Making a Friend of My Fears

Better if you get to know them. Because they aren’t going anywhere. They live with you. If you treat them badly, Or try to ignore them, They’ll just act out. And shout. Til you hear them out. I was thinking about fear a lot last weekend. Take your hands off the wheel and fear takes Continue reading Making a Friend of My Fears

Three Treasures to Hold and Keep

“I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy; the second is economy; the third is daring not to be ahead of others. From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity; from humility comes leadership” – Lao Tzu Mercy Leadership demonstrates courage through compassion and forgiveness. By watching some leaders you might Continue reading Three Treasures to Hold and Keep

Leading When You’re Hurting

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” ― John Keats, Letters of John Keats Sadness, discouragement, and disappointment aren’t topics we often discuss in leadership circles but we know from our own experience that these emotions are a part of Continue reading Leading When You’re Hurting

8 Temptations of Leadership

The temptation to fix. It’s hard to resist the urge to intervene. Even when we know the team needs to figure it out, there’s a part of us that wants to ride in on the white horse. Especially when we think we know what’s needed. Choose to let them grow. The temptation to mislead. Just Continue reading 8 Temptations of Leadership

Permission on Purpose – 10 Ways Leaders Can Say “Yes”

Sometimes I have to work hard at giving myself permission. I know this might sound kind of silly, but I’ve found a bunch of rules that got programmed into my brain somewhere along the way and anytime I bump up against them these voices in my head start telling me I’m asking for trouble. While Continue reading Permission on Purpose – 10 Ways Leaders Can Say “Yes”