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January 16

“You can be a great leader and also have a life.”

Says one of the feature articles in the December Harvard Business Review. I could not agree more. In fact, I’d argue the title of the article could be: “in order to be a great leader, you must have a (CONTINUE READING)

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)

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)

September 8

Are You Having Any Fun?

I have two things on my mind with this September post: Fall and fun. Wait, what? You might be asking. Fall is often associated as a time of year when things turn serious again. Kids are back in school, (CONTINUE READING)

March 30

Daring to Go Beyond

A few weeks ago, I witnessed the most powerful keynote speech I’ve ever heard. Speaking at our annual Georgetown Alumni Coaching Conference was Kakenya Ntaiya, the Founder and President of the Kakenya Center for Excellence. Her story was riveting; (CONTINUE READING)

December 9

Wrangling the Elephants

What would your employees say if asked: “what are the undiscussables around here?” What would you would say? Within every workplace, there are off-limit topics. I’m not talking about politically incorrect issues or about legitimate wrongdoings. I’m talking about the (CONTINUE READING)

October 16

Remove the Scarlet Letter A from Accountability

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done (CONTINUE READING)

June 23

How Often Do You Follow?

Last week I heard one of those statements that made me think: “Yes! So true! I need to write that down!” You know those statements? The comment was: “It’s not about following the music; it’s about following each other.” (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)

February 16

Yes, You’re Touchy Feely. Get Over It.

If I had a nickel for every time a leader or team said to me: “we’re not into the touchy feely stuff around here,” I’d own a vacation home or two. If I had a dime for every time that (CONTINUE READING)

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