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Denise Brouillette
President & Founder LeaderXpress, Leadership Strategy Consultant, Executive Coach
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A couple of days before Thanksgiving, Howie Jacobson, a Fast Company expert blogger used a term, Gratitude Deficit Disorder, or GDD, which, I believe he's the author of, to describe what he says we seem to be lacking a great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
Ron Ashkenas’ says that while leaders can easily name those managers in their professional lives who have micromanaged them, none sees him/herself as doing the same with their employees. Yet they may be doing just that without realizing it. Why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
How many times has a key decision maker turned a request of yours down? If it's too many to count, then listen up. It could be that you're not planning for why the decision maker would say no and then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
Anne Kreamer, in her brief yet content-rich HBR blog discusses workplace gender differences from a neuroscience/emotional intelligence perspective. Refreshing and far more advanced than the old John Gray Mars-Venus divide which I found rather simplistic and narrow. A Female-Dominated Workplace... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
I've recommended the No Asshole Rule to so many that I've lost count. Now if only more leaders would demand behavior change or show them the door!
Yes, you read it correctly – a**hole. It’s freeing to be able to say it out loud and in print (well, almost), thanks to Robert Sutton, the Stanford professor who wrote the 2007 book titled, The No A**hole Rule: Building... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
Yes, be your own leader was the clear message in yesterday’s on-line Bloomberg Businessweek tech article: Apple’s Jobs Told Cook Not to Ask ‘What Would Steve Do?’ Not that we should never consider the path that someone else might take.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
Janet was a rising star in her group. She was nominated to take part in our 3-month leadership program even though she wasn't yet a director in her organization. Her leadership goals for the program were to have her work... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
I was on a conference call the other day with eight others. Tony was leading the discussion and was outlining elements of a corporate proposal that if accepted, would result in national coaching engagements for those of us who chose... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
When Wells Fargo Bank launched what I call their let’s-be-friends-with-our-customers campaign a couple of years ago in their branch banks, I hated it. I’m an ATM user, but once in a while work-related banking issues needed a discussion with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at 2005-2011 Blog
Robert (Bob) Dickman, author, master storyteller, and head of First-Voice in Los Angeles, sent an email today describing how impactful it is to persuade with a story. Here's the content of what he wrote. I thought it was so useful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
I've been consumed with thoughts of keeping in good physical shape since I was in my mid-20s. And because I come from a gene pool of slim people, and because I'm fairly active, I've told myself over the years that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
In my blog post yesterday I wrote about the soundbite strategy for getting noticed. I dropped the words “kick-ass” and turned an attention-getting first-paragraph into something I considered boring and vanilla. “Safe” I’d call it. And all because I didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
I often hear men and women at work talk about how they hate the idea of having to promote their accomplishments just to get their work noticed, and instead wish that the results they deliver could just speak for themselves.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
Just about an hour ago I found out that site access to our influence e-learning tools was down. Although our site server was up, the server we use to house our videos was not. That meant that the leaders from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
Although Susan Adams’ short article in Forbes is more about what you can do when you want/need a completely new career, you can ask yourself these questions at any point in your life to get a few of the things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
It’s Saturday and a gorgeous January day in San Francisco, so I walked to the neighborhood to have lunch with a long-time friend and career mastermind partner. We were talking about our themes and intentions for 2010. And although I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
I finally opened some December mail today. It's a problem I've had most of my adult life - letting unimportant mail pile up until I get sick of looking at it. And then in about an hour, everything's been opened,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
One text sends $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. 1,000,000 texts send $10M to the Red Cross! As we all know, thousands have died, and many thousands more are missing in the Caribbean’s poorest country due to this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
I ran an event on Saturday for the 10th time – the Annual Intentions Event. What started in January 2001 as a gathering of a few women in my living room, has become an annual happening, this year with 40... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
I find that making resolutions at the start of the year - or anytime, for that matter - isn't all that it's cracked up to be. In the moment, in the rush to be a member of that resolution-making in-group,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at 2005-2011 Blog
Up in the Air, a new movie with George Clooney, is about a solitary guy who, as a terminator-for-hire, lays people off in various companies around the country. I left the theatre with a lump in my chest. The number... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at 2005-2011 Blog
Thanks to Del Jones of USAToday and his Tweet (@jonesdel) a couple of hours ago with a link to this quiz, which I took, and caused me to have to write this post! James Westphal, a University of Michigan business... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at 2005-2011 Blog
Last night I was at an alumnae event for my graduate business school, Simmons College School of Management (Boston - all women). Our speaker was Deborah Kolb, the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership, Faculty Affiliate, Simmons Center... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at 2005-2011 Blog