The Power of One Word

Recently, I heard the following communication thought: “Don’t offer blah, blah, blah when blah is enough.” It was a simple message about the ways we are imprecise in our communication, resulting in us saying more than we need to. Thus, one leadership lesson for all of us is to simplify […]

Are You Hiding?

No matter what your age or generation, nearly all of us have played the game hide and seek. It’s a fun game that can be played inside or outside, and it’s simple enough that anyone can play. Unfortunately, it’s also become a game that we play at work and in […]

It Is You

If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll remember the episode where George’s girlfriend breaks up with him and uses this line: “It’s not you, it’s me.” In response, George protests that he invented that break-up line and further insists that it is definitely him. Finally, she relents and tells the truth: “Alright […]

Change Is Not a Level Playing Field

There are two deep and consistent truths about change. First, change is inevitable – the only question is whether you create change or are the victim of change. Second, very few people enjoy and look forward to change. Thus, we have an inherent conflict between these two truths – it’s […]

Accessible Versus Available – A Leader Shift

Nearly every leader I meet (and have ever met) struggles with this issue – time. Not only time in general, but the time that is required for (or given away to) other people. Think about your day and contemplate how many times you are asked this question: “Do you have […]

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 & […]