LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

How to Overcome the Distraction of Compassion

Distracted leaders are octopods spinning like tornados with sucker-filled tentacles clinging to ‘important’ trivialities.You can’t go eight directions at the same time and make meaningful progress. The centrifugal force of distraction drives leaders toward triviality,...

Searching for the “Just Right” Leadership Approach in this Era

For hundreds of years, individuals known as alchemists searched in vain for the mythical Philosopher's Stone, a substance that was imagined to have the properties essential for turning basic medals into gold or generating the elixir of immortal life. Today's...

You’ve Lost Your Sense of Control. Now What?

Your sense of control as a leader is in jeopardy these days. How can you feel in control faced with the uncertainties of a global pandemic, racial upheaval, epic environmental events, impending (or current) economic disaster, limited resources and a workforce living...

10 Strategies To Avoid Sabotaging Your Career

How many times have you resolved to improve your work habits and set goals? Or how often have you promised to stop procrastinating before a deadline but end up getting sidetracked? Or perhaps you promised to eat healthier, lose weight or exercise more then a month...

How to Help a Manager Who’s Struggling, Right Now

Not surprisingly, in the last few weeks I’ve been contacted by board and C-level leaders, asking how they can rally and galvanize managers who appear to be buckling under the pressures and disruptions of the pandemic. These clients are grappling with issues like...

The Kind Of Leader We Need Now

A CEO I’m working with shared a very powerful story with me recently. One of his employees sent him an email the day after the tragic killing of George Floyd. It was a short email. The employee simply asked him what he was going to do about the situation. The CEO’s...

Why Crisis can Provoke Ideas and Innovation

Many companies and thousands of researchers are working on vaccines for COVID-19. Never before in the history of medical science have so many different teams, many from competing companies, come together to work for a common cause. And academics from the University of...

Careers in Crisis: Developing Employees Despite the Chaos

We’ve all seen the memes and jokes online: "If 2020 was a pinata, it would be a hornet’s nest." "If 2020 was a slide, it would be an oversized cheese grater." "If 2020 was a drink, it would be colonoscopy prep."Add to that, "If 2020 was a career, it would look a...