Less Can Be More

A few weeks ago, this video stood out to me because of Cameron Smith’s reaction to he and Jonas Blixt’s win at the 2017 Zurich Classic. He said nothing—yet he said so much. It’s the power of raw emotion.

It’s amazing how many leaders we work with who put up a shield and don’t share emotion–and should. My role is to empower them to feel confident in showing their emotions—they’re so influential when they do.

As people, we constantly feel like we have to fill the air with words or cover up how we really feel about something, but great communication is all about being consistent. If you feel it, show it! It’s as simple as that. Showing how you feel is your ticket to real authenticity and vulnerability.

Too often, people think they shouldn’t or can’t share their world with others—and that includes their emotions.

There are extremes to this, though. Like, John Boehner.

When I started working in communications, I was coaching a leader who started crying when he was talking about the impact his kids made on him. It was a touching moment, and it’s something I’ll never forget. Even now, I would go above and beyond for him because of his authenticity and the vulnerability that he shared with me on that day.

Who are the people that you feel most connected to? I’m betting that it’s those who share more—because sharing emotion matters. Often, even more than words.

Tail That Wagged The Dog

“Why does a dog wags its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.” I remember in ’97, when the movie ‘Wag the Dog’ came out—it got me thinking about things or people that control things, who really shouldn’t. … Continue reading

It’s Called Humble Confidence

Who would you rather sit next to on an airplane… the I’m-so-great-guy who tells you exactly where to go and what to do – and how he knows all the insider scoop from sports scores to restaurants to books to read, or the guy who offers ideas and suggestions, paired … Continue reading

Three Biggest Mistakes that CEOs Must Fix

Here are the top three mistakes that CEOs make – and how to fix them. Mistake #1 – CEOs Read Speeches Consider the last acceptance speech you heard. The most memorable speakers of the evening are always those who share straight from the heart. What we don’t remember are the … Continue reading

Vulnerability: Make It Personal

“Vulnerability is the only bridge to build connection.” This line from Brene Brown’s TED talk on the power of vulnerability always sticks with me. While the idea of showing vulnerability can raise our blood pressure, it undeniably creates connection with others. Before going any further, I want to admit that … Continue reading

The Authenticity Equation

Authenticity leads to trust, and we can all agree that trust matters. But what exactly does it mean to be an authentic leader? The simplest answer is: be yourself. Sure, that sounds easy, but what if… “What if my most authentic self is just plain bad at communicating with others? … Continue reading

What Does Your Face Say about Your Leadership?

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” We’ve all heard that. But what about the face you present to your colleagues or a potential group of investors? It matters, too. Leadership is not just how we communicate ourselves verbally, but visually. As a leader, your facial expressions can set, or … Continue reading

Avoid Conference Call Hell

Kudos to Tripp and Tyler and the folks at Leadercast for humanizing the Conference Call in Real Life. Even if you have already seen this video, it’s worth watching again because it will make you laugh: With just a few adjustments, you can make your next conference call more efficient. … Continue reading

A Real MVP

Before this week, I only knew Kevin Durant as a prolific NBA scorer and a star from the movie Thunderstruck (a family movie that my boys love). After watching his MVP speech, I now feel differently. You may or may not know (or like) Kevin Durant, but your attitude will … Continue reading

Establishing Executive Presence

The phrase “executive presence” is not new, but it’s gaining traction. I heard it referenced in seven meetings with executives from seven different companies last week, alone. What does it mean? It’s a way to describe confidence. Not to be confused with arrogance, demonstrating executive presence means showing that we … Continue reading