Can’t we all just get along? While this question seems timely in light of recent events, it unfortunately has become relevant in any month or season. We spend a lot of energy and money in conflict – person to person conflict, organization to organization conflict and society to society conflict. Must there always be fighting? […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This political season has brought the topic of energy to the forefront and this is not about oil, gas or coal. The Donald has accused Jeb Bush of having “low energy” and Dr. Carson of having “super low energy”. The Donald is trying to draw a correlation between personal energy and strong leadership. Many would […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In 2014 I wrote this essay. I’ve updated it to reflect the political season that we are in. Some of you may be old enough to remember the philosopher, Marshal McLuhan. In the 1960’s he wrote a bestselling book, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. His main point was that the medium […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Do you remember learning cursive as a child? Somewhere around the second grade most of us learned to take our block letter printing and add some curves to learn what was called penmanship back then. The highlight of these lessons was learning to write our name. We were told that writing was our unique identifier […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I recently read a blog post by Dr. Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, the Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD in France. His post was titled the “Eight Archetypes of Leadership.” That post got me thinking about my own experience in consulting to leaders in North America and Europe over three […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When was the last time you took a look in the mirror and asked some revealing questions? When we were children our parents and teachers were our primary source of feedback. Sometimes we liked it while other times it was hard to hear. Then in the early stages of our careers, we started to learn […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
If you’re like most of us, you like being right. Being right makes us feel good. My guess is that being right triggers a set of reactions that activate the pleasure center of our brains. Given the choice between being right or being wrong, we would all choose being right. What is right and wrong? […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Are you ever misinterpreted? Do people hear something that you didn’t intend? My guess is that it happens more than you think. The reason is we are always communicating silent messages. In fact, our words usually are a small component of the interpretation of our communication. How you communicate will reinforce or take away from […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Are people lying more, or are more people just getting caught? Maybe it’s both. WHO lies? The fact is everybody lies. I recently read that children start lying at around age 4 or 5, when they become aware of the use and the power of language to get things. As they grow older, parents teach […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Years ago, I asked this question to a leader. Here was her response: “Look, I sit in the corner office and am in charge. If they don’t like it, there’s the door.” Today that response and $3 might get you a Starbucks latte but not much else. Position may give you authority, but it doesn’t […]Continue Reading... No Comments.