A Case for Friendships at Work

By Achim Nowak

“You’re not at work to make friends.” They used to dole out this workplace advice, back in the days. Hogwash. Make friends, PLEASE!
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Connecting With The Transactional ALPHA Exec

Written by Achim Nowak

You value a personal connection. But how do we connect with the Alpha leader who doesn’t desire connection? It’s not easy – and not impossible!
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How To Lead With A Bit More Feeling

Written by Achim Nowak

I believer in the power of data, evidence, facts, And I believe in the ability to “feel into situations.” Exceptional leaders call on both.
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Great Leaders Apologize WELL

Written by Achim Nowak

We can only lead others if we also lead ourselves. That includes owning up to making a mistake. And offering a grown-up amends.
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Seduce Me With Your Language, Please.

Written by Achim Nowak

Language has the power to invite. Entice. Seduce. Folks with genuine influence know how to speak this language. Speak it well.
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Lessons from a Leadership Trainwreck

Written by Achim Nowak

She had Vision. Ambition. A Bold Touch. In 45 days, she was gone. The leadership lessons of Liz Truss.
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You Manage Your Boss, Don’t You?

Written by Achim Nowak

Smart professionals manage their bosses. They do it with intention and authenticity. Not doing this WELL can be your career suicide.
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7 Cognitive Distortions That Do NOT Serve You

Written by Achim Nowak

How often do you run mental scripts that have little to do with reality? Psychiatrists call these scripts mental distortions. Beware!
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Don’t Think of Small Talk as SMALL Talk

Written by Achim Nowak

Small talk is relationship glue. Embrace it. Have fun with it. Don’t judge it. And above all, do it well.
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The Case for Less Vulnerability

Written by Achim Nowak

We live in the Age where leaders are expected to be vulnerable and in touch with their feelings. When does it all become too much?
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The Skillful Art of Saying NO

Written by Achim Nowak

The pressure to say YES to things we don’t wish to do is tremendous. At work, in every facet of life. How do we say NO more often and with greater skill?
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A Case for Friendships at Work

Written by Achim Nowak

“You’re not at work to make friends.” They used to dole out this workplace advice, back in the days. Hogwash. Make friends, PLEASE!
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How to Be a Little Less Conflict-Avoidant

Written by Achim Nowak

Most of us shrink from conflict. Let’s not call a conflict “conflict,” please! And let’s apply these 5 tips to be less conflict-avoidant.
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How To HELP When You Don’t Have To.

Written by Achim Nowak

Research shows we are wired to help. The instinct is primal. Are you primal enough?
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What do your employees REALLY need from you?

Written by Achim Nowak

Covid has changed the way many of us conduct business. The basic needs of your staff and employees, however, have stayed the same.
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The Case for Curiosity

Written by Achim Nowak

How do we stay curious in the face of routine, repetition, predictability? Don’t focus on the routine. Focus on the variables.
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The Power of Everyday Transitions

Written by Achim Nowak

When your work day feels like a ride on a runaway train, STOP. Put in some transitions.
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4 Everyday Trust Builders

Written by Achim Nowak

There is no bypass for building trust. No “fake it til you make it.” Just simple and consistent everyday behavior.
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Cultivate the EYE of the BEHOLDER

Written by Achim Nowak

If perception is reality, why not mess a little with your perception? Especially in a world that is so frequently grim.
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The One SUREFIRE Way To Build INFLUENCE

Written by Achim Nowak

When you find yourself busy defending that 1 idea, that 1 path forward, that 1 best practice – STOP. Offer options.
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How To Be DIRECT Without Pissing People Off

Written by Achim Nowak

Your boss wants you to be direct and honest with her. Beware. You may have very different notions of what “direct” sounds and feels like.
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