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
You jump in. Things get Intense Quickly. Acutely aware of risks You’re not sure You can Pull it off. Keep making decisions. Equal parts Confidence And self-doubt Pervade Every moment. Vision And inspiration Fade in And out. Keep making decisions. Missteps happen.
Like fire Worry is useful When controlled. But destructive When fed too much fuel. In every situation One of two things Happens. Things work out Or They don’t. A little worry Focuses and energizes. A lot of worry Complicates and paralyzes. Do all that you can Then let go. The outcomes we get
Dialed in We sense Everything. Angles appear In the shadows. The next step beckons Before we know why. Muscles Don’t ask permission They just move Honed by pattern recognition. Magic happens. The only way To get dialed in Is to trust ourselves. The only way
Questions open options Answers focus energy. Questions make us pause Answers help us move. Questions deepen thinking Answers deliver results. Too much of either Becomes a problem. Too much Questioning without answering Is a daydream. Too much Answering without questioning
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