The next best thing in leadership? Master the basics!

A client once asked me to review an article that she wanted to use in a course on managing virtual teams.  The article was from a very well-known magazine.  It provided ten tips for managing virtual teams: Be available Organize regular meetings with both individuals and the whole team Encourage informal conversations Rotate (team members to different locations) Be creative with… (read more)

Be true to yourself!

According to LinkedIn, I am celebrating the 11th anniversary of starting Kolar Associates/Avail Advisors. I know this because I am suddenly getting “congratulations on your work anniversary” messages from people who never talk to me the rest of the year! However, it’s nice to be reminded as time has a way of sneaking up on… (read more)

How to make a recommendation in six slides!

In my last post, I talked about using the “What, Why, But, And” approach for telling your story simply and effectively. However, sometimes you are doing more than telling a story. Sometimes you are making a recommendation. Just as people often over-explain their story, sometimes we over-explain the recommendation as well. Your goal should be… (read more)