My Attitude of Gratitude

Yesterday was my birthday. I am so lucky to have my birthday during the week of Thanksgiving, (although I admit that as a child I preferred birthday cake to pumpkin pie every time)! One of the special things about having a birthday during this time is that I am able to spend it with my entire extended family in the city where I was born and raised. I appreciate the chance to have the people I love most surrounding me at dinner, offering me their humor, encouragement, and love. At each stage of life, this has been my experience. There …

Meetings: Five Tips to Getting More Done With Less Struggle

Is your meeting communication mysterious? We spend a lot of our time in meetings; so much so that in companies a common complaint is there isn’t enough time to move our projects ahead during the work day. We compensate by working longer days, often bringing home work in the evening or on the weekends. Is this an effective response? Is it even sustainable? Because we spend so much time in meetings, (many of which are dreaded), it would seem that we would have the hang of how to get a lot done in less time. Alas, that’s not always the …

Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from a Leading Blog post. Introducing a new book, Grounded, we are thrilled that it reinforces our approach to developing leaders; it begins with who we are being inside. Everything depends upon that. Good leaders are healthy leaders. We can’t separate our leadership from who we are inside. “Your well-being, success, and organization depend, first and foremost on who you are. You need to examine the internal stuff—what goes on in your mind and heart—before doing anything,” writes Bob Rosen in Grounded. Faced with the speed of change today, staying aligned with who …

Does Your Leadership Reflect Your Intentions?

This month’s theme is about Intention as a leadership practice. I recently visited Bhutan, a fascinating, tiny country in Asia, just south of Tibet and north of India.  Famous for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique architecture, Bhutan was closed to the West until the early 1960’s. Television arrived only a decade ago, and there is still one highway north-south and one east-west with no traffic lights, even in the capital city. Bhutan is well-known for its incredible landscape. Yet for a Westerner, what was remarkable was the prevalence of prayer flags. They are visible everywhere, particularly at high elevations, …

What Scares You as a Leader?

Much of the U.S. is gearing up for Halloween on Friday. I admit that this is not one of my favorite holidays. When my children were young, it had more allure for me than it does now.   In the spirit of the week, we decorate our homes, dress in costume, and have a legitimate excuse to “act up.” This made me think about what scares us as leaders. I have recently returned from a trip to Bhutan, a fascinating country with exquisite natural beauty and architecture, lore and legends, and a unique fusion in the religious practice of superstition, myth …