Scott Mabry

Picture This – Photos as a Metaphor for Life and Work

Morning selfie. Across from the couch where I pause each morning to drink my coffee sits an empty picture frame. It once contained a picture of me from years past. I removed it in frustration a while back because I felt stuck in an identity that I wanted to leave behind. The empty picture frame Continue reading Picture This – Photos as a Metaphor for Life and Work

Stop Managersplaining – Do These 10 Things Instead

manager•splaining The IKWB (I-Know-What’s-Best) manager who enjoys talking in great detail about all the reasons we should follow their advice. Confident that without their profound guidance we will flounder in the simplest of tasks. We are accountable for doing it their way even if it isn’t the best way. The BTDT (Been-There-Done-That) manager who regales us with stories of Continue reading Stop Managersplaining – Do These 10 Things Instead

5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Gratitude

First, don’t confuse gratitude with recognition. Many organizations trot out “recognition programs” that come across as contrived at best and at worst are perceived as biased towards those who know how to work the system or the manager. These programs often end up as an unwelcome administrative task for managers and breakroom joke material for Continue reading 5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Gratitude

Challenging Our Leadership Habits

We’re always looking for a better mousetrap. I share our natural inclination to seek plug-and-play solutions to the challenges and choices we face as leaders. Books, blogs, coaches, and seminars abound with step-by-step recipes for our most complicated problems. The sheer volume of these solutions is pretty compelling evidence that we like to streamline our Continue reading Challenging Our Leadership Habits

Work Should Expand Your Life

“What if we saw work as an essential context for personal growth? And what if employees’ continuous development were assumed to be the critical ingredient for a company’s success?” Does Your Company Make You a Better Person? – Harvard Business Review – by Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, and Andy Fleming The article linked above focuses Continue reading Work Should Expand Your Life