Embrace the Dump in Meetings

Think about the last time you were in a meeting where you had very strong reservations about the idea being presented or the person presenting the idea. Perhaps you had extreme doubts about achieving the goal being discussed or you had lots of examples of ways that the team or […]

The Leader Pause

I recently had an unexpected encounter with one of the audience members in a large group setting where I was speaking. I was not able to read her name tag, and I didn’t hear her (due to my hearing loss) when I asked for her name. As a result, I […]

The Unintentional Leader

I was recently meeting with a group of client team members, and upon entering the room one of the team members commented that I was not sitting at the end of the table, where most people sit when they’re leading a meeting. I told him that my choice of seat […]

A New Muscle

Earlier this week I was driving to the airport to drop off my rental car and catch my flight back to Ohio. As I was driving, it struck me that it didn’t feel like I was out of town or anything different than driving to a meeting in Cleveland (other […]

The Big Miss

I’m writing this week’s blog on the patio of my Airbnb apartment in Greece – my last day in Greece before traveling on to Iceland tomorrow for a couple of days before heading back to the United States. This past week I spoke several times for the INPACT EMEA & […]

What Baggage Will Your People Leave With?

Let’s get one thing straight right at the beginning – we ALL have baggage. Whether it’s emotional, family, parenting, education, relationship, religious, political or employment baggage. If  you’ve lived, then you have baggage. I often hear or read of people saying that they don’t have any baggage, but unless you […]

Mime Your Leadership

What if you could not speak? What if you could not communicate with words? What if you chose not to use words to communicate and, instead, limited your communication to actions and gestures? What if you chose to mime your leadership? It may sound crazy, but miming your leadership would […]

You’re Not That Good (or Important)

You heard me: you’re not that good, and you’re not that important. Go on, get over yourself. Yes, I’m talking to you. You—the person who feels the need to control and hold on to things. You—the person who has a hard time delegating and handing off because you’re positive that […]

Beware Your Filters

No, not coffee filters—people and message filters. We like to think that we are thoughtful and discerning in our responses and with our reactions (or lack thereof). However, the reality is that we typically react to people, situations and communication based upon the filters through which we experience everything, which […]

Assessing the ROIS

You’re probably guessing that this post is about ROI’s (Return on Investment), but you’re wrong. It’s about a concept that came to me during a recent leadership keynote I delivered. I was talking about one of my favorite topics – the ways that soft skills (e.g. people skills, social skills, […]