Dear Toxic Boss: I’m talking to YOU

All of us have seen them. Some of us have worked for them. Some of us have been them. You know ” them” : the screamer; the humiliator; the total dominator; the letch (male or female); the misogynist; the man-hater; the racist; the narcissist; the incompetent; the ostracizer; the blamer…need I go on? You’re probably reading this because […]

A Tiger in the Forest – Taming Your Team-Busting Employee

Thomas Friedman in  Friedman’s Fables tells the tale of “The Friendly Forest” , a place where all of the animals live happily together until a new neighbor, a ferocious tiger, moves in. The very presence of the tiger disrupts the calm, peaceful atmosphere, especially for the lamb that seems to be the object of the Tiger’s […]

Leadership Lessons from “The Dog Whisperer” – Part 1

I began watching the Dog Whisperer several years ago in the midst of tremendous personal, spiritual and professional change. While we did have a dog for 13 years, I am decidedly not a dog person, yet I found myself riveted to the TV set every Friday, having something inside of me get awakened and healed […]

Courage, Part 2 – If You don’t have it, you can GET it!

A courageous leader knows that there is a cost in genuine leadership Malala Yousafzai is a teenage Pakistani school student who, in retaliation for her high profile campaign for education and criticism of the Taliban, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Thankfully, she survived the  wound and has become a leading spokesperson for human […]

Courage: If you don’t have it, you can GET it – Part 1

One of the most memorable scenes in movie history reminds us that some attributes of character that may not be innate may be acquired. In the case of courage, this is an essential acquisition. The sooner the better! What does a courageous leader look like and how can we become one? One well known leadership […]