How leaders can leverage their Mojo – confidence and influence – to enhance their power, presence, and persona

Funny and Effective Ways to Tell Someone They STINK

Ever know... that guy! You know the one that can set the world on fire with his armpits. Or the girl who can clear out a networking event with her breath. If they're good people you want to tell them. If not, you want to warn others. Here's how to have the guts and the glory of telling someone they stink.

By | 2017-01-10T13:48:46+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Funny and Effective Ways to Tell Someone They STINK

5 Signs that FOMO is Secretly Ruining Your Career

That awful feeling of FOMO – fear of missing out – usually pops up when you’re scrolling through your work email and you come across an epic discussion about stuff that you weren’t aware of – even if it has nothing to do with you. In fact you were accidentally cc’d by Elaine in accounting. [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:50:23+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Blog, Leadership, Mindset|1 Comment

DEBATE: Should Men Censor Their Language In the Presence of Women?

If there were ever two polar opposites, my husband James and I are such.  We debate… until he stops.  LOL! And not always do we come to a conclusion.  So I send it to you, my readers, to chime in. Tonight’s debate – Ear Censoring – Should men censor language in the presence of women? […]

By | 2015-12-14T19:30:51+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership, Mojo Blog|2 Comments

CRITICAL TENSION: On Which Side of the Divide Would You Thrive?

Imagine for a moment that you were cutting your organization straight down the middle. You’d have operations and innovation.  They guys that keep the lights on everyday versus the dudes that get new and sexy stuff into the market. […]

By | 2015-12-01T19:21:05+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership, Mojo Blog|Comments Off on CRITICAL TENSION: On Which Side of the Divide Would You Thrive?

The Secret to Purging Lazy Employees and Keeping Great Ones

No matter how you cut it, there are just some people you want to banish from your team.  You know the “come in at 9:05 , leave at 4:55, that’s not my job, and I’m just biding my time” type. […]

By | 2015-11-18T08:51:18+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on The Secret to Purging Lazy Employees and Keeping Great Ones

Great Leaders Don’t Have Followers; They have this.

Leaders are usually defined as people who have a massive line of lemmings attempting to mimic their actions. But great leaders don't have followers. They have something way more powerful. I learned that on a particularly difficult project. I was asked to lead a project that was already $16M in the hole and 3.5 years [...]

By | 2015-09-17T13:24:31+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on Great Leaders Don’t Have Followers; They have this.

The “Break-a-B*tch” Experience – My Worst Boss Ever (explicit)

Eddie's office, the HR Rep, and me. "Am I fired? What did I do?", my mind raced as my boss, Eddie, started the conversation. "Dawnna, I am writing you up for calling me disparaging names", he said. Sure I thought the guy was a world class asshole, but I only shared that information with my [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:01+00:00 July 10th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on The “Break-a-B*tch” Experience – My Worst Boss Ever (explicit)

Leadership Hack: Humility During Success

YEAH! I rocked it! WOOT WOOT! It was all me baby. In a world of greatness, it is obvious and has been proclaimed that I am the greatest! All others bow down. Oh... and thanks to the little people for your support. That's what it sounded like in my head when a really tough project, [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:03:37+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Leadership Hack: Humility During Success

Leadership Hack: KUDOS that ROCK in 5 Steps

Most leaders spend an hour telling someone how much they messed up and only a minute telling them that they did great job . Or they try to slide by with a pat on the back and say something really weak like: "Good job Leslie" "Great job Bob" "That was impressive" Non-specific one-liner feedback is [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:03:52+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Leadership Hack: KUDOS that ROCK in 5 Steps

Leaders… What if the experts are wrong?

I have followers on Twitter and I'm pretty sure that they don't think I am their leader. In fact I think if I commanded them to retweet my latest post, most of them would tell me to kick rocks. But, according to Webster's a leader is someone who commands or causes others to follow. While [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:04:06+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Leaders… What if the experts are wrong?

VISION STATEMENT – Nail It In 4 Simple Steps

The Vision Statement is probably one of the most butchered statements in corporate. Most times they are too long, too vague, and simply unclear. The reason is that executives have no idea why they need a Vision Statement - other than everyone else has one - or what to do with one after they have [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:04:37+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on VISION STATEMENT – Nail It In 4 Simple Steps

Got A Team SLACKER? – How to Dump ‘Em 7 Steps

Kathy needed to go! Besides the fact that she was one of those women that chose to shed tears every time I asked for a status update, Kathy was also the person that was a negative force on the project. She constantly told her team how the project would fail and put roadblocks in the [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:05:24+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Got A Team SLACKER? – How to Dump ‘Em 7 Steps

An open letter to the guy that labeled me: BITCH

Dear Dude who called me a BITCH (as well as other very disparaging statements) during our conference call last Friday when you thought you muted the line: Outspoken. Filterless. Opinionated. Brilliant. Team-builder. Leader-whisperer. Straight-Forward. Those And several other terms have been stamped behind my name as if they were the initials from earned degrees. But [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:37+00:00 April 10th, 2015|audacity, Leadership, Mindset|Comments Off on An open letter to the guy that labeled me: BITCH

BEST ADVICE: Be What You’re NOT Supposed To Be

You are told what you are "supposed to be" from time you are born. Statistics determine your optimal height, weight, date of birth, and even the decibels of your first hello to the world. If you're late they come get you. If you're too small they fatten you up. Basically if you don't fall in [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:10:25+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on BEST ADVICE: Be What You’re NOT Supposed To Be

A Sure-Fire Formula that Gets Your Leadership Article Noticed

We've all seen those boring articles that some top-level executive was selected to write for the company newsletter. They all follow the same template: Where they started, what they believe (usually the company mantra), a quote from a book, and a piece of advice that the world can't live without - usually in the form [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:06:41+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on A Sure-Fire Formula that Gets Your Leadership Article Noticed

8 Things Highly Productive People Do Everyday

Everything that everyone wants can be summed up into four categories: More money with less debt. More time with higher efficiency. Less work with higher productivity. Better quality of anything. This means that everyone wants to be more productive at work everyday. For the most part - we hate wasting time because time impacts everything [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:06:58+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on 8 Things Highly Productive People Do Everyday

What are People Saying About You When You Leave the Room… Yeah… It matters.

The meeting is over.  You just left the room.  And the chatter begins as it always does when you walk out.  So, what are they saying about you? […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:58:42+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Blog, Leadership, Sales|Comments Off on What are People Saying About You When You Leave the Room… Yeah… It matters.

How Executive “DRIVE BYs” Kill Project Success

That big enterprise project has a budget, a schedule and a scope of work.  But you are working against destiny.  According to the Chaos Report 68% of projects fail!  But you believe you can do it if only that damned stakeholder would stop screwing it up. […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:57:08+00:00 January 29th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on How Executive “DRIVE BYs” Kill Project Success

Do you have the GUTS to be a Leader…or just the Title?

[tds-dropcap red]A[/tds-dropcap]s a successful woman in business, I get asked this question a lot.  Usually by someone that's around 20 years old and fresh out of college or someone that wants to know how I did it twice. This time it was a young woman working in IT. "First you founded, ran, built, grew, and [...]

By | 2017-09-21T11:55:21+00:00 January 28th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on Do you have the GUTS to be a Leader…or just the Title?

How to do D&I Events (or any event) on Food Stamps

In my last article I gave out the Recipe to Faking D&I in Your Organization.  But the truth is there is no need to fake it.  You can have real D&I in your organization without spending a penny from your invisible D&I budget!  Here’s how. […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:54:24+00:00 January 24th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on How to do D&I Events (or any event) on Food Stamps

How Can Leaders Build Trust? Stop Lying.

How Can Leaders Build Trust? Stop Lying. Did you ever know that something bad was going to happen at work?  Your resources kept asking but you kept your lips sealed as was deemed by the leadership team. Then it happened; the grapevine started singing like a well endowed diva hitting that final high note and the rumor [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:08:45+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on How Can Leaders Build Trust? Stop Lying.

7 Kick-Ass Phrases that Great Leaders Use to Magnetize the Masses

Sometimes leaders forget the power in their words yet they want their team to move to their cadence. Great leaders make a habit of leveraging their words to garner more power towards motivating their teams to higher goals.

By | 2015-09-03T12:02:04+00:00 June 20th, 2014|Blog, Leadership|Comments Off on 7 Kick-Ass Phrases that Great Leaders Use to Magnetize the Masses