Author: Courtney Barnes

Looking for a Promotion? Try These Five Hacks to Proactively Plan and Position Yourself

Several years ago, I attended a luncheon on the politics of promotion. The most impactful part of the presentation was a story by a participant, Cathy, who described how she actively participated in her own promotion. All too often, we hear about women who “keep their head down,” do great work, and expect their work […]

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Bandwidth

Failing to manage bandwidth impacts everything, especially the ability to optimize performance in a wired world. To keep their head above water and juggle multiple balls and demands, leaders must cultivate the ability to focus their time, energy, and attention on what matters most. We hope this resource will help you develop awareness and craft a […]

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Why Even the Most Capable Leaders Fail, and How to Level Up Your Potential

After six months of executive coaching, my rockstar client was ready and eagerly anticipating her next role. Unfortunately, she had one thing holding her back. Her talented second-in-command wasn’t ready. Since my client’s promotion hinged on her successor’s ability to step up, she had been giving her successor substantial feedback and exposure. But some things […]

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Digital Divide 2020: The New Digital Divide Will Be About EQ, Not Access

Look around, and you’ll see some people are thriving. They are embracing challenges and delivering epic results on daily basis. But you’ll also find a lot of people floundering–distracted, overwhelmed, and underperforming. So, what’s the difference? I would argue that what you’re witnessing is the new digital divide. The digital divide of 2000 was about […]

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Latent Stress: What It Is, What It Might Be Costing You, and Five Hacks to Get It Under Control

For many of us, stress is the new normal. We’ve become so accustomed to the hyper-vigilance of being always on, overextended, and in sprint mode that we often don’t realize the toll stress is taking on us, our energy, our happiness, and our ability to be present. If you’re in any doubt that stress is […]

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Find Friends at Work: The Unexpected Benefits of Workplace Friendship

Most of us have friends who we rarely see and yet, when we do, find the encounter to be downright awesome.  I recently reconnected with just such a friend and was surprised at just how powerful our connection was after all these years. Scott and I met in graduate school in 1998. With the flexibility […]

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This Scheduling Hack Will Make You Happier, More Productive, and More Impactful

Most accomplished individuals became successful by pushing themselves to the limit. To be successful is to know what it means to stretch yourself and challenge your assumptions. I know it, I’ve lived it, and I see it in the vast majority of my clients. But what if doing more means planning to do less? It […]

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Outstanding Decision Making Is a Work in Progress

Most people agree that the best leaders know how to make difficult decisions, under pressure and even when it means going against the crowd. What many people don’t appreciate is that how leaders make decision early on in their careers is typically very different than how they make decisions as they assume greater levels of […]

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