Anger: Transforming Its Poison Into Positive Connection

Anger: Transforming Its Poison Into Positive Connection

Like most of you, I feel incredibly upset. I am disturbed by the horrific violence playing out in my home country (USA) and around the world. I am distraught by the political energies exacerbating our collective strife, rather than the use of politics to build bridges, heal our conflicts, and help people rise to new […]

3 Strategies to Unleash Your Potential as Leader & Whole Human Being

3 Strategies to Unleash Your Potential as Leader & Whole Human Being

  If you think of yourself as a leader, generative questions like this one motivate you. Thirty years ago, leaders managed human energy; today effective leadership is all about liberating it. Why? Because for work to get done you must inspire innovation, collaboration, and learning across geographies and worldviews with a scale we could barely […]

Stop Action Real-Time For Better Results? Here Are 3 Ways That Work.

Stop Action Real-Time For Better Results? Here Are 3 Ways That Work.

One of your roles as leader is to create the conditions where people, including yourself, can show up at the wisest and best. This is a strategic charge, yet most often brought to life in the daily realities of the job. Because it is in those everyday moments that some of the most powerful leadership […]

The Economies That Creativity Built: 4 Provocative Ideas

The Economies That Creativity Built: 4 Provocative Ideas

We are a planet of 7 billion potential innovators. Studies of human development, such as those shared in this terrific Crash Course Big History, highlight major epochs we’ve undergone—from foraging peoples and agricultural societies to the industrial revolution and today’s digital age. With each transformation, we’ve reinvented our worldviews, our values and motivations, and the […]

Your Inner Game Runs Your Outer Game (and Other 15 Mind-Shifting Leadership Quotes)

Your Inner Game Runs Your Outer Game (and Other 15 Mind-Shifting Leadership Quotes)

Thriving leadership is about getting results in a way that uplifts the capabilities and vitality of people and whole systems, empowers trust and partnership, and repeatedly delivers great performance. It is also about the conscious practice of evolving. Why? To be effective, it is no longer adequate to merely widen your skills by adding new […]

Rewiring Yourself For Better Leadership & A Healthier Life: The Power of Self-Observation (Part 2)

Rewiring Yourself For Better Leadership & A Healthier Life: The Power of Self-Observation (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, we explored how self-observation is a powerful tool for rewiring yourself for better leadership and a healthier life. Now the question is: How do you become a better observer of yourself? Start with the amazing domains of you You are a living laboratory for learning! As a human being, […]

Rewiring Yourself For Better Leadership & A Healthier Life: The Power of Self-Observation, Part 1

Rewiring Yourself For Better Leadership & A Healthier Life: The Power of Self-Observation, Part 1

The Downward Spiral (oh, how we’ve all been there!) “Doesn’t your team know how to accomplish a simple task without complaining?!!” Ricardo shouted. “Don’t use that tone with me!” retorted Martine. “If you’d have only let me pull the team together I saw fit, we wouldn’t have these morale problems in the first place!” As […]

The Existential Fuel of Leadership? A Meaningful Purpose

The Existential Fuel of Leadership? A Meaningful Purpose

A few days ago, Sonya, a senior leader from a food services organization, asked to talk about the next phase of her career. She explained that her energy was waning, her enthusiasm was lacking, and she often showed up to work feeling dispirited. Her old strategies for pumping herself up no longer seemed to work. […]

The Magic of Executive Presence: Do You Have The IT Sought By Great Organizations?

The Magic of Executive Presence: Do You Have The IT Sought By Great Organizations?

There is a mysterious element of leadership—your ability to engage, inspire, and influence people—that frequently goes by the name “it.” You can call it charisma, I sometimes call it executive presence, but “it” always has a certain misplaced aura of magic. Most recently I was asked about “it” by a global finance leader who called […]

Ready To Fully Engage In Life And Leadership? Disengaging First May Be The Key

Ready To Fully Engage In Life And Leadership? Disengaging First May Be The Key

My husband and I recently decided to do a 40 mile bike ride together, hills included. The kicker? We agreed to a goal for sustainable performance, that is, we committed to end the ride with almost as much energy as we started it. Usually I’m dog-tired at the end of a ride this long, but […]