make when looking for a new job

Slow down, take your time, and avoid these five not-so-common mistakes during your next job search.

Levelling Up

8 signs you have reached the glass ceiling in your company

Once you agree that these scenarios have occurred it becomes apparent that they may have been identified as “not executive material” and that a strategy is needed to ascend the plateau.

Job Search

Top questions you should ask during an interview to raise eyebrows

Your main goal is to put down all the red flags.

Leadership

10 ways you are killing your executive presence

Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed?

Productivity

How to manage up when you have a bad boss

One of the tests of being a leader is knowing how to navigate a boss who doesn’t score highly as a leader themselves. Here's the best way to do that.

Advice

8 tips for when you fear age bias in the workplace

Organizations send older people they have stereotyped subliminal messages of disapproval that lower their confidence and depletes their self-esteem, creating doubt in their worth. Don't let age bias become a self-fulfilling prophecy.