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.

The Flood of Life

The Flood of Life

Maybe it was the cold. It was 12 degrees that day.
Maybe it was distance. I was half way through my 6 mile run.
Maybe it was being alone on a trail.
Whatever it was, I was reflecting on the beauty of what was around me.

Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle

Do you have ever a dream that makes you sit up in bed? Last night was it for me.

Your Relationship Kaleidoscope

Your Relationship Kaleidoscope

Taken from the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, a society of artists who design and create kaleidoscopes, “Kaleidoscopes are portals of remembrance that open onto the familiar, yet unexpected. Allowing the eye to marvel, the mind to explore, and the heart to leap, these mirrored tubes of magic have developed into a specific art form.”

What if we thought about a kaleidoscope in the context of our relationships – they allow the “eye to marvel, the mind to explore and the heart to leap.”

Your Buffet of Choices

Your Buffet of Choices

Choice is a funny thing.
Sometimes we want to choose.
Sometimes we want to be told.

We have to the power to choose nearly every minute of every day. 

A Shot of Courage

A Shot of Courage

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  –Winston Churchill

Have courage…

Steps to the Unattainable

Steps to the Unattainable

“The (one) who pursues the mere attainable should be sentenced to get it… only through the unattainable does a man achieve a hope worth living and dying for – and so attain himself.”
– Eugene O’Neill

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Compassion is Human Business

Compassion is Human Business

Recently, I spent a weekend at a Mindfulness Summit in Washington D.C. As we got through the first half-day, I have to confess, I felt like a fraud. There was a lot of talk of mindful meditation, being present, and yoga – to name a few. How do I practice mindfulness? I don’t. I consider myself mindful person, but practice it on a regular basis? I do not.

Truth and Avoiding It

Truth and Avoiding It

As a loyal University of Kansas graduate and die-hard Jayhawk fan, in my 38 years I have never supported or cheered for anything related to the University of Missouri.

Until now.

Core Practice

Core Practice

I am not that woman gleefully balancing on the gym ball in the ab workout ads. I do not like to do core work. I’m just not consistent. I feel like no matter how many different exercises I do, that little soft squishy mommy belly is not going to go away. I want one exercise for the core to just take care of it.