A vibrant and effective business culture creates a palpable energy that you can feel the moment you walk in the door. It’s more than employees who enjoy their work and it’s more than employees with a single-minded focus on execution. What you feel is a sense of purposeful activity, passion and commitment. You feel the dynamic resonance of a group of people with diverse talents and perspectives, joined by a common passion. You feel the energy of a group of people who have come alive…. Read More»
Can you think of a job that you were absolutely loved and were committed to, despite your inability to feel successful? Can you think of a truly collaborative organization where all of the respect, recognition and accolades are reserved for a small minority?
How can you connect your employees with what they need to feel successful?… Read More»
It’s difficult to understate the importance of interpersonal communication in almost every aspect of our lives. Communication builds relationships – and relationships form the basis of any successful collaboration, be it business or personal.
Why then, aren’t we better at it?
Like me, you’ve probably encountered many different teachings on the topic of effective communication over the course of your career. Most of these correctly identify listening as the process where most communication breaks down, and therefore focus on techniques designed to help us improve our ability to listen effectively. However, the following operating rule from the Improvisational Theater community more succinctly captures the essential element of true listening than anything I have ever come across in a traditional training:… Read More»
There is a piece of advice that I frequently heard given (and probably even doled out myself) over the course of my corporate career, that now with a little distance and perspective strikes me as absolutely absurd. Learn to accept that you are going to drop balls… just make sure you don’t drop the glass… Read More»
I love the fresh, unburdened way that children can see things. Driving in the car the other day, my 13 year old daughter said to me, “Mom, have you ever noticed how there are times when nothing seems to be going well, but then not that long later, everything just seems to work?” We launched… Read More»
In large corporations, women continue to be under-represented in executive leadership roles, with many self-selecting out of the running for these jobs by mid-career. What can we learn from this continuing trend? Could it be a call to re-evaluate the corporate culture and potentially even how businesses are managed? The dominant paradigm of today is… Read More»
In yesterday’s post I raised the possibility that the number of women in C-level leadership positions may be lower because many women define success differently and therefore may not aspire to these roles. My premise was women tend to desire a multi-dimensional life, which is difficult, if not impossible, to attain as a C-suite executive… Read More»
I find it interesting how business forums tend to frame the discussion of the low numbers of women in C-level leadership positions. One perspective is the “establishment” is holding women back, the Glass Ceiling theory. The premise of which is that there are discriminatory practices at work preventing women from rising beyond a certain level… Read More»
Somewhere along the line, leadership forgot who it was leading. Leaders are often selected based on their business acumen and “results,” – not necessarily their ability to lead people. Unfortunately, the ability to produce results as an individual does not always scale to effectively lead others. In addition, leadership development has evolved to focus on… Read More»
“In order to have courage, you must do the inner-work necessary to know who you are.” Howard Behar, former President, Starbucks. I invite you to join me on a brief virtual exercise. First, make a list in your mind of the characteristics of an exceptional leader. Now, create a corresponding list of the characteristics you… Read More»