“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans…
Last week I met with a CEO, Mike, who asked for help with one of his senior managers. The manager, Henry, was a new hire, had an impressive resume and by all accounts was performing well in his new role. When I sat down with Mike, he complained that Henry had ‘Pollyanna Syndrome.’ Mike said, … Continue reading The Power of Perspective
The Impact of Avoidance on a Company. Denial. And no, I’m not talking about the river in Egypt. The word denial tends to bring to mind personal issues. Yet, denial is alive and well in the workplace. Chances are denial brought its good friend avoidance and they could be camping out in offices and cubicles … Continue reading Are You a Management Ostrich?
How Failure Teaches Leaders What Can’t Be Taught. On Saturday, I had the honor of speaking at the Marin Teen Girl Conference. Presented by the Marin Women's Commission, it’s a conference for teens designed by teens to “a safe forum for Marin’s teenage girls to explore their place in the world, gain skills to create … Continue reading The Making of Leaders
Four Leadership Qualities from History’s Great Figures. Great moments in history occur when the seemingly impossible becomes reality. In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood “in the symbolic shadow” of Lincoln and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 2013 and a mere 1.9 miles away, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the President … Continue reading What History Teaches Today’s Leaders