Breaking Through Gender Bias: Leaders Read This Now

Breaking Through Gender Bias: Leaders Read This Now

June 8, 2016Leadership

As a women CEO in a female-dominated industry – or at least the female-dominated section of my industry (see below) – I like to think that I’ve created an organization where what Breaking Through Bias authors Andrea (Andie) Kramer and Al Harris call agentic gender bias is absent. Yet, I’m embarrassed to say that this isn’t … Read More

Trust Creates Efficiency: 3 Ways To Speed Things Up Now

Trust Creates Efficiency: 3 Ways To Speed Things Up Now

June 6, 2016Leadership

Efficient work is happy work. Efficient teams are happy teams – well-oiled squads who can count on each other to fulfill individual roles for the group’s benefit. These teams may not ever socialize outside of work, may not be comprised of “friends” and everyone may not even like each other, but they are top performers because … Read More

5 Ways To Buy Time & Give Yourself An Advantage

5 Ways To Buy Time & Give Yourself An Advantage

May 18, 2016Leadership, Management

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got from my mentor and two-time boss Marijean Lauzier, is don’t feel compelled to respond or react immediately and “Buy yourself time” to give yourself an advantage. And as the world speeds up around us, and Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook feeds blur with so many … Read More

5 Tips for Handling After-hours Email

5 Tips for Handling After-hours Email

May 3, 2016Leadership

Email is the most powerful tool out there to make other people’s priorities yours. Does this sound familiar? Wake up. Roll over. Pick up phone. Scroll through email…notice at least 15 that have been sent since you logged off last night from people in your own time zone. Heart beats a little faster. All of … Read More

5 Things To Learn From A Millennial Meltdown

5 Things To Learn From A Millennial Meltdown

April 6, 2016Uncategorized

“Lee, are you going to weigh in?” “Lee, what say you?” “Lee you need to help this girl!” “Lee, would you hire her?” My email has been lighting up over the last four days since 25-year old Talia Jane posted her “Open Letter to My CEO,” Jeremy Stoppleman of Yelp, and then 29-year old Stephanie … Read More

3 Things We Learned from Caregiving Employees

3 Things We Learned from Caregiving Employees

April 6, 2016Leadership

I started Double Forte  in 2002 for many reasons, not the least of which was that my mother had just been diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer with three months to live and I was going to be with her and my father for her final days. My parents lived in Wisconsin, I am in San Francisco, … Read More

Feedback Without Specifics Is Just Noise

Feedback Without Specifics Is Just Noise

February 9, 2016Career, Leadership, Management, Managing Millennials

Too often I encounter managers who obsess on how to give constructive and corrective in such a way that doesn’t make them sound overly critical, mean or if you’re a woman the dreaded “bitchy.”** The result a “feedback” session that skirts around the issue avoiding specific improvement steps which leaves the employee not understanding the … Read More

Conflict At Work: Resolve To Stop Wasting Time

Conflict At Work: Resolve To Stop Wasting Time

January 25, 2016Uncategorized

How you handle conflict at work determines your culture, productivity and overall business sustainability. Conflict is part of human nature, and part of any company’s day-to-day work reality. Conflict between departments, among teams, between people is part of everyone’s daily experience. How companies and people deal with conflict at work is what separates good companies … Read More

5 Steps For A Great Start To 2016

5 Steps For A Great Start To 2016

January 4, 2016Career, Leadership, Management

Ahhh the first Monday after the New Year. The email is starting to pour in and fill up your screen after the nice trickle of the last two weeks. Hopefully you had time to have fun over the Holidays; perhaps you had time to write down your resolutions. If you didn’t, don’t despair, all is not … Read More