leadership

Apr
06

Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and The Debate Over Working From Home

Last Thursday I got a chance to hear Sheryl Sandberg speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Institute.  Overall I wasn’t surprised by much of the content since I’d already read the book (here’s my review of Lean In).  But at one point Sheryl made a comment that I hadn’t heard before. The […]

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The Pitfalls of Labels

The more time you spend in management or HR, the more you will come in contact with tools like DiSC, Forte, Myers Briggs and Insights Discovery Profiles.  These communication style surveys are great tools for inspiring conversation around how different people work and communicate.  But be careful when you use them because they come with […]

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How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down in a tough patch, we all go through periods […]

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Mar
29

Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I’ve taken quite a few communication style surveys over the last 10 years, and every one pegs me as an extrovert.  I’ll confess that I procrastinated reading Quiet for several weeks even though it was strongly recommended to me by a co-worker who had read it (and who self identifies as an introvert) because I […]

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Mar
27

The Speed of Leadership

Have you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit?  There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.  Maybe another car is blocking you and you can’t move over fast enough.  Maybe your GPS is telling you to go a […]

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Mar
25

If You Think You Are Beaten You Are

My 7th grade English teacher had us memorize this poem and it’s still a great reminder of how important your own attitude, your own will, and your own belief are to your potential for success.  Thank you Mr. Knowlton, wherever you are today. If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you […]

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Leadership Lessons from The Croods

I went to see The Croods with my son this weekend – in case it hasn’t crossed your radar screen, it’s a new Dreamworks movie about a family of cave people.  It was surprisingly funny and surprisingly touching –  definitely worth watching.  The basic plot centers around a family has managed to survive when all their neighbors […]

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Mar
22

Book Review – Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is everywhere right now. Turn on CNN and she’s talking to Soledad O’Brien. Pull up Harvard Business School’s website and she’s the lead story. She’s talking to Oprah.  Her book launch was the talk of the twitterverse and everyone wants to weigh in on whether she’s a genius and an icon of women’s […]

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Mar
19

How to Keep Your Team Motivated – Incentives that Work

Today as I was flipping through my twitter feed I came across a gem of an article on the likelihood of incentive programs to backfire by Dan and Chip Heath.  It reminded me of the old law of unintended consequences.  As a manager when you act, things happen.  Some of them are things you wanted […]

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