What Size is Your Leadership – Part 1- The Kayak

The Kayak Many years ago, a certain candidate – the former mayor of a small town – was tapped as a vice-presidential running mate for a popular senator’s bid for president. It soon became clear that she lacked the depth of experience or breadth of knowledge to make it through a press conference without major […]

“Salute the Rank -Not the Wo/Man “

Leadership Lessons from HBO series Band of Brothers – Part 2 Preview(opens in a new tab) Captain Sobol refuses to salute Major Dick Winters, who used to be his subordinate. What is your reaction when you must work with a boss who you know is a lowdown, dirty, unprincipled, canine? (I would never call a […]

The Charisma Trap

Teacher: Describe the qualities of a leader Classmate raises hand: “Oooo oooo pick me!” “Yes?” “They’re tall, athletic build, dress nicely, good looking. Usually male, could be female, white..” “That’s all external. What about internal characteristics? The other classmate raises hand “They are charismatic!” “Now that’s the answer I was looking for. Well done” Pretty […]

Diving In – (Just Jump, part 2)

My very first post in 2014, Just Jump, I detailed my experience facing one of my fears as a 50+year- old: Jumping off a 3 meter diving board. I said jumping. Feet first, not diving. It took me till about 50 to even jump off of a low diving board. Yes, I could swim, but […]

Just Jump! Why I Force Myself to Jump off the High Dive Board

This is a repost from 2014. There is now a sequel, Diving In.  P.S. These are NOT my feet!;) Several years ago I realized that fear of conflict with certain individuals was holding me back from being the person I wanted to be. It was like fearing a shadow when the shadow appears 10 times […]

Want to be Great? Let your team members soar

Sid Daniels is an assistant Vice President for a company that employs 7,000 people nationwide. He has two veteran deputies below him who have proved their competence over a decade of service, providing IT solutions to local businesses as well as internally. Yet Sid, while using his deputies to cover for him in explaining technical information at board […]

Facing off with your Passive-Aggressive Managers

You might be a C-Suite level boss with many managers below you. Many in your management pool may carry over their personal dysfunctions into their work life. Truly, “Who you are is how you lead”.

Reverse-Engineering Your Worst Management Disasters

Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object.  – WhatIs.com Reverse engineering our disasters means really examining them, rather than sweeping them under the rug in embarrassment.We may be leaders. We may be managers, even at a high level. But being human, we will […]

Emotions at work: A great servant but a TERRIBLE master

Scenario: You wind up in the COO’s office for the umpteenth time for “the talk”. You are once again upbraided for your reactiveness at a recent team meeting. You know they’re right, but begin your defense with, “I know I shouldn’t have said that, but he just made me sooo (fill in the blank here)! […]

Gratitude – Humility that makes you Great

I received an unexpected blessing today when a young woman cashier at a bakery called me “mom” and said, “And you are mom because you paved the way for young (African-American) women like me. Thank you.” I was blown away and humbled by her lovely sentiment, the graciousness and self-awareness she displayed and the simple, yet […]