ON MY MIND: Wisdom of Improvisation

ON MY MIND: Wisdom of Improvisation

Are you someone who dislikes surprises? Do chaos, messiness, and unpredictability stress you out? Do you find yourself perplexed by and just a bit envious of people who have the capacity to just “go with the flow?” I, for one, do not like surprises or messiness. I’m a...
ON MY MIND: The Art of Self-Repair

ON MY MIND: The Art of Self-Repair

Recently, I discovered Kintsugi, a fifteenth century Japanese art form dedicated to repairing broken ceramics by filling in the cracks with gold. Once the repair is complete, the “brokenness” of the item — its defects — become its source of beauty and...
IN MY EAR BUDS: Work Life with Adam Grant

IN MY EAR BUDS: Work Life with Adam Grant

If you are not an experienced consumer of podcasts, you might want to give one a try. The podcasts I listen to offer me valuable insights about leadership and collaboration. Most are available as a free subscription via an app on your phone. Thinking about them as an...
ON MY MIND: Leading is Convening

ON MY MIND: Leading is Convening

“I-don’t-know.” These are three words that most leaders rarely, if ever, dare utter. Why does the admission of “not knowing” feel so uncomfortable? As a client once shared with me, “A failure to know the answer or offer the solution feels like a failure of my...
ON MY MIND: Masks, Light, and Leadership

ON MY MIND: Masks, Light, and Leadership

I recently facilitated a workshop at the Encuentro Internacional de Equipos de Trabajo —an amazing international conference on best practices and innovations in workplace collaboration. My workshop was called: Taking Off Our Masks to Unleash the Power of Authenticity...
ON MY MIND: Demanding vs. Demeaning

ON MY MIND: Demanding vs. Demeaning

Over the past month I’ve been in very similar conversations with three different clients. They’ve gone something like this: Client: I think some of my people think I’m a real a$$hole. Me: Why might they feel that way? Client: Because before I arrived nobody demanded...
ON MY MIND: Saying a Skillful “No”

ON MY MIND: Saying a Skillful “No”

What makes saying “no” so difficult? First, we all have these archetypal saboteurs that run like tape recordings in our heads. Some of the saboteurs that make saying “no” most difficult include: The pleaser who believes “people won’t like or value me if I don’t meet...