Top Ten Leadership Skills for 2020

Leaders need to continually polish their talents, and sometimes also their resume. We all recognize that organizations are changing, new challenges are surfacing and competition is increasing. What does that mean for those of us in the workplace? In January 2016 the...

Sound Bites Can Bite

Are you using Sound Bites to Communicate? Advertisers use sound bites to capture attention and promote interest. Recently our leaders both political and non-political adopted the use of clever snippets that might be witty but they are not clear. In fact, they often...

Is Your Core Problem Your Core Issue?

Stick to your knitting guidance offers many benefits, but also snares many into stagnate thinking. Developing a strong core is vital to both your in business and personal health. However, strict adherence to a core-only mentality often leads to narrow thinking, which...

What Bridge Taught Me About Leadership

First let me clarify that I am not a great bridge player. I will never strive to play duplicate bridge or play with Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. Nevertheless, I like the games’ challenge and its practical leadership lessons. While finite with the number of cards,...

Three Dimensions of Leadership Development

People, Process and Priorities THE STUDY OF LEADERSHIP traditionally starts by focusing on the leader’s personal awareness of themselves and their style in interacting with others. From first line to top line executives, mastering yourself and your interactions...

Patricia Raskin Interview

Recently, Dr. Mary Lippitt was interviewed by Patricia Raskin on Voice America. Dr. Lippitt talks about how knowing priorities can help to clarify goal alignment, bring decision making criteria into focus, and improve communication. In addition, by learning the...

When is it Smart to go Against the Flow?

Does this sound familiar? You’re with your team in a conference, the leader puts the big idea on the table, no one speaks and then one person agrees. Before you know it you’ve all agreed, only to learn later that many had unexpressed concerns. What went wrong? No on...

Top 4 Mistakes Women Make in the Workplace

The road to the C-suite is littered with well-meaning, well-qualified workers who never quite get there. So what is the difference-maker? Executive coach and consultant Dr. Mary Lippitt has worked with hundreds of leaders, from Fortune 500 executives to top Pentagon...

How to Boost Your Influence

John Maxwell defines leading as influencing.  President Eisenhower defined it as, “getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”  While influence, or persuasion, remains a critical skill, polishing that skill requires some analysis. ...

A Mentor’s Help

How a mentor saved this exec from making one colossal mistake Mary Lippitt was a new hire with a game-changer of an idea. She thought she was on to something that would revolutionize an inefficient process — and set her up for success in the process. But, if not for...

What is your credibility score?

Are you credible? We all think we are highly credible, but we need to validate that perception.  Living in an illusion is not smart.  I was working with a CEO who was asked at a staff meeting on Friday if a layoff was planned.  He empathetically said no, but the...