“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ― J.M. Barrie Every day more news of some powerful man or woman humiliated by the revelation of a story they believed they could hide or a problem they did not want to admit. It didn’t have to end that way. At some point in their lives, perhaps … Continue reading Humility is Inevitable. Humiliation is Optional.
That moment you realize that the words coming out of your mouth belong to someone else. I remember one of those moments. I sat across a table from the new CEO. Just the two of us. His question felt like a fist to my stomach. “What do you think about the new team?” To be … Continue reading Speaking of Leadership – Speak Your Words
Leadership is often born out of frustration. The result of a deep dissatisfaction with how things are and a burning desire to instigate change. So that’s a good thing, right? Yet the very act of stepping up to deal with the source of your frustration brings you into contact with new obstacles. While some forms … Continue reading Beyond Frustrated
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
Effective leaders bring their beliefs into the open. Our actions may be confusing or appear contradictory if we leave it to people to guess our intentions. When we help others understand the beliefs behind our motives and actions we give them the benefit of context and build trust. To make this possible there are important … Continue reading Let Them See What You Believe