Don’t Box You In

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 | No Comments

We love to put something in a box.  To know where it fits.  It helps us makes sense of it.  We sort and categorize and define without even realize we’re doing it. This is “good” – this is “bad”. This “will work” – this “won’t work”. This “fits here” – this “fits there”. But in […]

How Will You Be Different?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 | No Comments

I discovered this morning that I had zipped by blog #200 without even noticing.  A milestone for sure – but totally arbitrary (no one was likely counting blog posts other than me).  The last time I had counted I was in the 180’s and 200 felt so far off that I didn’t even bother calendaring […]

Four Things to Combat Your Saber Tooth Tiger

Posted by on May 9, 2014 | No Comments

“Oh great!” you may be thinking, “Now I know (since you read yesterday’s blog post) that my presentation woes are due to saber-tooth tigers (you really should read yesterday’s post first), but now what???!” All is not lost my friend.  There are tools to deal with these things. Once you have identified what happens to […]

The Power of Focused Feedback

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

You would think that by now we would have all developed amazing mind-reading skills, but that’s clearly not the case.  In order for us to really understand what someone wants and needs from us, we usually need it to be said out loud or we’ll assume all is good.  And for caring leaders this can […]

Scan Yourself

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments

I woke up this morning feeling like my jaws had been cemented shut.  It hurt to yawn.  I realized that I must have been clenching my teeth again while I slept, an unconscious coping-mechanism in my body’s attempt to manage all the rapid change we’re facing.  As I sit massaging my cheek, at the painful […]

Scan Yourself

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

I woke up this morning feeling like my jaws had been cemented shut.  It hurt to yawn.  I realized that I must have been clenching my teeth again while I slept, an unconscious coping-mechanism in my body’s attempt to manage all the rapid change we’re facing.  As I sit massaging my cheek, at the painful […]

You’re Not a Fix-it Project

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

It’s so interesting to me how our perceptions of ourselves are often so far out of synch with how the world perceives us to be.  I know you can probably think of a few folks running about with an inflated opinion of themselves, but in my experience, the vast majority of us are so focused […]

Connection vs. Perfection

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

We work so hard to get it right.  We agonize over our PowerPoint slides.  We ensure that our data is rock-solid.  We polish our pitch.  Some of us are even lucky enough to have an entire communications team tirelessly crafting our messaging to hit every point and refute every argument, collectively aiming for perfection.  Yet… […]

Breaking Through the Roadblocks

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | One Comment

Yesterday’s post was all about unleashing our talents.  Great stuff!  And it would be a no-brainer, except for the fact that it’s not as easy as just “doing or not doing it”, it often takes getting the roadblocks out of the way first. My mind keeps wandering back, thinking of my friend Jeff.   Jeff is […]

The Courage to Captivate

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

When the flight touched down at 3:45, I was certain I’d have plenty of time.  The event didn’t start until 6pm after all, and even after stopping by Dollar Rental Car, I was out of there in no time. I hopped in the car and headed out in the pouring rain.  Torrential really.  Awful stuff. […]