Are You Leading in Innovation?

Today’s leaders are pre-occupied with innovation, and rightfully so.  With a rapidly changing landscape, companies who lead in innovation are likely to survive and thrive.  Vijay Govindarajan, a leading business school Professor and author developed a simple, yet effective approach to leading innovation.  For 35 years, he has used the Three Box Solution framework in working with corporations, and suggests that it can “apply equally well to personal transformation.” In a recent Harvard Business Review article he summarizes his formula:  “This  practical approach integrates (Box 1) current business performance with (Box 2) selective forgetting of the past and (Box 3) creating the future.” He goes on:  …

Are You Practicing Patience as a Leader?

The hot days of mid-summer have me thinking about patience.  As the temperatures rise ever higher, I’ve been thinking about slowing down—moving less quickly and more deliberately.  Maybe it’s the heat, but I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more patient. This week’s Step Up Leader Tip is inspired by David Emerald, author of TED, “The Empowerment Dynamic.”  It reveals the value of cultivating patience as a leadership practice.  We are invited to examine how our reactive habits around “fast-action,” can impede us and others. “From one-minute manager to one-minute workouts to one-minute millionaires (all popped up on a quick internet search …

What’s Even More Important Than Asking “How?”

I coach leaders and their teams, and am continually inspired by the ways in which their learning unfolds.  When clients come to me, they are anxious to get to work to address their pressing business issues, hoping that I may offer them “fixes” or novel solutions.  What they soon come to realize is that they are the true experts in the “how,” while I create space for inquiry around the “what.” Let me clarify.  When leaders are focused on the how, their minds tend to look for solutions in areas where they have familiarity and experience.  This usually doesn’t offer …

Leadership Triggers: Teachers in Disguise?

Triggers.  We all have them.  None of us are entirely immune.  I say “entirely” because there are things we can do to reduce the impact that triggers have on us as leaders.  Triggers are events that stimulate our brain into a reaction—often “fight or flight.”  The brain checks into the memory banks and looks for a similar event that evoked similar feelings.  Often it is an event from our earlier years, one in which the event felt “unsafe.”  We may have felt humiliated, shamed, embarrassed, scared, or angry.  If the intensity of the present event evokes similar sensations, AND you …

Breath and Leadership: Don’t Wait to Exhale

I am a student who is curious about ways to help leaders with more effective performance and joyful living.  As such, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to an area with a proven ability to impact both:  the breath. Did you know that your state of mind is a direct reflection of your breathing patterns?  If you want to change your current experience, change your breath! Think about a baby.  A baby breathes from the abdomen.   Long, slow exhalations, and inhalations that “just happen.”  The baby’s breathing is relaxed.  We all used to breathe in such a way.  Somewhere …