Category Archives: Leadership

A Healthy Culture Begins With You

I recently heard a talk on “Health Cells and Healthy Cultures” by Judith Glaser, author, executive coach and organizational anthropologist.  Judith’s core message is that cultures are determined by relationships and relationships come from conversations. Therefore, having healthy conversations can literally change the DNA of an organizational culture.  I couldn’t agree more.  I appreciate her work.  In working with leaders and teams, we deploy many of these same principles.  The result is that they are consciously creating trusting cultures that get results in a healthy way. Glaser explained that in biology, as in organizations, there are two kinds of cells …

What Gets In the Way Of Your Being Original?

I’ve been thinking a lot about being innovative, creative and original. Fortunately, I’ve recently come across a book with a truly extraordinary perspective on the topic.  For life-long learners in leadership, it should be placed near the top of your “must-read” list.  The book is titled “Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant. There is so much written about the topic, but I doubt if you’ll find anything more “original” than this book.  As a social scientist, the author rigorously integrates research findings across multiple disciplines to make his point–that we are all capable of being a champion …

Slow Down. You Move Too Fast.

Remember the 59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy) song from Simon and Garfunkel? The lyrics may seem a far cry from relevance for leadership, yet I don’t believe it is.  Take a look. Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy. Hello lamppost, What cha knowing? I’ve come to watch your flowers growing. Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me? Doot-in’ doo-doo, Feelin’ groovy. Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning …

Are you following the 4 rules for getting valuable work done?

This week’s Step Up Tips focuses on an area of leadership that many find challenging:  how to do deep work in the face of overwhelming demands on our time.   We borrow from Leading Blog, in which the book by Cal Newport, Deep Work is highlighted. “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. TO THRIVE IN the new economy—the current information economy—you need to …

How to stop chasing your tail: a truthful tale of leadership discovery

This week’s “Step Up” Tip focuses on a pervasive problem many leaders face:  the proverbial “tail-chasing” syndrome. The “Chasing Your Tail” Situation In this story, our character, Brian, is clear about what he wants.  He is reeling from being out of balance, working harder and longer, yet unable to complete things without a struggle to the finish. He has insomnia at times, and lacks the time to take care of people and tasks that are important to him.   He finds himself interrupted frequently and distracted throughout the day. He is getting tired quickly, and experiences burnout and exhaustion.  Moreover, he …