By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

Much of communication is based on how the receiver of your message feels about you. Do they like you? Trust you? Believe in you? It goes beyond content to a more subjective and visceral reaction one has to another human being. How people feel about you is often based on first impressions.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

People talk all the time about starting their own business. There are professionals who don’t like their job and dream of being their own boss. There are others who want to take the skills and knowledge they have gained in their career to create a startup company of their own.

But what does it really take to become a successful small business owner?

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

Many people in business are asked to lead or facilitate meetings, conferences or forums. Being asked to do this is often an honor and sometimes turns out to be an excellent opportunity to show your stuff and make a meaningful difference in your organization. Unfortunately, just as often, the facilitator falls flat on his face.

By Steve Adubato Ph.D.

In my new book, Lessons in Leadership, I wrote that great leaders can’t lead others until the learn to lead themselves. Being disciplined, being prudent, being thoughtful and, frankly, keeping one’s control, are the biggest challenges facing leaders today. Leaders don’t have the luxury to simply lash back at others when they feel attacked and respond with the “he/she did it first” mentality. That’s childish and immature.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

One of the most important and critical roles of a leader is to conduct themselves in a disciplined strategic and thoughtful fashion. A leader must communicate consistently and with great thought about the messages he puts out and the timing of those messages. This is as true for the head of a corporation or organization of any size as it is for the President of the United States with such a complex and difficult job. Yet on every front that I can see, President Donald Trump consistently communicates in an irresponsible, often irrational and increasingly dangerous tone.

By Steve Adubato Ph.D.

Most people use jargon in the world of business and aren’t even aware of it. Consider one particularly irritating buzz phrase, “at the end of the day...I’m confident you will see our earnings turn around.” At the end of what day? What an odd expression. Yet, I’ve heard it used by countless executives in every professional arena. It is really nothing more than a stalling technique. It’s a way to make what you are about to say seem more important than it really is.

By Steve Adubato, PhD

There is no better lesson in leadership when it comes to learning from failure than the 1961 fiasco known as the Bay of Pigs. It was clearly President John F. Kennedy’s most significant and embarrassing public failure as president. Many leaders would have found it impossible to recover from such a devastating defeat.