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  • 7 Traits Of Inspiring Leadership That Uplifts Rather Than Destroys
    by Kathy Caprino - April 24, 2017
    In the leadership development work I do with mid- to high-level professionals, we begin by focusing on how to help each individual lead his or her own personal life in more positive and enlivening ways. You can’t lead anything well (including others, projects, growth, or organizational behavior) if you’re not honest, brave, emotionally self-aware and mentally healthy. After all, you’re a person when you sh...
  • 5 Undeniable Signs It's Time To Leave Your Job
    by Kathy Caprino - April 14, 2017
    For many years during my 18-year corporate career, I remained in a number of roles I disliked, and a few of them were a terrible fit. Now I see now that there were some critical factors that influenced my strong resistance to make the changes I needed to, including worries about money, self-esteem issues, confusion as to what I really wanted, reluctance to start over in a new job, and just plain fear. Now, after two rei...
  • 5 Ways You Stay Stuck In Your Own Toxicity And Won't Change
    by Kathy Caprino - April 10, 2017
    Several years ago, I wrote an article on '6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How To Recognize Them In Yourself and Change Them.' A great deal about that post and the reaction to it was a huge surprise to me. But most of all, I was touched and moved by how many people wrote (over 1,100 people) that they were sick and tired of their own toxicity, and were desperate to change and heal. I was inspired by the bravery pe...
  • The 8 Most Damaging Ways People Let Themselves Down Every Day
    by Kathy Caprino - March 31, 2017
    As I enter my second decade of helping people build happier lives and livelihoods, I continually see that our professional successes and failures, and our crushed hopes, have everything to do with what we believe about ourselves internally, and how we’ve come to operate in the world and navigate through our challenges. People tend to see outer circumstances beyond their control as the culprit for their dissatisfact...
  • How Being Humiliated Can Make You A Great Leader
    by Kathy Caprino - March 24, 2017
    Experiencing public humiliation can feel excruciatingly challenging and confidence-crushing, especially for leaders of organizations who thrive on appearing that they have it all together. But as we see in our personal lives, humiliation can be one of the most potent and transformative pathways to growth, resilience and courage. Interested in learning more about how we can turn our humiliating experiences into fuel for g...
  • Networking Is Not Trolling For People Who Will Pay You Money
    by Kathy Caprino - March 20, 2017
    Last week, something happened on LinkedIn, and for me, it was the last straw. I received (for the hundredth time in a few months) an autoresponder from someone’s LinkedIn account that pitched their business hard, offering me a free consultation on something I had less than zero interest in, immediately after connecting with me. When an action like this hits me as really off-putting and annoying, it’s usually...
  • 3 Powerful Ways To Figure Out What You Want (And Why That's Been So Challenging)
    by Kathy Caprino - March 13, 2017
    During my most unhappy time in my professional life, I was completely confused as to what I wanted. I knew I longed to be out of this toxic job and unfulfilling career. That was simple. But what then? What new direction would make me happy? What new role or industry could bring the joy, flexibility, reward and impact that I so longed for. And what would be best for my life overall, so I could parent my children and be prese...
  • Want Happier Work In 2017? 6 Critical Questions To Ask Yourself Now
    by Kathy Caprino - March 3, 2017
    Working with professionals who want more, different and better in their lives and work, I see the same recurring patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeat – thoughts, mindsets and behaviors that keep people stuck in the same cycle of disappointment and dissatisfaction year after year. Millions of people long for their work to be less toxic, stressful and unsatisfying, and desperately want more meaning, joy and rewa...
  • Separating Performance Management From Compensation: New Trend For Thriving Organizations
    by Kathy Caprino - February 20, 2017
    For most people, the end of the year signals that it’s time to start calculating and reassessing your employees’ compensation. But for those who have followed the growing number of companies that have ditched the annual performance review for continuous, 360-degree and/or ratingless reviews, there may be more confusion and concern around this process. I spoke with two experts, Professor Edward Lawler, Director o...
  • How To Identify Your Top Priorities And Brave Up To Honor Them
    by Kathy Caprino - February 10, 2017
    Dear Kathy, I follow your work and love your messages about braving up and honoring what matters most, but I need your help on that. I’m a 54-year-old professional woman, and I’ve had a great run at a number of professional directions, including writing a series of books that were very successful, to serving on boards of two renowned foundations, and fundraising for several important health causes. All that s...