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
I faced this question during my morning reading and reflection time. On one level it seems very straightforward. Most of us hope to make our lives better or at least it would appear that way given the volume of self-improvement titles in circulation. So, the premise is simple. Right? You should want to get better … Continue reading What are you willing to do to make your life better?