Disruptive Times Call for Compassion, Learning, and Conversations

Posted on March 10, 2021

Leadership in disruptive times is no easy feat. To succeed, leaders, executives, and managers must lead with careful consideration and mindful intention. Richard Boyatzis, a Professor in the Departments of Psychology at Case and Organizational Behavior at Case Weatherhead School of Management writes, along with his colleagues, in the book, Resonant Leadership. Disruptive times call for leaders to support learning and to have compassion, mindfulness to center and calm, and emotionally intelligent conversations. Practice compassion: ...

What Great Leaders Do in Disruptive Times

Posted on February 17, 2021

We’ve moved past the industrial age to the information age, where data, blockchain, and quantum computers may prove to be the great disruptors in every economy, sector, segment, and industry. Understanding the basics of these technologies can help leaders address fears and engage all stakeholders in the development of strategies and tactics for sustainable technologies and disruptive innovations. When this topic comes up in the organizations where I consult, we examine assumptions. What do you ...

When Fear Takes Hold in Organizational Culture

Posted on February 3, 2021

What place does fear have in your organization? A fear-based culture is not always easy to spot, at least at first. When this topic comes up with my coaching clients we discuss indicators to watch for, including: Workers overly focus on daily goals. Supervisors overly focus on results, infractions, and order Problems are ignored Communication is via rumor Uncertainty and suspicion are status-quo Stress and illness are common The blame game (and CYA) run rampant ...

Leadership in the Time of Disruption: The Great Paradox

Posted on January 20, 2021

  Are you a disruptor, or an innovator? Does it matter? Well, consider this: Disruption changes how we think, behave, do business, learn, and live life. Disruptive innovation displaces an existing market, industry, or technology, and produces something new, more efficient, and worthwhile. While disruptors are innovators, not all innovators are disruptors. Researcher, professor, and author Clayton Christiansen described disruptive innovation as a corporate effort to redefine quality, adopt new technologies, and anticipate customers’ future ...

Leadership in the Time of Disruption

Posted on January 12, 2021

In the past decade, we’ve seen remarkable innovations and extraordinary technological advancements change the way we live, play, and conduct business. Today, anyone with a smartphone has access to general artificial intelligence. We can easily manage everyday tasks (Google Assistant), send money (Venmo), travel about town (autonomous taxis in some U.S. cities), and answer our doors—from anywhere (Ring). In the world of sports, racing sailboats have gone from large, single wooden hulls to aerodynamic vessels ...

Don’t believe everything you read on social media and 7 other tough lessons of the decade

Posted on January 12, 2020

This article highlights many lessons learned over the last decade regarding digital technology -- both positive and negative.  A good review of how fast technology is growing and, with that, our growing dependence on it.  Important points here on -  privacy, our health record, news which can be deceiving and, the importance of getting our heads "out of the clouds" to remember who we are and what WE think. The post ends with a great ...

The Only Metric of Success That Really Matters Is the One We Ignore

Posted on October 10, 2019

This beautifully written article reminds us that, no matter how many self-improvement exercises we engage in..."The thing that makes us happiest in life is other people." Learn how one might start building a social network of caring-- as this author did after a loss in her life.

Why Play Should Be a Priority for Every Adult’s Life

Posted on October 10, 2019

    This article is written by a psychologist who studies the "Good Life."  Don't we all want a little more of that? So play, according to research, is not only fun...but play and fun are instrumental to our well being, helps us be more creative, build better relationships and improves our mood. Positive Psychology superhero Christopher E. Peterson put it this way, play is “…a robust predictor of how satisfied we are with our lives.” ...

How to Stop Obsessing Over Your Mistakes

Posted on September 8, 2019

In my experience as a pscycholgoist and leadership Coach, I often hear the challenge successful people have in managing their thoughts around mistakes which they have made.  The pointers given in this brief Harvard Business Review article are timeless and quite effective.  And, to top it off, these "manage your mind around mistakes" methods are founded in social science research.

Be the Authentic Leader Your People Need

Posted on August 13, 2019

  Many leaders are unaware of how their lack of authenticity chips away at people, breeding dissatisfaction, distrust, and disloyalty. Organizational effectiveness and productivity suffer when workers view leaders as inauthentic. One out of three people distrusts his or her employer, according to the 2017 Edelman “Trust Barometer.” Four out of five don’t see authenticity in their leaders’ performance. When only 20 percent of leaders come across as genuine, they risk handicapping their organizations with ...