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October 2

When “My Way” Needs to Hit the Highway

One of the most consistent aspects of leadership is inconsistency. No two weeks are alike. Days start with one plan and end with another. Employees leave, competitors innovate, customer needs shift. Most leaders are drawn to the excitement of (CONTINUE READING)

March 19

Learning to Lead from The Inside Out

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it is that we must learn to lead ourselves before we can effectively lead others. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that learning and living this lesson and (CONTINUE READING)

January 26

By Teaching We Learn

Anyone who has been in one of my leadership programs knows that one of my favorite quotes is “Docendo discimus.” This is a Latin proverb which means “by teaching, we learn.” I share this with participants on Day One (CONTINUE READING)

March 31

A Grammar Check: Are Nouns Messing With Your Leadership?

On a flight to Iowa last week, I ended up in a brief conversation with my seatmate about presidential caucuses. I’ve always been curious about what it would be like to experience one firsthand and was excited to hear (CONTINUE READING)

January 24

Your 2017 Goals Might Be Missing Something

January always reminds me how goal-oriented our culture is. Everywhere we look there are cues to create a new year, a new you, a fresh start. What will we achieve? By when? How will we know 2017 is a (CONTINUE READING)

April 20

Learning from Long-Lived Leadership

Today is Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday! A few recent facts about her reign:  She is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a record she broke in September 2015. While Charles and William are taking over many of her duties, she still carried (CONTINUE READING)

May 12

Changing Habits Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum

In a recent coaching conversation, a client was expressing frustration with her colleagues. They were getting materials to her very late, and still expecting her to meet original (and immovable) deadlines. She felt disrespected, diminished, and angry. I asked (CONTINUE READING)

April 16

Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

As a species, we humans don’t like being uncomfortable. Master of the obvious, you say? Perhaps. But really, most of us will go to great lengths to avoid discomfort. Stop to think for a minute about the ways we (CONTINUE READING)

March 18

The Hardest Role to Play: Human

Confession: I’ve become addicted to the ABC show Scandal. Usually, the drama is far-fetched enough that you don’t imagine what’s happening on screen could possibly happen in real life. (Here’s hoping, anyway.) Recently, however, main character Olivia Pope had a (CONTINUE READING)

December 9

Do As I Say*

  (*But not as I say to myself.) Contrary to my company name and personal philosophy, I haven’t done much initiating lately. The last 90 days have held a number of significant personal changes – some intended, some not (CONTINUE READING)

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