Speaking of Leadership – 5 Phrases that Connect

One late afternoon, a young woman on my team stopped by the office and asked if she could talk. As she sat down across from my desk I immediately sensed that she was hurting. Her eyes were red and wet with ready tears as she held her notebook in a death grip, hands trembling. I Continue reading Speaking of Leadership – 5 Phrases that Connect

Working in the Midst of All This

It’s a challenge to find some kind of equilibrium in a world that feels ever more unstable and out of control. Sometimes it feels like we’re living on a razor’s edge. We are, of course, only experiencing the latest in a long line of difficult periods in human history. Yet somehow this feels bigger. Perhaps Continue reading Working in the Midst of All This

For One of Those Days

Some days leadership is drudgery. Hard, monotonous work. Some days people bring bundles of problems like gifts, lay them at our feet, and walk away. Some days the decisions go awry and we are left exposed to criticism. All while we are stretched to our limit.   On those days we can feel discouraged. We Continue reading For One of Those Days

The Energy of Encouragement

Leaders don’t just ask people to do things. Or tell them to do things. They help people believe they can do bigger things. And better things. en·cour·age to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something): to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support Encouragement is a form of energy. It opens the Continue reading The Energy of Encouragement

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