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May 28, 2018

Giving others difficult feedback is always a challenge. I call it saying THE THING. Ever wonder why some people seem to get away saying something that would get you fired or an abrupt about face? When someone gives me information that I'd rather not hear, I can only co...

May 27, 2018

We are designed to see patterns. When I become intentional about the patterns I am seeking, I see them everywhere, especially behavioral patterns. I noticed that I was stuck in a doom loop with my spouse. We had the same argument we've been having for years, and I coul...

May 27, 2018

We are masters at deceiving ourselves. Sometimes I get really mad at how easy it is to deceive myself. I have a colleague, Jim, who has been really difficult to work with. I've chosen to take this personally, which means that I have made up all sorts of stories about h...

May 27, 2018

I'm in the middle of reading "Leadership and Self-Deception", and I've had another a-ha. In this fast paced world, we are eager to learn the skills and tools to improve ourselves. We read books, go to trainings, and integrate the behaviors that are supposed to make our...

May 23, 2018

I was having lunch with a longtime friend who is looking to shift her career. She's been toying with the idea of leaving her "day job" for a few years. See, she assumed that once she had a plan for her next career that leaving would be easier. In other words, the plan...

May 16, 2018

I am struck by all the contradictions and counter intuitive ideas that I am discovering in my leadership coaching and consulting work. I think a leader is someone who inspires those around them to be their best selves. Yet, it isn't until the leader can be their own be...

May 14, 2018

During the course of my 20+ years of professional life, I have come to learn that there are three main categories of people who may be at the top of a business hierarchy. The first is a boss who is someone who typically doesn't have the time to be present, feels like t...

May 5, 2018

A colleague of mine was sharing how she struggled during a meeting because the people on the leadership team were so defensive. She has a long history with these folks, so she admits that she has an emotionally negative reaction when she has to be in a room with them....

May 5, 2018

If you work in an organization where the person who is in charge of the decisions does not want to be the leader ("not it!"), then you might feel like you are being whipsawed on a daily basis. The person who has the most equity in a business is naturally thought of as...

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