Jo Miller

4 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You About Advancing Your Career

A vice president of a financial company once told me, “Make a plan—or someone else will

The Perfect Come-back to Matt Lauer’s Dumb, Sexist, Interview Question

On Thursday, Today Show host Matt Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra this question about her

Know Your Niche: 5 Leadership Quotes about Finding Your Career Sweet Spot

Have you ever asked yourself “What’s my career superpower?” Okay, maybe not, but before you roll

6 Secrets of Women Who Get Promoted (Slideshow)

Are you capable of more than the job you are doing today? Here are 6 things

8 Ways to Stay Motivated and Engaged (Slideshow)

We’ve all had days where we felt crushed by our workload. Here are eight ways to

When to Say No to Stretch Assignments

If you’re like most professionals, you’ll eventually reach a point in your career when you realize

4 Ways to Quickly Build Influence at a New Job

Congratulations. You got the job! Now the real challenge begins: hitting the ground running. I once interviewed

Influencing Upward: How to “Lead Your Leaders”

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you just can’t get through

4 Ways To Lead In A Meeting When You’re Not The Meeting Leader

If you view meetings as a necessary evil to suffer through, you might be missing out

Ask an Exec: 4 Ways to Advance Your Career

“What are those gaps between expectation and performance, and how can women overcome them to advance

Are You On Fire… Or Burned Out? What Top Leaders Do to Stay Motivated at Work

It happens to all of us at some point: a slight dip in motivation, a troubling

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Office Politics

Office politics. Cliques. Hierarchies. Alignments. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t do business without ‘em. But what

Ask An Exec: Winning at the Game of Office Politics

Office politics is a game that can be difficult to win, but if you want to

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

Imagine if you had the opportunity to sit down with a senior executive and get the

Tips for Getting to the Top Floor – 3 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Elevator Pitch

Is your elevator pitch elevating your career all the way to the top? Or is it

Want to be more strategic? Here are 6 questions to ask yourself.

Have you ever been told that you need to be less tactical? If you moved a

Ask an Exec: 3 Components of a Good Strategy

What’s the most challenging career transition for any up-and-coming leader to make? Without a doubt, it

How to Build Your Brand as an Emerging Leader: Free Four-Part Video Series

Are you the best kept secret in your organization? Don’t be! In our new free four-part

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

In case you didn’t get a chance to browse the blog in the past month, here

Are You Climbing a Ladder – Or a Lattice? The Surprising Answers from Three Women Leaders

When it comes to moving forward in your career, there are two divergent paths: the ladder

Nancy’s Kickass Response to the Salary Question

When you’re interviewing for a new job it’s all but inevitable that you’ll need to answer

Leaderly Quote: Find a need and take the lead.

In last month’s webinar I had the pleasure of interviewing two amazing leaders, Nina Bhatti who

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

I am in the difficult situation of being unofficial project lead, responsible for team performance to

The Rules of the Game: Pay Attention to Office Politics If You Want to Win the Corner Office

Have you ever wondered if playing the game of office politics is necessary to be successful?

Demographic Shifts: Why Now is the Time to Raise Your Hand for Management Responsibilities

Feel that? It could be one of the many seismic demographic shifts taking place in the

Leaderly Quote: Lean in, lead on, kick butt and take names!

Here at Be Leaderly, we don’t believe in leaning in. We believe you should lean in,

The Useful Trick for Finding a Mentor Outside Your Network

I was facilitating a leadership workshop recently when the subject of mentors came up. One participant

Leaderly Quote: Opportunity does not come gift-wrapped. You must take risks.

Want to be excited to come to work on Monday morning? Nina Bhatti has a suggestion

Leaderly Quote: If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair.

According to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research, only 19% of angel investors

Leaderly Quote: Take the lead. Lift others up as you climb.

At Be Leaderly, our mission is a simple one: To provide proven career strategies that help

Calling All Angels: How Women Can Close the Angel Investment Gap

Sponsored by Pipeline Fellowship. You’re familiar with the gender pay gap. But have you heard? There’s

Ask an Exec – 4 Steps for Establishing Credibility and Influence

For many women leaders, their biggest question about being a better leader has to do with

6 Critical Missteps That Hurt Your Career Advancement

Let’s face it: it isn’t easy to break out and establish yourself as an up-and-coming leader

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? Jennifer Hill has.

Ask Jo: Six Ways to Take Charge of Your Career

I’m interested in advancing my career. I am currently working on an individual development plan for

The “Secret Sauce” Leaders Have and How You Can Get it, Too

You’ve probably heard that part of what it takes to get promoted at work, advance in

Leaderly Quote: Bouncing back from problems and stuff with more power and more smarts.

Happy Monday! A 15-year-old high school student once defined resilience as “Bouncing back from problems and

How to Become a Key Influencer (Podcast)

Your playing small does not serve the world. Be a leader rather than a follower. Be

Leaderly Quote: Mentors talk with you, sponsors talk about you.

What’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Speaking with Fortune, Heather Foust-Cummings, Catalyst’s senior

Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for permission or an invitation to be a leader.

If you believe you are capable of more than the job you are in today, don’t

How to Shut Down a Colleague Who Takes Credit for Your Work

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in a meeting and the unthinkable happens: a colleague

Leaderly Quote: A new take on an old favorite

My kickass awesome Aussie mum sent me this video of Christine Lagarde, head of the International

How to Manage Former Peers

Let’s talk about a potentially awkward situation. You get a new role and suddenly this means

3 Things to Know Before Embarking on an International Job Assignment

As corporations expand across borders and move into new markets, the business world is truly becoming

How do I build influencing skills?

I got an email today from Amy, who works in the energy industry. She asked, “My

Leaderly Quote: Mentors can help you skill up, but sponsors help you move up.

What’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Mentors can help you skill up, but

Ask Jo: You’re Told You’re Not Aggressive Enough? Here Are 4 Ways to Respond.

Question: I had my midyear review and received feedback that I am not perceived as being aggressive

Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

Have conversations with your mentor gotten a bit repetitive lately? Perhaps you approached someone you admire,

What Leaders Say When They Don’t Know the Answer

You’re in a meeting, just wrapping up your status update, and things are going well. The

Leaderly Quote: When life hands you lemons…

Happy Monday. I hope your week is off to a good start, but just in case

How to Overcome Office Politics with the Shadow Organization Map (Video)

You probably hate dealing with office politics, but as research by the Center for Creative Leadership

No Risk, No Reward: The Power of Risk Taking for Your Career

“If you’re not taking risks in your career,” says Valerie Oswalt, vice president of sales, west area

Ask an Exec: Dealing with Difficult Conversations at Work

Did you notice? The title of this article is not “Dealing with difficult people” but, instead,

Leaderly Quote: Don’t just do it. Lead it.

It’s possibly the toughest transition you’ll make in your career: The transition from doing to leading. If

Webinar: Motivating Yourself and Others, on Tuesday, October 28

Let’s face it – we’ve all had days where we felt overwhelmed by our workload. Could

Podcast: Build Your Brand as an Emerging Leader

You already have a personal brand. Yes, you do! The people who work with you have

Leaderly Quote: Lead from where you are…

It was the shortest, weirdest, most energizing business meeting I think I have ever participated in. Months

Want to be a leader not a doer? Here are three things to try.

It’s possibly the toughest transition you’ll make in your career: the shift from doing to leading.

Leaderly Quote: Mentors give you perspective. Sponsors give you opportunities

Recently I was working on a presentation about the difference between mentors and sponsors, why you

Quotivations: Quotes about motivating yourself and others

Here’s a welcome bonus from having a webinar about motivation: You learn a whole lot of new

Ask Jo: Five Key People You Need in Your Network

To maximize your time while you expand your network, consider starting with The Five Key People You

Leaderly Quote: Take the lead (like a boss!)

Here at BeLeaderly.com, we don’t believe in waiting for permission or an invitation to be a

My all-time favorite rebranding story (video)

This, by far, is my favorite rebranding story… of all time! It’s about a junior team-member

How to be a successful boss: Expert chat

Wondering how to be a successful manager? I joined a panel of management experts at Guardian

Leaderly Quote: If your actions create a legacy…

If you’ve attended one of my Poised for Leadership workshops you’ll know that as a trainer

Why you should be speaking on panels (And how to be an awesome panelist!)

Getting comfortable with public speaking is a must if you want to raise your profile as

Thinking about asking for a promotion? Don’t underestimate your readiness!

Have you been thinking about asking for a promotion? Don’t underestimate your readiness. Imagine you were given your

Leaderly Quote: Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box.

If you’re stuck in a routine that’s limiting your creativity or you’re faced with a challenging

Personal Brand Rehab: How to redefine the way you’re perceived at work.

Whether you know it or not, you already have a personal brand. Really—you do! Everyone has

Thank you

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, may your day be filled with good food, great company, safe

Leaderly Quote: Nobody gives you power…

Roseanne Barr had said some crazy stuff, like “You’re only seventeen, you’re too young to have

Want to become a better negotiator? Think like an accountant.

Want to become a better negotiator? Think about learning more about your organization’s budget, balance sheet

Leaderly Quote: Strategy is just a fancy word for coming up with a long-term plan and putting it into action.

Do you want to be more strategic? Being strategic sounds like a good thing to be,

Energize Your Women’s Initiative: A Q & A with Christina Roberts of Siemens

Christina Roberts is the immediate past Chair of the Women’s Information Network for Siemens (WIN@S), and

Leaderly Quote: We need to change the delusion…to burn out in order to succeed.

“We need to change the delusion that we need to burn out in order to succeed.

Your next career move: The ladder or the lattice?

When it comes to moving forward in your career, there are two paths you can take:

Peace on Earth

While Ann and I were rushing to complete a final newsletter of the year and send out a batch

14 favorite leadership quotes of 2014 (slideshow)

Every Monday morning at www.BeLeaderly.com we post a new leadership quote. Here are our top 14

Sponsors: The People Who Can Open More Career Doors Than You Ever Thought Possible

If you want to advance your career, having a mentor isn’t enough anymore. Don’t get me

Leaderly Quote: Give your dreams deadlines

A mentor once told me that goals are dreams with deadlines. So don’t just set new

Leaderly Quote: A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Reminder: A goal without a plan is not really a goal… It’s just a wish! What are

The best of 2014

As we count down the final few days remaining in 2014, we’ll be sharing the ten

3 challenges for a leaderly new year

I’m sure you’re thinking about the year ahead and what you’d like to make of it.

Are you the best kept secret in your organization? (Video)

Are you the best kept secret in your organization? Don’t be! In this free video series,

Leaderly Quote: If you never try, you’ll never know.

Want to be recognized as an up-and-coming leader? Don’t wait for someone to promote you, or

Overcoming obstacles to become an effective leader

I spoke with Jenna Connour at LocalJobNetwork Radio about the challenges women still face in the

Leaderly Quote: When the best leader’s work is done…

I love this quote from Chinese philosopher and poet, Lao Tzu (believed to be the author

How to be More Influential in Your Current Role

I was interviewed for this article at Retaildietitians.com. With their permission, I’m pleased to share it

Leaderly Quote: If you can dream it, you can lead it.

There’s a delightful quote that goes, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Inspiring

11 reasons why you should drop everything and follow Nora Denzel on Twitter

Drop everything, head on over to Twitter and follow @ndenzel. I’m serious — do it now! Here

Leaderly Quote: Have big dreams…

Have big dreams. You will grow into them!

Webinar: The Language of Leadership on Tuesday, February 24

Got something to say? How you say it matters. Carefully chosen words can maximize your leadership

How to vastly improve your speaking presentations in 15 minutes

You know how fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more on your car insurance? Well,

Ask Jo: Interviewing for a new job with a current employer.

Question: Jo, can I pick your brain about a quick question that I have? I am interviewing

Leaderly Quote: If you don’t take risks…

It’s human nature to avoid risks. But in a psychological phenomenon known as “negativity bias,” we

How to Be Promotable: Two Quick Tips from a Talent Development Expert

“Develop and empower others. If you cannot be replaced, you cannot be promoted.” — @RobertFSolomon Robert

Leaderly Quote: Don’t bury your failures…

“Don’t bury your failures. Let them inspire you.” —Robert Kiyosaki

Should Aspiring Leaders Stay “in the trenches”?

How long should an aspiring leader stay in “the trenches”? Making the leap from “doing” to

3 Superpowers Used by Persuasive Leaders

I recently visited the historic campus of Cedar Crest College to speak at the kick-off event

4 Strategies for Leading a Totally Overwhelmed Team

“Help!” That was the subject line of an email I received recently from Lisa, the marketing

3 Weird Tips for Instant Influence

3 weird tips for instantly increasing your influence I spend a lot of time browsing online

How to pre-sell your ideas before a big meeting

When it comes to giving persuasive presentations to senior executives, never underestimate what you can accomplish

Leaderly Quote: Develop and empower others.

“Develop and empower others. If you cannot be replaced you cannot be promoted.” — Robert Solomon. Robbie

Leaderly Quote: Having a bad boss isn’t your fault.

Here’s another great quote from one of our favorite leaders: “Having a bad boss isn’t your fault.

To shine brightly or fizzle out: The stretch assignment dilemma

Photo credit: Adapted from “What Is A Stretch Assignment?” by Tim Sieck. “The stretch assignment challenges

We’re celebrating! Win a $100 library of leadership books.

Update: Congratulations to Kerri Zastrow, of Eleva, Wisconsin, winner of  the library of eight leadership books!

Leaderly Quote: Do less. Lead more.

As you prepare for the week ahead, here’s a reminder that no matter what you’re working

Leaderly Quote: Create a loyal following if you want to get ahead.

As I head to Orlando for the ProjectWorld and World Congress for Business Analysts East conference

How I sucked it up, got over my fear, and became really good at public speaking

I haven’t always enjoyed giving speaking presentations. Far from it, in fact. In my late teens,

Leaderly quote: Make a plan…

If you want to take charge of your career, here’s some great advice. It was shared

Leaderly Quote: Sponsorship can come to you in different ways.

“Sponsorship can come to you in different ways. You never know who is watching, so be

The winner is… Kerri Zastrow!

Congratulations to Kerri Zastrow of Eleva, Wisconsin. You’re the winner of  the library of eight leadership books worth

Ask Jo: Stuck! When you’re too valuable to be promoted.

Question: I feel stuck in my current position. I recently asked for a promotion but was told

Passing “The Eyebrow Test”: How to win your next pitch by perfecting your patter

Does your elevator pitch pass the “Eyebrow Test”? Coined by Sam Horn, founder of The Intrigue

Do you have the skill that makes you look more credible, confident, and capable?

Want to expand your reach as a leader? Deloitte partner Jennifer Knickerbocker has a tip for

Leaderly quote: Don’t be afraid to jump in a puddle…

Want to make a splash? Chloe Pink (the world’s youngest business coach for girls!) has some

3 new books to help you lead, climb and thrive

Wow, what a week it has been for new leadership books! Here are three that caught my attention

Leaderly quote: Leadership is taken, not given.

I once had the pleasure of interviewing Katherine Durham for a webinar in my series for

Meeting, interrupted: Three keys to regaining control after someone hijacks your meeting

At a recent corporate leadership event for high-potential women, one attendee raised her hand and asked

Leaderly quote: Managers light a fire under people…

Hello and happy Monday! Here’s your leaderly quote for the day: “Managers light a fire under

3 new norms of promoting professional successes in the digital age

Struggling with how to promote your professional successes as part of your workplace brand? You’re in

Don’t be a professional pretzel! It’s better when you’re authentic at work

Have you ever been a professional pretzel? In my mid twenties, I was. Let me explain:

Leaderly quote: Fill your sandbox with people you love and those who play fair.

Here’s some leaderly advice for the week ahead, from Chloe Pink: “Fill your sandbox with people

Don’t hire a copycat of yourself

After leaving the relative security of fourteen years with Microsoft, Diane Janknegt took a leap into

How to uncover the career opportunities hiding in plain sight

Some people have all the career luck. You know the ones I’m talking about: They get

Leaderly quote: If you haven’t had a major fail in your career…

“If you haven’t had a major fail in your career — face-plant level — you aren’t

“No” is a Complete Sentence: A Leadership Lesson from Peggy Olson

I’ll miss Peggy Olson. For me, Mad Men was all about Peggy’s remarkable career ascent from

Leaderly quote: Brand your ideas so no one can hijack them.

Luann Pendy, Ph.D. is senior vice president of global quality at Medtronic, where she leads quality

15 Leadership Lists to Help You Engage, Inspire and Motivate Others.

I love a good list. How about you? Here at Be Leaderly, many of our most-shared,

Leaderly Quote: Be a Star

Want to be a rockstar at work this week? Chloe Pink has some advice on how

Ask Jo: What’s the best way to approach a mentor?

Question: I am interested to know what the best way is to approach a potential mentor.

Leaderly Quote: If You Don’t Have a Seat At The Table, Bring Your Own Chair

It’s #TBT time! Since the launch of Be Leaderly in July of 2014, this great quote

5 Ways to be Recognized as High Potential

There’s never been a better time to develop your leadership skills. According to Deloitte’s 2014 Millennial

Transition from Doing to Leading (Podcast, 12 minutes)

I always have such a great time chatting with Sarah Westall of Business Game Changers. In

Leaderly Quote: Call Others Into Leadership With You.

During a recent webinar, I spoke with Jacobia Solomon, Mimeo’s VP of Engineering, about the importance

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Hello leaderlies! I am thrilled to report that we reached a major new milestone this month:

Leaderly Quote: Differentiate Yourself

What does it take to thrive when you work in a highly competitive team? When a

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Molly Hansen

Every month we invite an emerging leader we admire to share her leadership journey. We ask

Leaderly Quote: Become an Asset to Someone You Aspire to Be Like

Want to find yourself an influential sponsor? Here’s a great tip from Sandra Veszi Einhorn, who

Leaderly Quote: Brag About What Your People are Doing.

“Brag about what your people and team are doing. Build them up and help them find

3 Ways to Stand Up and Be Heard When You’re on a Competitive Team

Who doesn’t love to work on a high-performing team? It’s motivating to work with smart, dedicated

Leaderly Quote: You are the CEO of You

You don’t need to wait for someone else’s permission to be a leader. As our dear

15 Songs for Your Leadership Playlist

It was one of those conference moments I’ll never forget: Carly Fiorina had just wrapped up

Leaderly Quote: Dare to emphasize your weaknesses.

“Don’t be afraid to hire people who are much, much smarter than you are,” says Diane

Social and Emotional Intelligence: What I Learned From Being Fired From My First Job.

Before I became a leadership coach, before I started this blog, and long before I traveled

Helping Women Become Leaders at eBay, LinkedIn, Amazon and More: My Conversation with Irish Tech News

I’m not Irish, nor am I in tech. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to be interviewed for

Poised for Leadership Workshop on September 1 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wondering how to become a leader? Join me for Poised for Leadership, a workshop for emerging

Leaderly Quote: Lead. Climb. Thrive. (It’s our one-year anniversary!)

It’s been one year since Be Leaderly launched with this simple mission: To provide proven career

Leaderly Quote: When people have trust in you, trust what they see.

“When people have trust in you and believe that you will be good at something, trust

8 Types of Courage for Aspiring Leaders

“The truth is that courage resides within you; you must simply decide to embrace it.” —

Leaderly Quote: If you’re going to grow…

Risk-taking is a constant theme here at Be Leaderly. If you aspire to lead, climb, and

Ask Jo: The Scariest Thing About Becoming a Leader

Question: “What is the scariest thing about becoming a leader that you only find out once

Leaderly Quote: Choose gigs that feed your soul.

Here’s another great quote from the very wonderful Sara Sperling, human resources leader and executive coach:

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Here they are! The most-viewed Be Leaderly articles for the past month. Congratulations to one of

Leaderly Quote: By leading others you lead yourself

“By leading others you lead yourself.” — Chloe Pink She’s feisty. She’s fun. She’s Chloe Pink,™

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Chandler Elizabeth Hatton

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to

4 Questions Successful Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask Themselves

To bring out the best in others, you can’t just say, “Do it!” and expect to

Leaderly Quote: Let’s make sure we’re audacious enough to not leave anything on the table.

Mellody Hobson is amazing. She’s the president of Ariel Investments and chairman of the board of

Leaderly Quote: Let go of fear, trust your people.

The thing that has always scared me most about being a leader is letting go of

Leaderly Quote: Make it happen

OK, leaderlies… let’s do this! Make it happen. #HappyMonday

Ask Jo: How to show that teammates’ accomplishments are due to my leadership skills

Question: I always like to give recognition where it’s due, but how do I help my

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Claudia Caryevschi

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to

Leaderly Quote: Be bold.

Angie Gels is Chief People Officer with Everything But The House,  where she leads all aspects of

Leading People Who Don’t Report to You

“Whether you’re a software engineer, developer or project manager, you’ll likely end up having to guide

Leaderly Quote: Great managers fight for their people

What do great managers do? According to Liz Brenner, Vice President, Human Resources at SAP, they

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Here’s what other emerging leaders have been reading at BeLeaderly.com this month. Like any of them?

Ask Jo: What Are the Steps for Asking for a Promotion?

Question: What are the steps for asking for a promotion, i.e. the research, prepping for the conversation,

Leaderly Quote: You don’t have to be the CEO

In her article, 7 Little Acts of Leadership, one of our favorite Be Leaderly contributors Susan

Ask Jo: Should I let my team fail?

Question: My manager told me I need to let my team fail. I am reluctant to

Get a 59% Chance of Getting Promoted, in One Simple Step

When it comes to securing a promotion there’s one action you can take that stands out

Leaderly Quote: People don’t get promoted for doing their jobs really well

Want to earn a promotion? Tara Jaye Frank is VP of Multicultural Diversity at Hallmark, Inc.

Are You a Workhorse or a Showhorse?

“Are you a workhorse or a showhorse?” That was the question one emerging leader was asked

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Megan Upp

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to

Leaderly Quote: Share your vision like a boss

“Share your vision like a boss.” — Chloe Pink Creating and sharing vision sounds like a

The Secret to Better Work: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

“The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Here’s what other emerging leaders have been reading at BeLeaderly.com this month. Like any of them?

Leaderly Quote: It’s November. Get Thanky!

Happy November! According to Harvard Health Publications, researchers in the field of positive psychology have found

Ask Jo: Is it better to be liked or respected?

Question: Is it more important for an aspiring leader to be liked or respected? Answer: “Would

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Happy November, Leaderies! This Thanksgiving week, we hope you had time to reflect on what you’re

Leaderly Quote: Are you ready to lead, climb and thrive?

Don’t wait for permission or an invitation to become a leader, and don’t wait for someone

4 Reasons to Lead with Gratitude

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. After all, it’s old

The Most Motivating Advice I Ever Received

Years ago, there was a time when I was trying and not really succeeding at staying

7 Ways to Kill the Leadership Aspirations of Everyone Working for You

I recently spoke with friends who described how the culture of their firm, where senior leaders were known for working

Ready to Lead? Here’s Stuff You Should Read.

Looking for some good holiday reads? Here they are! These six articles from experts will help

Leaderly Quote: Be stubbornly committed to your team…

“Be stubbornly committed to your team, but flexible in your leadership style.” — Jo Miller  

Leaderly Quote: Leaders don’t set out to climb the ladder…

“Leaders don’t set out to climb the ladder. They rise by lifting others up.” — Jo

3 Ways to Stay Sane and Upbeat When You’re a Middle Manager

An executive, an entry-level employee, and a mid-level manager walk into a bar. It’s happy hour,

Wishing You a Peaceful and Safe Holiday

As 2015 comes to a close, we are grateful to you for being part of the Be Leaderly community,

Leaderly Quote: Delivering a lofty goal

Want to make 2016 a breakthrough year for your career? “Have the confidence, courage and agility

Leaderly Quote: Are results the only thing that matters?

Want to stand out in business? Deliver results! It’s a key piece in the giant jigsaw puzzle that

Leaderly Quote: Taking a ‘Seat at the Table’

“Taking a ‘Seat at the Table’ means not giving up your voice or de-prioritizing your perspective.”

Leaderly Quote: Change starts with unlearning

You don’t need a big team to make a big impact if you know how to

Influencing Skills: Your Big Differentiator.

What sets a high performing, high-potential emerging leader apart from her peers? I’ve heard people say it’s

Thank You, Leaderlies!

We’re thrilled to announce that we reached a significant milestone this week. The Be Leaderly community

Leaderly Quote: Leading change

According to Mona Sabet, navigating change and leading change are essential capabilities for any aspiring leader.

Leaderly Quote: Growth and comfort do not coexist.

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not

6 Ways to Make Friends with a Conference Speaker

You might think it’s impossible to stand out in a sea of hundreds of attendees and

3 Times To Stand Up for Yourself at Work—And How to Do It

A colleague takes credit for your brilliant idea. Your boss gives your dream assignment to a

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Melanie Dancer

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to

Leaderly Quote: The big risks bring the big rewards.

“The big risks bring the big rewards. Don’t be afraid to fail, instead develop a healthy

Leaderly Quote: Opportunities are yours to create

“Opportunities are yours to create, not gifts from a boss or your company.” — Liz Brenner

7 Rules for Success When Presenting to C-Suite Execs

A business idea pops into your head. It’s a good one—solid enough for you to summarize

Leaderly Quote: Those that fail the fastest…

Are you avoiding failure? “Those that fail the fastest and the earliest are the most successful

Leaderly Quote: Stop making yourself small

“Stop making yourself small so others can feel big.” — Tara Jaye Frank. This favorite quote

Leaderly Quote: Lead Change or Change Will Lead You

“To be relevant in today’s professional world, you must lead change or change will lead you.”

Have You Outgrown Your Personal Brand?

Have you outgrown your personal brand? Let’s say people keep coming to you with new roles

Leaderly Quote: Dreams don’t work unless you do

Dreams don’t work unless you do. What will you do today to give your dreams deadlines?

Leaderly Quote: Clip on Your Superwoman Cape

I had barely spoken a word in four days. I’d been struggling to get over a

Leaderly Quote: The only time you don’t have power is when you give it away.

Ellenore Angelidis is the Global Head of Diversity with Amazon.  On March 8th, for International Women’s

Leaderly Quote: If you lose, lose with grace.

“If you lose, lose with grace. Don’t put another nail in the coffin of the relationship

Ask Jo: How can I thank my mentor?

Question: I have an incredible mentor. She has guided me through some tough career decisions, boosted

Leaderly Quote: We All Have Doubts…

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Ask Jo: How can I stand out in a constantly changing organization?

Question: I work for a company that has had a lot of re-orgs. My responsibilities keep

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If you aspire to develop new leadership skills, make a bigger impact in business, and build

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“Great leaders know when to step aside.” — Tara Jaye Frank. The best leaders aren’t always

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Are You Overmentored and Undersponsored?

A few years ago, I read a compelling article in Harvard Business Review that was a

Leaderly Quote: We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.

“We have to rethink the concept of leader, because leader implies follower. I think we need

Leaderly Quote: It’s hard to see the world in a new way…

“It’s hard to see the world in a new way when you’re doing things the same

Leaderly Quote: Invest in each other. The return is unquantifiable.

“Invest in each other. The return is unquantifiable.” — Tara Jaye Frank, Corporate Culture Advisor for

Leaderly Quote: Be a student of the leaders who can spot talent.

“Be a student of the leaders who can spot talent.” — Erin Dyer, Vice President, Corporate

Leaderly Quote: If you learn to lead without positional power, you are set for life.

“If you learn to lead without positional power, you are set for life.” — Tim Sieck,

Leaderly Quote: Always be the person you would want to work for.

“Lead without authority. Always be the person you would want to work for. If you have

Leaderly Quote: Stop Consenting to the Feeling of Powerlessness

The problem with audiobooks is that every once in a while, when you’re listening to a

Leaderly Quote: Time spent understanding people is never wasted

I’ve learned so much from my amazing friend, Cate Huston. Knowing Cate reminds me that I

Not a People Leader? Here are Two Other Types to Consider.

Here’s a favorite pastime of mine: When someone signs up for my newsletter and takes a

Leaderly Quote: Your playing small does not serve the world

There have been a handful of times in my life and in my career when I’ve

4 Decisions for First-Time Delegators

“Being able to delegate effectively is critical to your success,” says Alice Katwan, Vice President of

Leaderly Quote: Lead from where you are…

You simply won’t find a stronger advocate for women in leadership than Tara Jaye Frank. Years

Leaderly Quote: You don’t have to lead the team to do amazing things

Want to make a bigger difference at work? You don’t have to wait to be promoted

You Can Do Amazing Things Without Having a Team to Lead. Here’s How.

You can make a big difference at work without being in a leadership role. It’s possible

Leaderly Quote: If the people you lead have lost their spark…

“If the people you lead have lost their spark, try looking in the mirror.” — Susan

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Everyone wants to lead, or be a member of a high-performing team. That’s why you’ll see

To Become a Better Leader, Turn Statements Into Questions.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution,

Leaderly Quote: Slowing Down is a Power Move

Sometimes you need to go slow to go fast. “Slowing down is a power move,” says

Leaderly Quote: Teams break down when we don’t listen to each other.

“Teams break down when we don’t listen to each other.”  — Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates One

Want to be a Leader, Not a Manager? Here are 15 Leadership Quotes to Inspire You.

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Leaderly Quote: Enable all who desire to be truly heard.

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Leaderly Quote: Start small, go fast, and grow as you go

You don’t need a title to be a leader, and you don’t need to lead a

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Leaderly Quote: It’s never too late to admit you could have listened…

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Leadership Strengths: A 10-Minute Tip

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3 Ways to Overcome Gratitude Deficit Disorder

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20 Ways to Thank Your Team

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Leaderly Quote: Lead. Climb. Thrive.

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Whose Board of Directors Are You On?

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Leaderly Quote: Micromanagers tell. Leaders ask.

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End-of-year Leadership Webinar Membership Special! Save $50.

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Leaderly Quote: If you have to choose between being liked and being heard…

Leadership isn’t a daily popularity contest. There will be days where you have to do the

Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait to be anointed. Act as if.

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Leaderly Quote: Leadership presence requires warmth and authority…

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Leaderly Quote: Take the lead…

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Leaderly Quote: Build a network of people who inspire, challenge and motivate…

What’s your most challenging career goal? Whether it is to raise your hand for new leadership

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Leaderly Quote: Leadership is not about making a big splash…

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Leaderly Quote: My one criteria for taking on a mentee…

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Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for opportunities…

“Opportunities are yours to create, not gifts from a boss or your company,” says Liz Brenner.

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3 Acts of Courage to Transform Your Career

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Leaderly Quote: Mentoring isn’t an extracurricular activity

“Mentoring isn’t an extracurricular activity. It’s vital for cultivating an enriching, inclusive community.” — Diana Olin.

Ask an Exec: Can My Mentor Be My Sponsor?

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Leaderly Quote: Don’t try to do it all

“Being able to delegate effectively is critical to your success,” says Alice Katwan, Senior Vice President

4 Qualities of an Effective Disruptor

Businesses need disruptors to survive. Your company needs people who will question how things are done,

Let’s Stop Telling Young Ambitious Women to Find a Mentor

Kaytie Zimmerman is an optimistic millennial, and so much so that she founded a blog of

Leaderly Quote: Provide people with the air cover they need…

“Provide people with the air cover they need to do their best work.” — Jo Miller

Be Famous For Something! What’s Your Personal Brand?

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Leaderly Quote: Being likeable without being respected is very limiting

“If you don’t believe in yourself, respect your own decisions or stand by your own values,

Is It Time to Rebrand Yourself at Work?

Would you know when it’s time to rebrand yourself at work? Building a personal brand for

Got a Big Goal? It’s Okay to be Scared.

I didn’t always have a job I loved. Far from it: At age 23, I got

Leaderly Quote: Not everyone is going to like, approve of, or agree with you…

According to leadership coach Susan Ritchie, being nice and being a people-pleaser may initially serve you

Leaderly Quote: Who are you?

“Who are you? Are you a visionary? A fixer? An encourager? A motivator? A problem solver?

Leaderly Quote: When you are at a crossroads…

“When you are at crossroads about trying something or not, always default to the try.” —

Leaderly Quote: Persistence

“Don’t let your fire be fizzled out by the weight of the world,” says Chaka Batley,

Leaderly Quote: Don’t get bogged down in work…

In her article, Feeling Overwhelmed by Work? Go Back to Basics, Tara Jaye Frank writes: “I

Three Ways to Transition from Doing to Leading

It’s possibly the toughest transition you’ll make in your career: the shift from doing to leading.

Leaderly Quote: Be a leader who develops leaders…

Don’t just be a leader. And don’t just be a leader who develops other leaders. Be

Five Steps for Revealing Hidden Career Opportunities

Some people have all the career luck. You know the ones I’m talking about: they get

Why Are Female CEOs Out-Earning Male Peers?

It’s well known that women are under-represented in C-suite leadership positions, but some fascinating statistics have

Leaderly Quote: Companies need risk-takers and rule-breakers

“Every company is under fierce competition,” says Holly Meidl, Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Division

4 Corporate Culture Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

You’ve made it to the final round job interview, and are starting to feel hopeful. You’ve

3 Rules for Rule-Breakers

“You can’t leave your career when you’re at your height—it will derail you.” That was the

Leaderly Quote: Step out of your career comfort zone…

Step out of your career comfort zone and step into your greatness.

Leaderly Quote: Everyone needs a few influential advocates.

Everyone needs a few influential advocates. It’s not an exaggeration to say that with one sponsor’s

Leaderly Quote: There’s something inside you that is stronger…

“It’s impossible to please everybody,” writes Alexandra Franzen in her article, You’re Going to be Judged.

Leaderly Quote: The best way to become who you’re destined to be…

“The best way to become who you’re destined to be is to accept who you are.”

The Number One Way to Make a Difficult Conversation Easier

Need to have a difficult conversation with an employee, peer, or supervisor at work? Whether it’s

Leaderly Quote: Strip away the drama from your leadership style…

Need to have a “tough love” conversation with someone at work? Stay calm, stick to the

Leaderly Quote: Treat every interaction like the most important meeting…

“Your reputation precedes you,” writes Liz Brenner, who is Vice President of Human Resources Marketing and

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself (and Everyone Around You)

To be seen as a leader at work, you’ll need the drive to consistently deliver superior

Step Up and Lead

“I was dancing around the daisies. I was not really stepping up to lead.” — Cindy

Leaderly Quote: When you fail, it diminishes your fear

You took a big risk… and failed. What now? This is a question I asked Holly

4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Intelligence

Let’s be honest: Most of us who did not start our careers in finance would sooner

Leaderly Quote: See yourself as a leader now.

“See yourself as a leader now. Leadership is an action not a position.” — Cindy Pace, EdD, Associate

Don’t be the Best Kept Secret in Your Organization

“I feel like I’m the best kept secret in this organization,” said Tina. She had been

Leaderly Quote: Dream. Do. Dream.

“Don’t let a dream become a fantasy, which is what happens when you never act upon

Why You Need a Sponsor Not a Mentor!

Could your career use an influential advocate? When you first begin your career, it’s important to

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