Reflections

Mindlessness

Have you found yourself experiencing the following: rushing through activities without being attentive to them breaking or spilling things because of carelessness inattention, or thinking of something else failing to notice subtle feelings of physical tension or...

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A leadership development tool that really works

I use the Leadership Circle 360 profile in my coaching and assessment work because it is both practical and powerful. I don't say this lightly as  I am hardly new to leadership assessments. During my Corporate career in a senior leadership role, I was on the other...

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“Why We Work” by Barry Schwartz

On my Kindle... In the late 90’s, I was in a leadership class and was asked to write about my philosophy of leadership. I said this: “I believe that people want to do good work. I believe that people want to get meaning from their work, to make a valuable contribution...

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“Those who can do – can’t teach!”

Coming from a family of teachers and having been one myself, I always heard the quote putting down teaching as a job people did when they couldn’t do anything else. “Those who can do – those who can’t teach.” So when I saw the above quote in this week’s New York...

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Unconscious Bias: What? So What? Now What?

When I’m doing work with companies on topics, I try to keep the above three questions in mind: What? So What? Now What? So I start by defining the issue, then move on to why it matters, and then follow up with what do we do about it. When the topic comes to...

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The Upside of Envy

There's an interesting article in this Sunday's New York Times, "The Upside of Envy."  The author (Gordon Marino) states that envy is the hardest emotion for us to own. Instead most of us will find a reason to disparage the person or thing that we envy. Perhaps we...

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Unconscious or Conscious: Bias does damage

For the past few years, Unconscious bias has been among the most frequently requested topics for my workshops and presentations. Much of what we believe and assume about others is unconscious. Based on messages we’ve received as we’ve grown up, we’ve formed...

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Only What Can Be Counted?

This quotation is often attributed to Albert Einstein but there’s no real proof he said it. But he should have because it’s so true. I have had several instances in the last few days that have made me think of this quotation and that’s usually an indication I should...

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“I have to tell you I am scared”

The new CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, the former CEO of Expedia, penned this departing note to his Expedia employees: I have to tell you I am scared. I've been here at Expedia for so long that I've forgotten what life is like outside this place. But the times of...

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A Strength Over-Used is a Weakness

I was asked recently, “What are some of the negative habits that hinder leaders from being effective and successful?” The top problem I see in my leadership coaching work is leaders overusing a strength. When we over rely on a strength, it limits our effectiveness....

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