Taking responsibility

Taking Responsibility On my way to work recently I heard three ads for services that sparked a deep concern. They were for services to get your debt slashed significantly – to “pay less than you owe”. Before you get indignant and decide to fire off a steaming email to me about my ‘lack of sensitivity […]

Team Dynamics and the Beast Named ‘Good Intentions’

I’m an optimist. I often say that “Most people don’t get up in the morning with the express purpose of trying to ruin your day.” And I believe that it’s true. So how does it happen that so many times is is easy to feel like that is exactly what is happening – and it’s […]

A killer competency of leadership – listening

Recently I read a post tied to a video called “I am a Boxer”. It was particularly poignant because over the holiday weekend I had been told by two men what a feminist was. Both of these men were over a decade older than I am. And from where I am sitting I believe that […]

The Sanctioned Pilot: Implementing organizational improvements through change management

NOTE: in 2015 I will be focusing on more practical applications of leadership – regardless of hierarchical level – true leadership in action. As a start of that focus I welcome your comments on The Sanctioned Pilot. Those of you who have attempted to implement change management in your organization can understand how challenging and […]

The power of quiet grace

It has always been my contention that the best leaders always remember that nothing happens without other people.  Sometimes it is hard to remember that the leaders must also take into account that they, too, are people. And at times it might be difficult for those who look up to leaders to remember that.  I […]

Cross-Cultural – Cross-Purposes

Cross-cultural communications is a hot topic for businesses for an interesting reason:  Businesses and the people in them are convinced that if they could just surmount the huge challenges offered in a cross-cultural environment they could make teams and strategies soar. Really? One of the major challenges of your personal and professional leadership is the […]

Cameraman or First Responders?

It has been a long time and my person struggle with some of my leadership dilemmas have been my focus. Right now, however, I cannot let a recent incident go. A young father, a soldier, lost his life on a street in south London while people were in the vicinity.  After viciously stealing the life […]

Lessons learned about walking my talk

There we were, a bunch of speakers in one room, starting a new program to teach us about the business of the speaking business. And they announce that we will work in teams and will need a team leader.  Before I can stop myself I mutter “Not me – I don’t think I have the […]