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Who Are You At Your Best?

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…

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Should you really build leaders at every level of your organization?

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…

We Need Leaders Who Have The Courage To Love

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…

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Finding brilliance in the trivial - April 11, 2024

Excerpt below from Robert McKee’s book Story. “Rare as story talent is, we often meet people who seem to have it by nature, those street-corner raconteurs for whom storytelling is as easy as a smile. When, for example, coworkers gather around the coffee machine, the storytelling begins. It’s the currency of human contact. And whenever a half-dozen souls gather for this mid-morning ritual, there will always be at least one who has the gift.

12 Essential Elements of Strong Senior Teams - April 10, 2024

Strong senior leadership teams (SLTs) are the heart of successful organizations. In competitive and fast-paced environments they collectively sense the future and drive performance. For a variety of reasons SLTs are difficult to develop. They’re frequently filled with strong personalities and complicated politics. Increasingly, they’re geographically dispersed. Their work together is often long-term, complex, and ill-defined. All of which leads members to gravitate toward the more familiar and immediate work of running their own organizations over the work of the SLT. Despite the potential value of SLTs, they commonly end up defaulting into loosely-connected info-sharing groups rather than cohesive direction-setting teams.

The third thing - April 4, 2024

The first thing shakes you The mistake The failure The injustice The loss The second thing sits with you The regret The defeat The anger The despair I'm most interested in the third thing What comes next?

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