• As a leader, you’ve probably asked your team dozens of times, “Do you understand?” But I’ll wager you’ve rarely have had anyone respond, ...
    4 Ways Leaders Make Their Comm...
    By Dianna Booher
    November 16th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Ray, our COO many years ago, used to start meetings with 10-15 minutes of chit-chat. While his intention was to promote socializing, the effect was ...
    8 Ways to Improve the ROI of S...
    By Dianna Booher
    November 02nd, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • In the movie Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise barges into his home after an argument and long separation from his wife, starts an explanation meant as ...
    Email Greetings: You Lost Me a...
    By Dianna Booher
    October 26th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Handling hostile questions can be more than an uncomfortable five minutes with your project team or an embarrassment with your executive officer. If ...
    MORE on How to Handle Hostile ...
    By Dianna Booher
    October 19th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • The elevator speech is dead. That was my pronouncement in last week’s blog. The reasons: Elevator speeches are too vague, too canned, too boring. ...
    Start an Elevator Conversation...
    By Dianna Booher
    October 05th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Ten years ago, clients asked me to help their sales teams to perfect their elevator speech. Not anymore. It’s dead. Nobody has time to listen to you...
    Why the Elevator Speech Is Dea...
    By Dianna Booher
    September 28th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • You rush into your office early at 7:30 to get a jump on the day. Your overflowing inbox shows several emails marked urgent. But they’ll need to wai...
    The Pet Peeve That Zaps Produc...
    By Dianna Booher
    September 21st, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Whether it takes 7 seconds or 17 minutes to make a first impression, people always seem astonished at what idiosyncrasy causes the gut reaction. That...
    10 Tiny Things That Create Big...
    By Dianna Booher
    September 14th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Salespeople are typically the nicest people in the room. They ask about your family. They laugh at your stories. They empathize with your hard luck. ...
    6 Ways Salespeople Irritate Cu...
    By Dianna Booher
    September 07th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Noticing the time on a text message (3:04 a.m.) that came in from a Millennial one morning, I asked if he had been working that late. “No, I went ...
    How to Skip Small Talk and Get...
    By Dianna Booher
    August 31st, 2017

    GraceTalk, Women in the Work Place
  • No matter the topic, there’s always the flip-side. Politics? The liberal view versus the conservative view. Religion? Scores of interpretations. H...
    5 Communication Practices Tout...
    By Dianna Booher
    August 24th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Whether meeting with client VIPs, giving a presentation to the executive team, delegating a project, or passing someone in the hallway, leaders get qu...
    5 Mistakes Leaders Make in Res...
    By Dianna Booher
    August 17th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Recognize any of these people around you? They must always have the last word in a discussion. They want to “set the record straight” in meetings...
    Is It Wrong to Always Be Right...
    By Dianna Booher
    August 03rd, 2017

    GraceTalk, Women in the Work Place
  • Last week’s blog addressed “What Older Employees Can Learn From Young Executives.” Granted, all five characteristics represent generalizati...
    4 Things Young Managers Can L...
    By Dianna Booher
    July 27th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place, The Creative Life
  • Attend any industry conference and you’ll find a motivational speaker talking about the importance of a positive outlook. You may even take home ...
    4 Ways Positive Communication ...
    By Dianna Booher
    July 13th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place, The Creative Life
  • I’m not the only one asking this question. A startling message came through to me on Facebook a few weeks ago—even before the Steve Scalise shoo...
    How Fragile Is Freedom This Ye...
    By Dianna Booher
    July 06th, 2017

    Freedom at 50+, Women in the Work Place
  • Not everyone longs to be THE boss of a large team or organization. But given a choice, most of us would like to BE our own boss. We want the freed...
    6 Secrets to Becoming Your Own...
    By Dianna Booher
    June 29th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place, The Creative Life
  • In the early days, I definitely made my share of bad hires: The employee who stole equipment. The salesperson who never made a sale. The woman who c...
    3 Interview Questions to Hire ...
    By Dianna Booher
    June 22nd, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Leaders create the culture that helps their teams thrive––or barely survive. Of course, no leader intentionally stymies or stalls a team. But...
    5 Mistakes Leaders Make That C...
    By Dianna Booher
    June 15th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • When my client Mitch visited our office, he had both good news and bad news. “Let me give you the good news first. . . . A couple of partners and...
    Communicate Like a Leader: 3 S...
    By Dianna Booher
    June 01st, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • No, it’s not just you. You’re not just imagining that half the blogs and books you’ve read in the last few years have urged you to learn t...
    Are You Telling a Story––o...
    By Dianna Booher
    May 25th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place, The Creative Life
  • Attend any industry conference and you’ll find a motivational speaker talking about the importance of a positive outlook. You may even take home ...
    4 Ways Positive Communication ...
    By Dianna Booher
    July 06th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • I want to propose an idea to single people like myself.Let’s go on more friend-dates. What I mean by a “friend-date” is when you and an opposite...
    Go On More Friend-Dates
    By Ross Boone
    May 11th, 2017

    Single Moments
  • As people celebrate their mothers this week, most expressions of love and gratitude will be about family, sacrifice, and serving. Yet leaders als...
    What Great Leaders Learn About...
    By Dianna Booher
    May 11th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • “Can you deliver your proposal on the 20th to a group of our executives?”  “That’ll work,” I confirmed. Never mind that I was booked s...
    Should You Just Do It or Deleg...
    By Dianna Booher
    May 02nd, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Do you ever wonder if your own dysfunction is rubbing off on your children? I’ll admit I used to think about that often.  Because I was raised in ...
    Is Your Baggage Affecting Your...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    May 11th, 2017

    Mother Moments, Moms of Preschoolers, Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys, Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Chances are that as children, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama watched and admired a parent or another close relative speak their m...
    How to Speak Up & Find Your Vo...
    By Dianna Booher
    April 27th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • The epithet “all flash and no dash” can be devastating to a leader’s career. When a leader has been highly successful as an individual con...
    Are You a Leader With a Vague ...
    By Dianna Booher
    April 20th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Anybody who’s managed people can tell you about good days and bad days. On the good days, your feel like a winning coach at the Super Bowl. On the b...
    Are You Emotionally “Up” f...
    By Dianna Booher
    April 06th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Early in my career, I collaborated with CEO Jim on his business book. After I’d completed the first draft and he reviewed it, we sat together ...
    Collaborator, Coauthor, or Gho...
    By Dianna Booher
    March 30th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place, The Creative Life
  • Demanding bosses don’t “take well” to people without the same sense of urgency, accuracy, and curiosity as they have. In last week’s blog “...
    How NOT to Respond to a Demand...
    By Dianna Booher
    March 16th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • I don’t yell, rant, curse, pitch fits, or get in your face when things go wrong. But I have to confess that when I owned a training company, I’d p...
    Confessions of a Demanding Bos...
    By Dianna Booher
    March 09th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • “You’ll be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,” was the motto of one of ...
    The Single BEST Way to Get Sma...
    By Dianna Booher
    March 09th, 2017

    Freedom at 50+, Women in the Work Place
  • Let’s face it: Most professionals don’t have the gumption to point out to their boss habits that are killing morale, draining productivity, ...
    12 Communication Habits to Be...
    By Dianna Booher
    February 23rd, 2017

    Women in the Work Place
  • Those of you who routinely follow my blog know that I typically write about business topics:  leadership communication, executive presence, sales p...
    Love Notes to Share With Your ...
    By Dianna Booher
    February 09th, 2017

    Freedom at 50+, GraceTalk, Women in the Work Place
  • No one doubts the impact of great leaders to an organization’s overall success. The challenge seems to be finding them, growing them, cloning them, ...
    6 Steps to Hire and Keep Top L...
    By Dianna Booher
    February 16th, 2017

    Women in the Work Place