Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It’s Crucial for Career Success

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Modern workplaces are dynamic, and talent abounds as much as competition. However, a distinct quality often sets individuals apart on their journey to success. That quality is executive presence.

Beyond mere charisma or technical prowess, executive presence (EP) involves a unique blend of confidence, gravitas, and effective communication.

The Quintessence of Leadership: Mastering the Art of Communication


In a recent coaching session, a young professional posed a thought-provoking question: “What is the most crucial universal skill for strong leaders?” This query resonates deeply in the realm of leadership development. My immediate response was “communication” – a skill fundamental yet complex, encompassing a range of abilities crucial for effective leadership.

Leading with Love: The Key to Business Success and Emotional Fulfillment

Love might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of effective leadership, but perhaps it should be. It’s a force that binds teams, drives performance, and fills our professional journey with joy and purpose. To me, love isn’t just a part of leadership; it is the very essence of it.

Five Tenets of Building a Strong Team Culture


By focusing on an environment that emphasizes love, communication, talent, service orientation, and discipline, leaders will be paving a solid foundation for organizational success. With these key components in place, any team or organization can be well on its way to cultural greatness.

Where to focus? Try the “Hedgehog Principle”.


Whether you find yourself among the scores of tech workers thinking through your transition, or you’re an executive making difficult choices about your operations, The Hedgehog Principle represent a simple, yet insightful filter to help you make better decisions around where to focus your most valuable resource: time. 

As you climb the ladder, who’s gonna call you out?


With fewer people around us, who do we turn to for a candid assessment of our work? ike many leaders in most organizations at this time of year, you probably find yourself in the midst of year-end performance reviews. But as an ascending leader, you may find yourself without the benefit of honest feedback – few are bold enough to give criticism at this critical time in your career.

A leadership lesson from my 18 year-old son…

I’m the proud father of four sons. Miles is my oldest still in the house, a senior who outperforms academically, while also serving as the captain of the high school wrestling team at 160 lbs. 

He has a certain quiet confidence about him.  His presence is generally calm, yet attentive – taking in his surroundings and being thoughtful when it comes to how he manages circumstances around him. 

Book Review: “The No Asshole Rule”

In “The No Asshole Rule,” author Robert I. Sutton tackles the often overlooked but significant issue of incivility in the workplace. Sutton, a professor of management science at Stanford University, defines an “asshole” as someone who is rude, disrespectful, or aggressive towards others. These individuals can have a detrimental effect on a workplace, creating a toxic culture that can demoralize and demotivate employees.

Does your organization or team need rewiring?

The first time I found myself thinking about the actual physiology of the brain as it relates to leadership was the seminal TED Talk by Simon Sinek, The Golden Circles. In a passing comment, Sinek points out that the brain is organized in a very specific way which impacts the way we process information vs. emotion.

Remembering September 11th, 2001

As you know, today is a day of remembrance for us…our Pearl Harbor…a day as a country, we lost an unspeakable number of people in a short sweep of the hour hand.

It is a particularly meaningful day for me. I was in NYC, working just four short blocks from the World Trade Center on that day. In fact, my daily commute from NJ typically landed me in the lower level of the WTC Path Station.

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