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Head, heart, and stereotypes

head heart and stereotypes

The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for unacceptable patterns in how she performed » Read More


5 Reasons Why Showing Up Just Isn’t Enough

Servant Nature of Leadership | Lead Change Group

In a recent Forbes.com article (May 16, 2014), author Deborrah Himsel explored the roots of change initiative failures at Avon, General Motors, and other blue-chip corporations. The common denominator of these major-league disappointments, Himsel revealed, was the surprising tenacity of the organizations’ entrenched corporate cultures, with their potent alchemies of habit, tradition, reticence, and fear. » Read More


In Search of the Perfect “Boss”

imperfect boss

No one hates the “B” word as much as I do, so why did I chose that word for the title of my first book?  Because despite all our efforts to “lead change” and encourage servant leadership, most of our readers are struggling in imperfect hierarchical organizations working for an imperfect boss. And even as » Read More


A Leader’s Guide to Stress-Free Holiday Customer Service

A customer service business woman at Christmas

It happens this time every year.  Customers, fueled by big-deal bargains, shopping lists lined with specific requests, and a fear of missing out on either one or both of the above, practically attack retailers.  The joy of generosity is trumped by the dark side of greed and consumer competition.  Front-line employees, having endured a year » Read More


Leadership by Engagement


In today’s world, we are connected through various forms of communication channels.  Emails, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ continue to drive what leadership instigator Seth Godin termed, “The connection economy.” The world is truly smaller. You can literally connect with someone in another continent in less than a minute without spending a dime. Great leaders » Read More


Get Real: Taking Your Developmental Conversations to the Next Level

development plans

For a variety of reasons, many manager/employee relationships stay formal, cordial, and don’t realize their full potential.  The conversation stays focused on the work at hand, and hopefully there is some discussion of strengths and development needs, along with a plan to improve on them. There is often real reluctance to go deeper. Why? Choices, » Read More


Brand Boring

Leadership Brand

  A prospective client asked to talk with me recently. (To protect her identity, we’ll call her Lara.)  Lara’s executives wanted to clarify and begin driving a leadership brand throughout the organization. What unfolded during our conversation was a plan whereby their values, credo, code of conduct, and core competencies would converge into a leadership » Read More


3 Steps to Confront Procrastination

This is a follow up to “What do you do instead of what you are supposed to be doing?” I introduced 10 things people (like me) do when we should be doing something more important. It also introduced the idea that shame and fear came from BS inside our heads. To catch up, check out » Read More


What do you do instead of what you are supposed to be doing?

procrastination meter

What do you do instead of what you are supposed to? Top 10 Things You’re Probably Doing Instead of What You are Supposed to be Doing: 10. Eating something bad for you 9. Checking your email every 3 minutes 8.  Looking for inspiration from others’ work 7. Reading just one more article about “how to » Read More


The Transparency Debate: How Much Should Leaders Share?

authentic leadership

As leaders grow in levels of responsibility, scope and scale, the issue of “transparency” becomes more significant.  Executives have insights into confidential strategy, complex nuances, and serious situations.  They also have large teams and a customer base watching every move.   It’s common practice for leaders to pull back more as they rise in the » Read More

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