Sarah’s Take on the EP Buzz Within Corporate America

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August 26, 2014
Sarah’s Take on the EP Buzz Within Corporate America

For years I’ve worked with many multi-national corporations to offer professional development seminars and private executive presence coaching, and the experience teaches me a great deal. I have learned a lot within the past few months, too, as more and more companies and leaders are appreciating the importance of executive presence. Substance vs. Superficiality For…

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Shopping for the Magic Pill for Fast Promotion?

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July 29, 2014
Shopping for the Magic Pill for Fast Promotion?

I have watched many smart and talented people get nowhere because they spent their most critical “prime time” looking for some easy fix. But there is no cakewalk to greatness. Exit the Comfort Zone It’s easy to rationalize, “I can’t afford to hire a private coach” or “I need to wait until I have a…

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Acquiring the Emotional Intelligence of Executive Presence

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July 8, 2014
Acquiring the Emotional Intelligence of Executive Presence

Emotional intelligence is basically measured by taking an inventory of your genuinely empathic people skills. Do you know how to accurately interpret body language or consistently engage audiences when making a presentation or giving a speech? Are you poised under pressure, controlling your own mindset and range of emotions? Does walking into the board room…

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Executive Presence: A Learnable Skill You Must Not Underestimate!

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July 7, 2014
Executive Presence: A Learnable Skill You Must Not Underestimate!

As pointed out in an article from Business Insider, executive presence is ranked as a top attribute sought after by organizations looking for first-class leadership. The article cited research conducted by the Gartner firm that ranked executive presence #2 on a list of the top 20 leadership traits that make a difference. Technology skills –…

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Supercharge Your HR Career

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July 1, 2014
Supercharge Your HR Career

I was inspired to write this blog post after attending the recent SHRM-Atlanta Conference 2014 where I heard Tom Darrow, SPHR from Talent Connections, speak to a standing-room-only audience. His topic was Managing Your Career in HR, and his presentation reminded me of the early years of my career with Federated Department Stores, when I…

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Illuminate Your Executive Presence Blind Spots

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June 24, 2014
Illuminate Your Executive Presence Blind Spots

Around this time of year luxury automobile brands begin to roll out previews of next year’s models, touting their innovations and amenities. One of the features getting attention these days is technology that helps identify other vehicles that may be hidden in your blind spot. Automotive engineers have figured out ways to use radar to…

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Look and Act the Part You Want

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June 17, 2014
Look and Act the Part You Want

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy, a major think tank based in New York, one of the keys to executive presence is to act the part. The research found that those who demonstrate perceptible executive presence act confident, decisive, assertive, and strategic. Does that sound like you? Go from…

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Getting Real About Career Success

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June 10, 2014
Getting Real About Career Success

A few years back I was asked by a large corporation to coach one of their up-and-coming executives so she would be ready to step into a bigger leadership role. At first she was very excited about the opportunity. We mapped out a strategy for defining her brand and aligning it with her company’s brand…

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Are you a Reactive or Proactive Leader?

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May 20, 2014
Are you a Reactive or Proactive Leader?

Reactivity is one of the most difficult but most common challenges faced by those who have the qualities of a natural leader. What I mean by REACTION is that they act from a place of spontaneous emotion. More effective leaders will instead weigh the situation and RESPOND thoughtfully, intentionally, and in a way that is…

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