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How to say “I’m Sorry”

2021-05-31T01:01:36+00:00

I, like you, judge myself by my intent. Period. But you, like everyone else, you judge me by my impact. So even when I’m well intended, I can be hurtful or upsetting. It’s just inevitable that I’m gonna upset someone, you’ll upset someone, we all upset someone. And because we’re prone to upset and offend someone we’re in relationship with, we’ve collectively invented THE APOLOGY – "I’m sorry!" Since leadership is rooted in relationship, you’re gonna have to apologize to someone sooner or later. From what I've seen in my own life, and in the lives of dozens of leaders and [...]

How to say “I’m Sorry”2021-05-31T01:01:36+00:00

Culture Never Sleeps

2021-03-08T21:36:03+00:00

We’ll never have to wonder if one leader can affect culture. Just six days after inauguration, the culture of the White House is different. This is a leadership perspective; I’m not baiting any political debate. Culture change is visible. And you too, the leader in your space, are affecting the culture around you, whether or not you’re paying attention to it. And I’m encouraging you to pay attention. Culture never sleeps. Culture never pauses. Culture always exists, and here’s why. Actually, first let’s get personal. You and I have an ego, an aspect of mind that we consider our "self." If [...]

Culture Never Sleeps2021-03-08T21:36:03+00:00

You Will Disappoint!

2021-03-08T21:28:39+00:00

"Sheila is pissed at me," he said. "She wants me to intervene on her behalf, but I'm not going there. She has to figure out how to fight this fight without me hand holding her." Then he went on, "But I tell you, it's bothering me that she's disappointed and pissed at me!" You can relate, right? He hates being perceived as unfair. It reminds me (for a second time in a week) of Abraham Lincoln saying, "You can please some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people [...]

You Will Disappoint!2021-03-08T21:28:39+00:00

Pandemic, Paralysis, & Productivity

2020-04-09T17:43:14+00:00

!! Stop productivity porn !! It’s still too soon for bravado about productivity. We're in week three of isolation, and getting more comfortable with the weirdness. But we're not quite there yet. You're probably working from home, and if you have kids then they're home and you're a full-time professional and teacher, and your normal productivity routines are disrupted. Yes, yes, I know, opportunity and crisis go hand in hand. But right now we still need grounding, healing, and kindness more than we need productivity on steroids. The time for explosive action is near, but not when we're reeling from the [...]

Pandemic, Paralysis, & Productivity2020-04-09T17:43:14+00:00

Fear is Normal! So is Courage!

2020-04-07T16:49:56+00:00

FEAR is an appropriate response right now. Fear is our reaction to threat, and we are threatened in ways we can’t control. Fear sharpens the senses, cuts noise away from signal, and provides a boost of energy for action. Unless you’re sedated, feeling fear is normal. And feel it you must. I’ll come back to that. Panic, over worrying, deep anxiety, incessant fretting, though, is unnecessary. Panic is a selfish impulse that dims your thinking and closes your heart. Panic always leads to unwise and dangerous choices – dangerous to you and others. Panic is an immature indulgence in a time that [...]

Fear is Normal! So is Courage!2020-04-07T16:49:56+00:00

The Blueprint to Conscious Leadership

2019-05-11T00:57:10+00:00

By Eric Kaufmann, President of Sagatica Matt Lehrer, CEO of Teamwork Athletic Apparel, made  it a practice to give low- interest loans  to his employees — more than 500  loans  over 15 years. To get a loan, employees had to create a household budget and share their goals for the loan. But Matt  turned down a loan request from a single  mother of three who wanted the money  to help her ailing mother. Why? Because he was practicing true conscious leadership. As he coached his employee Anna through the application and budget process, they realized three things: she was motivated by [...]

The Blueprint to Conscious Leadership2019-05-11T00:57:10+00:00

Meetings That Shine

2019-04-30T19:53:44+00:00

Nine Practices for a Conscious Leader of Meetings Your meetings are the manifest expression of your culture.Whoa, slow down. Really take this in. This is important.Your. Meetings. Are. The. Manifest. Expression. Of. Your. Culture. Every time you call a meeting, you know, “gather around people,” around a table, a phone or a video call, you put your values, norms, priorities, and leadership on display. A meeting isn’t just a reflection of your culture, it IS your culture. So, as a conscious leader, how can you raise the vibration, improve the connections, and accelerate the positive results of a meeting? To [...]

Meetings That Shine2019-04-30T19:53:44+00:00

Deliberate Practice and the Power of Elearning

2019-03-29T21:43:22+00:00

What is deliberate practice? Do you recall learning to ride a bike? At first, you wobbled and fell and wanted to quit. Most likely, someone taught you how to ride – your dad or mom, older sibling, cousin, or neighbor, perhaps. I first learned to ride with training wheels attached to the rear wheel, and as my confidence and competence grew, the wheels came off. Fortunately, my dad believed in me, practiced with me, and gave me feedback and support. Bike riding changed from awkward to effortless as my skill and experience increased. This is the essence of deliberate practice. [...]

Deliberate Practice and the Power of Elearning2019-03-29T21:43:22+00:00

Leadership Lessons from Tug-Of-War

2019-03-29T21:42:15+00:00

“What am I creating?” is a critical leadership question you must ask yourself every day. The answer shapes your personal productivity, choices and actions. The answer to this question also orients your team’s choices—it creates alignment. The primary reason  for organizations to exist is to harness the collective power of the group. WE can accomplish more than I; our collective efforts are most impressive when they surge forward in unison. Alignment produces a multiplier effect that demonstrates that the whole IS greater than the sum of the parts. Teamwork, however, can also be challenging and frustrating. Teamwork requires that we subjugate our needs [...]

Leadership Lessons from Tug-Of-War2019-03-29T21:42:15+00:00
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