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Projecting Leadership Presence in a Teleconference

    Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. In a famous 2002 experiment, a Stanford University professor made audiotapes of physicians and their patients in session. Half of the doctors had been previously brought to court for malpractice. She then played the tapes for her students, who were able to determine which physicians had been sued. But…

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How to Read Zoom Body Language

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. In my speeches and seminars on Leadership Presence, I include a section about body language: how to use it to create a positive impression and how to become more aware of the nonverbal messages that others are sending. After this section, I’m often asked the same question: “If all I…

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How Women Escape the Impostor Syndrome Trap

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. I give speeches and seminars on “The Power of Presence for Women Who Lead,” and after one of my sessions, I was asked by the head of Human Resources to coach Sandra. Introduced to me as a talented business professional with exceptional leadership skills, Sandra was being groomed for a…

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If You’ve Got a Brain, You’re as Biased as I Am

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Whenever we meet new people, our brain automatically and immediately begins to categorize them in some way – male or female, same or different, friend or foe – in order to predict what is likely to happen next. As leaders, we need to be aware that we are always evaluating…

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This is What You Say When You Talk with Your Hands

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. The body language question I’m asked the most when people are preparing to make a presentation is: “What should I do with my hands?” My answer? “Use them.” Research shows that audiences tend to view people who use a greater variety of gestures in a more favorable light. Studies have…

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Thriving On Post-Pandemic Change

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Change is difficult — and we have plenty of reasons to resist it! No one likes to contemplate letting go of the skills and behaviors that “got us here.” As individuals, we become psychologically attached to the status quo because it is familiar and comfortable. But even more difficult than…

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We All Need Leadership Presence

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. You are talented, skilled, and highly competent, with positive business results that have been responsible for your career progress to this point. What more could you possibly need? At a certain level, the force that will catapult you to more senior positions of leadership may have less to do with the…

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What is the Truth About Lie Detection?

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. “You’re next in line for a promotion.” “Let’s have lunch sometime.” “I’d love to read your report.” “No, those pants don’t make you look fat.” We get lied to all the time. People are dishonest with us out of politeness, to avoid punishment, to protect others, or to deliberately mislead…

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How to Become a More Collaborative Leader

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Lately I have had so many speaking engagements on “Leadership Presence” that I relish the chance to change course and to update my program on “Collaborative Leadership” for a client next month. For many organizations, “silo mentality” and knowledge hoarding behaviors are wasting the kind of collective brainpower that could lead…

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What if George Washington Lied?

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. February 22nd is George Washington’s birthday and I remember a story about his childhood. It’s reported that George chopped down a cherry tree, and when his irate father saw the damage and asked his son if he knew who did the deed, George owned up: “I cannot tell a lie.”…

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Why You Cannot Fake Your Feelings

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. I was once asked by the Senior Vice President of Human Resources to work with a leader whose micro-management was limiting her team’s effectiveness. When I met with the client, (let’s call her Judith), she was effusive with her praise – going on and on about how much she had heard…

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Is Your Good Body Language a Bad Choice?

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D I want to tell you a story about Adam and Eve. No, not that Adam and Eve. The Adam and Eve I’m talking about are both being groomed to take larger leadership roles. And both are aware that body language is an important part of projecting the leadership presence that will help them…

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Do You Feel Visible?

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D In a 2016 study, 240 senior leaders of a Silicon Valley technology company were asked to identify the most-critical factors for success at their level. The group agreed on track record and skills-based factors: a history of delivering results, technical depth of expertise, and the ability to manage a technical team.…

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Do You Have a Leadership Presence?

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D Leadership presence is a blending of attitudes, qualities, and behaviors that send all the right signals and makes you stand out from your peers. But leadership presence isn’t automatically assigned to you because you have a leadership title, advanced technical skills, or a high-level of leadership potential — and it’s not…

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Virtual Communication Lessons from the DNC

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D Over the last few months, organizations have transitioned from traditional offices to the virtual workplace, which makes your continued effectiveness as a communicator increasingly dependent on your ability to connect with, and influence others in this dramatically new environment.  With that in mind, I hope you watched the Democratic National Convention. For the…

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Body Language & Leadership Presence

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Lately, unsurprisingly, I have had increased interest in how to use body language when on a Zoom meeting. Here’s a link to an article from TechRepublic quoting me on the topic. And if you want a broader body language perspective, take a look at my LinkedInLearning course: Body Language for Leaders. Virtually or in…

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What We Lose When We Can’t Touch

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. I understand why we are keeping our social distance and replacing a handshake with a wave, but I already miss what we are losing as a result. It’s so simple, that it’s easy to miss its impact. You simply extended your hand for a friendly handshake. But hidden in this simplest…

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We Need Physical Distance, Not Social Distance 

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Work from home, don’t meet in person – or if you must get together, keep your social distance! As we increase our efforts to fend off the spread of the COVID-19, we need to watch that we aren’t worsening another threat to public health: loneliness. The “loneliness epidemic” has seen rates double…

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