Who’s Borrowing Your Strength?

Think of the person on your team whose actions or inactions are garnering them negative publicity. You know the person—the one your colleagues and leadership team keeps worrying and complaining about. In your mind, you hear yourself thinking— “If they’d just be quiet long enough they’d get the answer they’re looking for.” “Don’t they know they should take ownership of Read More >

Ask This Question Before Giving Critical Feedback

Considering the potentially negative impact of critical feedback, it’s not surprising that many people avoid giving it altogether. Or, they give it anonymously, relieving themselves of any potential discomfort instigated by the feedback. But is such an approach helpful or harmful? Several months ago, I listened as Tracy, an executive at an engineering firm, shared about the devastating impact of Read More >

How To Increase Your Return On Investment

What happens when things don’t go as planned—with a project, new hire, or even a vacation? How do you shift quickly and allow the plan to unfold for you, rather than use up time and energy frustrated with unexpected challenges. Also, how do you get your team to shift quickly? Train in uncertainty. Become masterful at shifting quickly to capitalize Read More >

How Wise Leaders Keep Their Team Engaged

We know that people who care about their work are more productive, recruit other great people, stay with the company longer, and speak positively about their experience with the company. Yet, few leaders have mastered the skills necessary to keep their team engaged and contributing to their capability. Why is that? Why is it that a full 87% of the Read More >

16 Confidence-Building Habits You Need to Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine

“At ease with herself, the Master puts everyone else at ease.” –Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching Perfectionism and fear of failure have pushed me to sabotage remarkable opportunities in my career. The problem was that I didn’t catch my fear until after I successfully lost the opportunity. It was infuriating and paralyzing—I had to do something to shift the direction Read More >

How To Hire The Best Employees

Ever wonder what some companies and leaders are doing that leads to a continual influx of top-notch candidates? If you do, you’re not alone. Even the very best leaders are consistently seeking to improve in the area of recruitment, retention and engagement. There are a number of reasons talented people flock to companies like Honest Tea, Google, Amazon, and Menlo Read More >

Get Your Team to Stop Arguing and Start Collaborating

Ever find yourself spending gobs of time playing mediator between teams, wishing they would find a way to work together? If they just understood each other, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and energy helping each side understand the other. You’re ready to free yourself of having to deal with these constant misunderstandings, but you’re just not sure Read More >

How To Find The Right Person For The Job

Ever find yourself scratching your head in disbelief just months after hiring the person you thought was the perfect fit? “They were eager, skilled, and even came highly recommended,” you thought to yourself, “Why are (or aren’t) they doing____?” you lament, frustrated with them. Of course, the experience is equally unnerving for the person who accepted the position— “Why did Read More >

The Purpose of Pain—Using Rage To Heal… TEDxTalk

In June of 2016 I received a call from Helen, the woman responsible for TEDxUMD 2017. A mutual friend recommended me as a speaker, and Helen wanted to know if I would be interested in delivering a TEDxTalk on February 18, 2017. “Absolutely,” I responded, “Delivering a TEDxTalk is on my bucket list.” “Great! What’s your topic?” Helen asked. Considering Read More >

A Simple Practice To Stand Out As A Leader

Like all skills, qualities and attributes, being seen as the person capable of getting the job done can be as simple as counting the number of times you hear the question, “Do you work here?”—Or, even better—“Are you the manager?” when you’re just another customer. After finishing up a swim workout, I jumped out of the pool, dried off, gathered Read More >