People Are the Real Bottom Line

The Tokyo Olympics is in full swing, and I am loving every second of it. Of course, the big news of this year’s games has been U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Most people expected her to make history in Tokyo by standing on top of the podium six times, sporting all six women’s artistic gymnastics gold … Read more

Leaders Project Confidence and Humility

Because I’m a big proponent of The Ideal Team Player, with humility chief among its virtues, I worry people might think the concept of projecting confidence flies in the face of being humble. The opposite is true, however. Humility and confidence go hand-in-hand.  One way to immediately see the connection is to tie humility to … Read more

Leaders Share Resources Instead of Hoarding Them

I once thought I was reassuring my employer’s one tech person when I told her, “I’m pretty savvy, so I installed my own printer driver updates. You can skip my computer.” To my surprise, she responded, “Okay this time, but please don’t let anybody know. Knowledge is power, and I need to make sure my … Read more

Leaders Are Open to Seeing Their Blind Spots

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve wanted to merge into an adjacent lane on the interstate. We do our due diligence by checking our mirrors and being aware of our surroundings. When we see the coast is clear, we begin to merge. Then we swing back into our original lane as the horn … Read more

Leaders Understand the Boundaries of Authenticity

Phil Hartman was one of my favorite comedians, actors, and SNL players. Over the course of his career, he started playing a lot of characters with radio announcer voices, like Troy McClure on The Simpsons. On a Mother’s Day episode of SNL, Phil asked his mom something like, “Mom, I was wondering, what does my … Read more

The Complexity of Change, Uncertainty, and Anxiety

Human beings don’t like uncertainty. Uncertainty brings with it a higher possibility of change, which humanity also doesn’t like. “The way it has always been” is a source of security and comfort; it quells our natural anxiety and makes life predictable. Change is difficult, because we unconsciously believe longevity equals good or best. The opposite … Read more

The Best Leaders Persist

What do you get when you plant tulip bulbs? Tulips. What do you get you plant marigold seeds? Marigolds. What do you get when you plant nothing? Nothing. Right?Wrong. You get weeds. Right now, the weeds are coming in, and they’re coming in strong. You can’t pull all the weeds one day, then sit back, … Read more

Good Leaders Acknowledge Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is real. But when I see it in action, I feel paralyzed. Because I know I can overstep, with good intentions. When this overstepping happens, it pushes down other voices, rather than lifting them. In this scenario, I’m taking the stage and positioning myself as the savior. I understand I have a propensity … Read more

Practice Leadership While in Traffic

When presenting the Four Levels of Maturity as a way to adopt an others-focused mindset, I often joke that traffic is a great place to observe these levels in self and others. Maybe, though, it’s time to take it from a joke to a tool. For example… Level One is the person recklessly weaving in … Read more

Core Value: We are Accountable, Responsive, and Timely

We are accountable, responsive, and timely. Each of our values needs to make us somehow distinctive, and it needs to have behaviors that we use internally, as well as with clients and partners. One of my favorite questions to ask workplace teams is, “Around here, what is the expectation for email and voice mail response time?” … Read more