Leadership

Stressed Leadership

There’s no shortage of stress in our lives; as adults in 2020, it’s present on our teams, in our organizations, and even in our homes. Because of this, there is no shortage of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, even when we’re not managing our lives and careers through a pandemic. Effective leadership requires a calm…

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Leading with Purpose and Agility

The Army War College coined the acronym VUCA – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity – in 1987, drawing on the leadership theories of Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus to describe or reflect the general conditions and situations of the post-cold war world. Covid-19 has certainly reinforced the concept; for almost all of us, it is…

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Driving Leadership

My fascination with and choice to study psychology in college as an adult student was rooted in the idea that humans are sentient, motivated beings with self-awareness that have the free will to make choices. In my thoughts and words, this means that we all share in having a foundational driving force in our lives…

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Time for Both/And

One recent Saturday afternoon I was walking in a park near my home at the same time as what appeared to be a young girl’s high school sports celebration was taking place. The crowd was within seeing and hearing distance for about a half-mile of my walk. I was aware of a number of different…

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Awareness, Purpose, Discernment, and Action

Effective, scalable leadership begins with awareness – first self-awareness, and then systems awareness. Leaders who evolve over time and remain relevant are consciously aware of the assumptions, beliefs, and thinking that drive their behavior. And because they are open to learning and feedback, they are consistently hearing from others about what’s working and not working…

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Transparency versus Vulnerability

Transparent Leadership Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability has been showing up frequently in the news and on social media. I enjoy her work tremendously and am aligned with much of her research and her vision around what is needed by leadership. I prefer the word transparency rather than vulnerability; vulnerability seems almost too personal for…

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The New Driven Leader

Driven. “Relentlessly compelled by the need to accomplish a goal; very hard-working and ambitious.” Most of the leaders we work with are driven, and that drive brings fulfillment to our mission – that drive, if you will, drives us. Driven leaders are clear about outcomes; they are bold at facing development gaps (most of the…

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The Five C’s of Leadership

I recently came across yet another book about leadership, written by a former college president and an assigned reading from my daughter Sophie’s freshman year of business school. When I inquired if she would mind if I borrowed the book, I also asked what she thought about it. Not unlike her father, she is quick…

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Mind Reader

Whenever our family watches a superhero movie, inevitably we ask each other, “What would you want your superpower to be?” My wife always chooses the classic ability to fly. My son invariably requests multiple powers so he doesn’t have to choose, while my answer has always been the ability to read the bad guy’s mind….

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Inner Inspiration

A podcast, an article, and a book: Finding inner inspiration out there In the recent weeks of quarantine living and Zoom working, I’ve realized how much inspiration can be found in our quiet moments of self-care – those activities in which we engage to both relax and re-energize. Those activities, for me, typically include listening…

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