Office Politics: What’s Really Going On (& What You Can Do)

“I thought this was my dream job,” Mark told me as he debated whether it was time to leave his company. “But right now, I hate the office politics.” Mark’s not alone. Most of us get annoyed with the crazy junior high dance we call “office politics.” But rather than shy away (’cause truthfully, they’re […]Read the full post >>

3 Scary People at Work (& What to Do If One Is You)

3 scary people at work -Red Cape Revolution

No matter whether you’re working remotely or marching mask-first into a traditional office, my bet is that you’ve got a few scary people at work with you. I don’t mean the Slack stalker or the security guard who gives you the stink eye. Those people aren’t truly scary, and you’ve probably figured out how to […]Read the full post >>

The Fastest Way to Debrief After a Crisis: A Leader’s Guide

Fastest way to debrief after a crisis Red Cape Revolution

If you’re a business leader, at some point, you’ll go through a crisis. Maybe it’ll be huge, like a storm that impacts your entire community . . . or a virus that attacks the entire world. Or, in simpler times, it might be is that the crisis at hand is just a project that’s gone […]Read the full post >>

Darcy’s Book Club: My Recommended Reads for Business & Professional Growth

Darcys Book Club- Red Cape Revolution

Like many of you, I read A LOT. But when it comes to business books, it’s often so hard to pick out the good ones from the yawners. So I’m always on the lookout for business or personal development books that are: Fun to read (smart but not a slog); With a fresh point of […]Read the full post >>

Leading Through Change? The Counterintuitive Power Move to Make Now

Leading through change_ Red Cape Revolution

If you’re leading through change, you’re probably getting more advice than you can absorb. “Embrace ambiguity.” “Onward & upward!” “Whatever you do, just keep moving.” ACK. I recently did a review of the top articles that appear when you google “leading through change,” and not only was much of the advice outdated, it was in […]Read the full post >>

Are You Getting in the Way of Your Team? 3 Warning Signs for Leaders

Are You Getting in the Way of Your Team_ 3 Warning Signs for Leaders_ Red Cape Revolution

What’s the most important thing you must do as a leader? (Note: this isn’t a trick question.) The answer is: to lead. But what does leading mean, really? Ah-ha–that’s when the answer gets tricky. It used to mean you’re in front of the room, telling us what to do. But that’s not what real leading […]Read the full post >>

How to Say Hard Things to Good People at Work

How to Say Hard Things to Good People at Work _ Red Cape Revolution

If you’re a leader of people, projects, or processes, there will come a time when you’ll have to say hard things to good people at work. It’s inevitable. The hard things might be issues that emerge in your company’s regular performance management process. But more often today, we have to find a way to say […]Read the full post >>

How Do You Know When It’s Not Working at Work? (The Project, The Job, The Hire, or Anything)

How Do You Know If It's Not Working at Work _ Red Cape Revolution

“How do you know when it’s not working, really?” I was sharing a bottle of wine one evening with team leaders who are struggling through a complicated change management project. The leader who spoke continued on. “I don’t get it. I’ve been part of these changes  before, but somehow, this one’s different. Another colleague waved […]Read the full post >>

What Does A Coach Do? 3 Things You Might Not Realize (VIDEO)

What Exactly Does a Coach Do_ Coach Darcy Explains (b)

So, what does a coach do–really? One of our readers asked this question recently as their manager was offering to “coach” them. In this video, Coach Darcy Eikenberg shares the three things a coach REALLY does (and should do)–whether it’s a full-time professional like Coach Darcy, or someone else in your organization who’s coaching. Listen […]Read the full post >>