The Tyranny of the Org Chart

The Tyranny of the Org Chart

Org charts are tailor-made to KILL new ideas. Think about it. Picture an org. chart. The org. chart is all about channels up and down. There aren’t even any lines between departments or business lines. It is a tyrannical master – in both perception and in practice.

Leadership in La La Land

Leadership in La La Land

Have you seen the movie La La Land? Did you like it? I did. I liked it for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that there is a scene in La La Land that could have come straight out of Finding Time to Lead. Yes, really.

Take a Breath and Count To Ten

Take a Breath and Count To Ten

“Sometimes you need a friend whispering advice in your ear and telling you to breathe at those most difficult moments in the work when you really need to hear it.”

Someone really nice said that to me yesterday. Great timing as I gear up to simultaneously launch my first book into the world, wrap up a crazy year, plan for an even crazier 2017, and plan for the holidays. So, I’m passing along the advice.

What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

Our personal stories are shaped by many (many!)  factors – where we grew up, how many siblings we have, our ethnic or religious background and culture, our race and gender.  Things we may not even think of.  I happen to be 6’ tall.  Being a 6’ tall woman has shaped my experience in the world in significant ways.

A Shift in Perspective

A Shift in Perspective

Imagine taking a photograph with your phone.

You can see only what’s in the boundary of the camera’s lens. You can zoom in and get closer to the details, but you can’t get a broader view than what’s allowed by the frame.

Ready to Launch

Ready to Launch

For a long time people have been asking me when I’m going to write a book.  Well, it’s finally that time!  On December 15, you’ll be able to download Finding Time to Lead.  I hope you like it.

Normalize Disequilibrium

Normalize Disequilibrium

“The simple and honest process of letting people know that discomfort is normal, it’s going to happen, why it happens, and why it’s important, reduces anxiety, fear and shame.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Don't Go In Alone

Don't Go In Alone

No, this is not a script for a new summer horror flick.  Scarier!  Asking for help.  Isn’t it amazing how often asking for help strikes mortal fear in even the most enlightened leader? What is that fear all about? Has anyone ever actually been fired for asking for help?

Say Something

Say Something

Often, saying nothing is worse
than accidentally
saying the wrong thing.