Are You an Evolutionary Leader?

What’s the one thing of which we can be certain?  Change is happening and is a constant.  The question is: “How are you leading in relationship to the rapid rate of change?”.  Are you evolving faster than the environment around you?  If you answered negatively or are unsure, you may want to learn more about the Darwinian Law of Organizational Survival. I recently heard a talk by Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at the University of Reading, U.K. He stated that there are three aspects of systemic change that determine an organization’s ability to survive (and thrive). Organizational learning must …

Leadership Lessons from an Exceptional Rwandan

This week we feature leadership wisdom from an extraordinary young Rwandan woman, Nadine Niyitegeka. She is a staff member and graduate of The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda. Nadine has been touring the U.S. for 9 months as an Akilah Ambassador, representing her alma mater and her country. Nadine is one of those remarkable human beings whose beauty, intelligence, and determination draw you in. While hosting her at my home last weekend, we spoke about her perspective on leadership. She survived the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, yet lost many family members. What follows are her words of wisdom …

What is mindful leadership and why does it matter?

Reposted from my Conscious Shift Magazine article. Our theme this month is mindful leadership.  What is it exactly and why should you care about it as a leader. Mindfulness seems to be everywhere.  Books, articles, and videos tout the benefits of mindfulness.  Although the topic is “hot”; attaining it seems elusive for many people.  We are comfortable with its absence. We are constantly multi-tasking, plugging into our electronic devices anywhere and everywhere, texting during meetings; both in-person and on the phone.  We are addicted to everything but mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply the experience of being in the moment and being present …

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

  This week’s “Step Up Leader Tips” borrows from Leading Blog. I chose this topic because it is one of the most frequently requested topics in my coaching sessions with leaders; increasing productivity without increasing hours worked. I would add that obtaining crystal clarity on vision, objective and goals precedes your ability to work with the 5 choices model effectively.   “The 5 Choices is a nuts and bolts solution to greater productivity.” Ironically, while we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity, we spend almost half (40%) of our time attention and energy on unimportant or irrelevant activities almost …

What Walking a Labyrinth can Teach us About Leadership

The labyrinth is a unique and absorbing invention. They have been used for thousands of years throughout the world, in different cultures and religions. The simple act of walking a labyrinth can shift ordinary linear perception because they are designed along curving circuits. Usually the walker can see the center, yet because there are many turnings along the way, your sense of time and space is altered. You may feel close to the center, yet in the next moment feel far away. It can be disorienting and orienting at the same time. It is training for your brain and body …