30 results for author: Erika Andersen


Just the Facts, Ma’am

I know I’m dating myself by using that title. It became known as the signature line of Sgt. Joe Friday, the hero in a cop show called" that was popular when I was a kid. Whenever Joe was questioning witnesses, and they would start wandering off into how ...
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Why Playing Favorites is Bad For Business (and How to Do it Well)

Almost everyone who has ever had a job has experienced the dark side of favoritism. A manager who’s convinced that one employee is more deserving than any other, regardless of (and sometime in spite of) that employee’s performance; the "favorite" employee ...
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The Power of Words… Especially for Leaders

My husband and I play a word game that consists of figuring out the negative names and the positive names for things.  Here's what I mean: For large properties owned by a single person or entity: "estate"=good; "compound"= bad For someone who ...
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Want to Jump-Start Your Career? Get Good at These Two Things

A few weeks ago, I was standing in an airport security line that was moving much more slowly than the lines on either side of me, even though it was a TSA-pre line and therefore, I had hoped, faster. Unfortunately, the line was so long that I couldn’t ...
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How to Decide What Skill to Work on Next

Most of us know that success in today's work world requires continuous growth and learning. You can't just rely on your current knowledge and expertise if you expect to keep up, let alone advance. But how do you identify the areas in which development efforts ...
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7 Ways to Say No Without Making People Mad

Saying "no" too often can be hazardous to your career. I first realized this many years ago when the general counsel of one of our client companies got fired for being "too difficult to work with." It wasn't surprising to me when I heard that he had been let ...
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What’s Your Perfect Job? Look for These Things

My husband, I am pleased to report, now has his ideal job. Over the past two years, he’s become a craft brewer, and he’s loving every day of it.  Now, don’t get me wrong; it’s not perfect in the sense of nothing bad ever happening. Just last week he ...
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Why You’re Having a Hard Time With Your Millennial Employees – and What to Do About It

All three of my kids, their friends, and my daughters' spouses are Millennials (roughly those people born between 1981 and 1996). A great many of the employees in our client companies are Millennials. These young employees now make up 35 percent of the US ...
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Want to Create the Perfect Career? First, Build a Castle

Recently two of my colleagues and I conducted a five-day a leadership and management bootcamp for high-potential mid-level women. We have the chance to do this program a few times a year, and we love working with these women, who are smart, curious, open ...
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Learning to Learn

Organizations today are in constant flux. Industries are consolidating, new business models are emerging, new technologies are being developed, and consumer behaviors are evolving. For executives, the ever-increasing pace of change can be especially demandi...
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Why Millennials are Great

I spent the weekend mostly with Millennials: two of my kids and their spouses, and two nieces and their spouses/significant others. And once again, I simply didn't experience all the negative things people of my generation tend to say about people of this ...
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New Ways to Get Better

I'm excited. For the past four or five years, my partner Jeff and I have been acknowledging to each other (and to anyone who cares to have the conversation with us) our need to have an online/mobile aspect of what we do available to our clients. We recognized ...
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