9 04, 2015

HBR | Can You Really Not Afford to Change Jobs?

2017-08-18T13:19:39+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Over the past decade, I’ve become something of an expert in personal disruption, after quitting a high-profile position on Wall Street, pursuing several entrepreneurial paths, co-founding two investment firms, and reinventing myself as a writer and speaker. If you are going to disrupt your career there are a lot of questions. But maybe the biggest [...]

15 12, 2014

HBR | Managing Up Without Sucking Up

2017-08-18T13:19:40+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

When I hear the phrase “managing up,” I reflexively think of the seemingly spineless J. Pierrepont Finch who rises from window washer to president of Worldwide Wicket Company in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. By lying: he tells the head of HR that the CEO said to give him a job when [...]

23 09, 2014

HBR | To Innovate in a Big Company, Don’t Think “Us Against Them”

2017-08-18T13:19:40+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

“This seems like pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. Have you actually seen this done?” I often hear this question when I visit companies and speak about how to make an innovative idea less terrifying to high level executives. The skepticism is warranted. There are plenty of pundits arguing that big companies need to innovate, and pointing out [...]

17 07, 2014

HBR | Lead Without Trying So Hard

2017-08-18T13:19:40+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

In early 2011, I gave a TEDx speech. Because I wanted my ideas around dreaming and disrupting to come alive in a way that’s not possible in writing – and because of my nagging performance anxiety – I started working with a speech coach. Since then, I’ve given a series of talks across the country. [...]

24 04, 2014

HBR | Six Tips for Reluctant Negotiators

2017-08-18T13:19:40+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Categories: Harvard Business Review|Tags: , |

I had been hired to do 1-on-1 speed-coaching sessions at the Summit Series at Powder Mountain, and I was confident I could help one person, in particular, to take his career to the next level. Once back in the office, I pinged him: “I would love to coach you. Any interest in exploring?” He responded [...]

26 02, 2014

HBR | In the Messiness of Life, What’s Fair to Employers?

2017-08-18T13:19:40+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

If you’re interviewing for a job and pregnant, should you keep your pregnancy a secret? Or do you have an obligation to tell your prospective employer? When I posed this question on LinkedIn, about half the responses defended a woman’s right to hide her pregnancy from a potential employer. The other half insisted that employers [...]

26 12, 2013

HBR | Where There’s a Why, There’s a Way

2017-08-18T13:19:41+00:00 December 26th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

At least once a week, I hear my son, a junior in high school, say, “What is the point of school? I am never going to use [insert subject] again.” He may or may not, depending on his chosen profession. My counter-argument tends to be, “You may not use all of it. Some of it [...]

2 12, 2013

HBR | If You’re in Over Your Head at Work, Try an S.O.S.

2017-08-18T13:19:41+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

“I’m in over my head.” How often this thought has crossed my mind. If you’re ambitious, this will happen to you a lot.  It has with me: in every single job. You reach a plateau.  You are no longer enjoying the feel-good effects of learning so you jump from one learning curve to the next.  [...]

14 10, 2013

HBR | Always, Always, Always Show Up

2017-08-18T13:19:41+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Three years ago, as I was putting the finishing touches on my book Dare, Dream, Do, a friend sent me a link to a contest sponsored by Oprah. The prize was your own talk show.  Immediately, I was thrilled by the giddy fear I feel when I know I’ve got to take something on. Almost [...]

11 10, 2013

HBR | Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

2017-08-18T13:19:41+00:00 October 11th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Four years ago, Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, approached me about a brainstorm: an event recognizing and celebrating breakthrough innovators.  When I suggested to Clayton Christensen that we partner with Hatkoff to create the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Clay’s response was: I trust you Whitney.  If you say we should, let’s do [...]