Fear Sucks (Literally)

January 17, 2020

We are emotional beings. We feel something before we think about it, and then we act, often informed by those feelings. Essential and useful parts of who we are as humans and our ability to interact with others and our environments. Emotions like anger, grief, love, joy and awe arise from particular perceptions and experiences. […]

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When the Shit Hits the Fan: Act, Don’t React

December 19, 2019

Most of us get into trouble with each other interpersonally; when we leave no time between the stimulus and our response. The stimulus may be something someone else has said, or done, which triggers a bad feeling in us. We feel threatened in the moment and that triggers an automatic emotional response. Often, or usually, […]

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Improve “Leadership” not “leaders”

November 22, 2019

Good leadership should result in an engaged workforce committed and skilled to execute the organizational strategy. This focused and aligned workforce, with the will and skill to get it done, doesn’t develop through working with individual leaders. Leadership occurs in the white space between individuals, not within an individual leader. All development needs to enhance […]

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Leadership Development is like Climate Change

October 25, 2019

It is relatively typical for me to get hired by CEOs and HR executives to help develop and optimize their leaders. They know rationally, if not emotionally, it is critical for the long term adaptability and success of their organization. I am often on the list of resources to check out because of my extensive […]

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Can she do the job?

September 27, 2019

Can she do the job? My thinking and conclusions on how to discern this have evolved a lot over time. Now I would say, there are four critical components to assess when wondering if a particular candidate for the role is likely to be successful? There are 4 key questions to ask? 1. Are they […]

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Crossing the Floor to solve a collective problem

September 13, 2019

Many of our organizational problems lie outside of our area of accountability. Locate the issue or conflict or problem in a connection/relationship not in a person or particular part of the system (e.g. Mechanical). What is the role you can play in empowering that relationship or connection. How will you cross the floor in order […]

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Coaching your teams to solve collective problems

September 4, 2019

As we learn leadership skills we realize that we should probably spend more time asking with our teams and less time telling. I think a better way of figuring out this balance between asking and telling would be to help your teams frame the collective challenge. Put the tension on the table between current reality […]

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I see two key barriers to making major change happen

August 16, 2019

I see two big overlapping barriers to change in most of the organizations that I have worked at. Btw, statistically about 70% of change efforts fail across the board. I am sure there are lots of unique reasons in the different organizations but back to the two themes I see repeatedly. 1.“I’ll change as soon […]

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Leading from the inside, out

August 2, 2019

Some of us, at some point in our lives will go through a developmental shift in our minds, from consciously and unconsciously acting out of a response to the expectations of others (family, spouse, teachers, bosses, etc.) to realizing one day, we should allow ourselves to be influenced by others but not compelled to operate […]

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Leadership is a Dangerous Act

July 19, 2019

Leading is dangerous. Inherently risky. When we lead we are advocating for what we think is right, rather than doing the right thing. We are playing to win, rather than playing not to lose. I think it would be great idea if at the end of every working day, as we closed our computers and […]

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