Originally published February 4, 2021 on Forbes At your best, you choose love. You feel fear, or anxiety, or selfishness, or anger, or hate. But you choose love. You choose love because you’ve chosen fear and anxiety before. And it paralyzed you. You choose love because you’ve chosen selfishness before. And it isolated you. You…
Doug on the importance of leaders as storytellers
Originally published January 27, 2021 on Forbes Good leaders know that alignment is critical in building successful teams. Unfortunately, many of them don’t do it often enough. Frequently leaders adopt a one-and-done, event-based mentality, for example, aligning at yearly or quarterly strategy meetings. While alignment should certainly happen at regular strategy meetings, it should also…
Originally published November 17, 2020 on Forbes [Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don’t you’re dead in this economy.] I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently. His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. His argument surrounded five reasons: Some people…
Originally published November 13, 2020 on Forbes A global pandemic is raging. Racial tensions are smoldering. Economic inequality is increasing. An environmental crisis is looming. And a partisan chasm in the US is widening. The challenges we’re facing didn’t just show up this year or even the over the last four years. They’ve been simmering…
Doug's Substack Blog - Notes on Leading
Sometimes A good mood Is nothing more Than a bad mood Interrupted. An annoyance Acknowledged But not followed. A frustration Felt And maybe voiced But without heat Then released. An anxiety Recognized And respected But put aside To focus on
Our stories. Filled wrong turns And laughter And ache And triumph And connection And struggle Are compelling. Without neat bows. All the loose ends exposed. Why Do do we hide In manicured narratives With got-it-all-together patinas As if We’re fooling anyone?
Genius distilled Is being willing and able To see extraordinary things Before they exist. It's being willing and able To believe in those things And hold them And pursue them Amidst a storm of doubt With no evidence you're right Except for an inexpressible
Mostly We don’t listen. Mostly We wait to talk. In a world full of people Waiting to talk Listening is defiance. A remarkable act of love. Listening is Setting aside time Setting aside judgment Setting aside our instinct to fix and solve Setting aside our tendency to oversimplify
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