22 December

Authenticity – One of Your Best Leadership Tools

Steven Levitt, co-author of the best-seller “Freakonomics,” talks about being authentic in a recent video about brands and authenticity. After getting feedback on his personal brand and speaking style, he shares why he will … never wear a tie never stand behind a podium, and continue to be his bumbling self Authenticity – One of…

18 December

What Science Tells Us about Leaders’ Brains

“This is your brain on drugs” public service announcement first appeared in the late 1980s and is one of the top 100 TV ads ever. From “Breaking Bad” to Amanda Bynes, it continues to be relevant in pop culture. But we’ve come a long way from drugs that simply fry our brains. We’ve moved on…

11 December

Get Comfortable with Authentic Self-Promotion

In our society, we’ve institutionalized an acceptable form of boasting. We call it “bragging rights.” We give people permission to brag about real accomplishments. Not surprisingly, bragging rights are most often used with sports achievements. But today, we often see it on social media sites, like LinkedIn. People have begun using their “bragging rights” as…

4 December

The Importance of Managing Expectations

A few years ago, Ally Bank did a series of clever commercials with children. They all demonstrated how powerful and important expectations are and how we manage (or don’t manage) them with customers, employees and each other. The commercial with the pony captures the essence of psychological contracting. What is Psychological Contracting? Social psychologists who…