“He’s fast on his feet” or “She has a clear head on her shoulders.” “He’s definitely a thought-leader in the industry.” These current kudos pique a leader’s attention. After all, leaders look to hire, promote, and listen to those who think clearly and communicate well.

But what if you’re naturally quiet and slow to speak up in a crowd?  How do people really gauge how well you think—particularly when your interactions are brief and infrequent?  Can you still convey the same sense of being an astute, clear thinker as your more outgoing colleagues?

I think you can.

the ceo magazine, pivoting,
Sachin Kamdar, Co-founder & CEO, Parse.ly

Building a startup can sometimes feel a bit like waiting for the subway for too long. After you spend more than 20 minutes waiting, you begin to feel more invested -- you’ve waited for so long that the next train must be arriving soon. It is difficult to admit that you may need to start walking or call a cab, or that the subway might not be coming after all.

The Institute for Health and Human Potential conducted a survey for our  New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing More Your Best When it Matters Most (Crown Business, 2015), asking senior leaders about the impact on them and their teams when they were tasked to do more with less. 

As a senior level executive, you can have a profound affect on everyone in your organization. I was reminded of that today when I was talking with a friend and colleague and told him that I had an offer for a partnership within a particular group. In our circles, this new partnership would be groundbreaking and very highly regarded.

No one sees a flower, really.  We haven’t time.

For to see a flower takes time,

like to have a friend takes time.  - Georgia O’Keefe 

The holidays are upon us.  The air is crisp; the few remaining leaves crackle.  As we dig out last year’s coats, we reach towards next year’s potential. 



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