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.
Our culture values excellence. For example, we strive for A’s in school, go “in search of excellence,” learn about what it takes to go from “good to great” and hope our local sports teams win “world championships.” But, do we always need excellence? Let me share a story. Impress the Boss Early in my career, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Are you a critic or a champion?” In August of 2010 I launched this column with an essay on this subject. Back then, everyone seemed to be a critic. Today, things are the same if not worse. Criticism is in the air especially but not limited to political opinions. Critics are generally against things, and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.