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
Often The answer you’re searching for Is an answer you’ve known all along. Often You don’t need to find it You just need to trust it. A telltale sign You’ve known An answer all along Is that you bump into it Constantly. Each time it seems Familiar And comfortable And right. Yet it also seems too much of something.
Life blossoms When you give a damn About the people You meet About the relationships You build About the work You do About the legacy You leave The waiter who gives a damn Brightens customers. The teacher who gives a damn Opens minds. The doctor who gives a damn
Right answers Like tyrants Are seductive. They promise A problem solved. Uncertainty removed. Anxiety decreased. Path forward clear. Right answers Like tyrants Appear to be saviors At first. That is Until Right answers Like tyrants
Your most important choices Are not The infrequent big ones That others see. They are The everyday Moment-to-moment Largely imperceptible Little ones. Choosing to be calm When uncertainty triggers anxiety. Choosing to be courageous When challenge triggers fear.
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