Archive for DanaTheus SmartBlogs

If you’ve been playing the in leadership space for more than a few minutes on Google, you know that one of the old saws about what makes a great leader is that it’s a fuzzy idea called “character.”

Don’t get me wrong, I happen to agree with that old saw, but it isn’t very informative in my work helping aspiring leaders actually learn to lead.[…] Continue Reading »

I love the strengths-based leadership approach. It challenges us to know what our natural gifts are and build on them. But if we’re not careful it can make us blind to our opportunities to improve.

I recently worked with a vice president who was an up-and-comer in her firm’s global division. She was the “go-to” person on technical issues relating to Asian markets, and she was intentionally developing her leadership style to incorporate coach, mentor and develop others in the company to work effectively with foreign partners.[…] Continue Reading »

My son is 21 and in his second year of a summer office internship. He’s working hard, getting good reviews and privately developing a chip on his shoulder because he believes all us old people think millennial workers (roughly ages 18 to 30) are lazy and too full of themselves.

I thought he was just being overly sensitive until I started to see the anti-millennial posts pop up on my feed recently.[…] Continue Reading »

Research into why some people make it into executive leadership, and some people don’t, has illuminated an interesting phenomenon. It turns that that while mentors talk to you, helping you work more effectively in the corporate culture, sponsors talk about you in positive ways — mentioning you for a plum job behind closed doors or pointing out great work you did to a person who can help you advance.[…] Continue Reading »

Happy Equal Pay Day!

Seriously, there is such a thing as equal pay day, and it’s today, April 8.

What’s going on with equal pay anyway? Isn’t it a thing of the past since women have achieved relative parity in the workforce?

Well, no. Despite the fact that women make up half the entry-level workforce, they do not yet represent half of the leadership tiers and they do not receive equal pay for equal work.[…] Continue Reading »