Category Archives: Professional Presence

How and Why Your Presence Matters

Manage By Wandering About

Ever wonder how people “see” you in your office? If this video is any clue, they may need to see you a bit more often. ¬† If this is how you are seen, you might consider practing a little more “MBWA”. This term was coined by the founders of Hewlett Packard and later attributed to […]

Courage, Apathy, or Fear?

Courage, Apathy, or Fear. From your viewpoint¬†as a leader, which one defines your organization? Each one of these words can define the culture of an organization, the people in it, and the fundamental way that the organization works its way through the cycle of decisions and opportunity. Does your behavior as a leader, or as […]

The False Choice of “Character” versus “Results” – Developing People

Recently, the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, Martin Dempsey, noted that the character deficencies of the senior leaders of the services required special attention. The general said that officers who had “incredible” character but poor professional competence, and those who were high-achievers but who “did not live a life of character” were of […]

Of Swamps and Alligators… – Focusing On Outcomes

A couple of posts at Leadership Freak made me recall the old bromide that “when you are up to your neck in alligators, it is of little use to contemplate that you had originally intended to drain the swamp.” There are probably a few ways to interpret this thought but the theme appears to be […]

The Groundhog Day Effect – Professional Presence

One of the usual phenomena of a “career” is the inevitable conclusion that you have done this before. Whether it is an assignment, or a situation, or simply the mood you bring into the office, everyone reaches a point where something seems pretty familiar. It is not surprising then that our response follows the same […]

Got Toxic? – Lead With Maturity and Passion

Over the last 10 years, the US Army has noticed something that the corporate world has known for a long time. To wit, a jerk boss can really cause damage in an organization. As one of the armed services defined by its relationship to the civilian-led Department of Defense, the Army is required to be […]

So you are management now – Professional Presence

Welcome! If this is what you dreamed about, ouch. It might turn out that way, but more than likely, the moments you recall down the road won’t happen in here. Right away, did you notice a change in how people act around you? Do they seem a bit more guarded? Perhaps over-the-top friendly beyond any […]