Leaders Storyize

If you’re confused by the new word in the title (storyize), there’s a reason – I made it up. Actually, it turns out that others have used this word, but it popped into my mind during a recent training session when we were talking about the importance of stories in […]

Help Them See It

During several recent coaching sessions, I was talking with leaders about the importance and necessity of helping their team members seeissues, shortcomings and opportunities to improve. Through these discussions, it became clear that managers and leaders usually fit somewhere in a range of approaches – only one of which is […]

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 […]

It’s All In the Name

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was a fantastic experience. I had never been there before, and I saw and experienced many different places, including the historic Santa Fe Plaza area and the Canyon Road galleries (an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lead Like Patton – NOT

General George Patton was in many ways an incredible leader and one who certainly had a significant impact on the outcome of World War II in Europe. While General Patton definitely utilized some leadership approaches worthy of modeling, some of his other tactics are not well suited for leadership today. […]

Leaders Are Safe

In Simon Sinek’s second book, Leaders Eat Last (Portfolio 2014), he offers this important perspective: “Leadership is about making people feel safe. When someone feels heard, they feel safe.” Carrying this concept to its logical conclusion, it’s also true that when someone does not feel heard, then they do not […]

How Do You Measure a Year?

If you’re a Broadway fan, you likely recognize this question from the opening song (“Seasons of Love”) in the musical Rent (listen in to hear the entire song). Rent is one of my favorite Broadway musicals for two primary reasons – it’s a love story, and it invites us to […]

It’s What You Make It Mean

What IF every reaction (emotional or otherwise) that you have to an event, experience, communication or interaction is almost completely about you? More specifically, it’s about what you decide that event, experience, communication or interaction means about you. Stay with me as this concept invites a shift that can transform […]