Imagine sitting by the campfire after a long day on the trail. You are surrounded by fellow hikers and guides, people who care about the goal, and each other. What would you talk about? What questions would you pose and what wisdoms would you share?
It’s time to reflect and contemplate next moves, study the map, search for the best path, assess the energy of the group. What has changed? Continue reading Welcome to a Fireside Chat for Leaders
Just yesterday a co-worker said “I need to stop saying yes to everyone!”.
Does this happen to you? Do you say yes and later wish you said no? Do you feel like people take advantage of you? Continue reading We teach people how to treat us
Early in my career a mentor advised me to be deliberate about networking.
He said to pay attention to how much time I spend building relationships. Getting things done is important, but taking time to develop a network is just as important. Continue reading Never take your network for granted
Leadership is having the courage to act in a way that shows others that we are willing to take a chance…because the gains are worth the risks and status quo is not an option. Continue reading Act 6: Have Courage
Sometimes people don’t want your advice. They don’t want your sympathy, or a shoulder to cry on. They just want to tell their story.
Instead of cutting them off to give them your solutions, Continue reading Be a friend, listen, then shut up
The secret to leadership is simple. It doesn’t cost anything. You don’t need a degree, certification, or training to be an expert. You can demonstrate this behavior at any age and everyone will know if you are sincere. There’s no faking it.
Continue reading Care enough to know people
Isn’t it funny how some people just seem to make time for things. They mysteriously have more time in their day than everyone else.
It is not a magic trick! It is a deliberate effort to own your schedule. It means putting things that are important first.
Continue reading Make time
Is there someone on your team who often disrupts the meeting? They hijack the agenda for their personal goals at the expense of the team?
Continue reading Don’t enable bad behaviors
Are you thinking of doing something completely different? Maybe starting a new career, having a child, or taking the summer off to travel?
It takes a deliberate effort to freely jump into the unknown. No one can open that door for you. Only you can! Continue reading The door to change opens from the inside
When I get annoyed, aggravated, or angry… my listening skills shut down. I focus my energy on defending my ground. I’m pretty sure the same is happening on the other side.
Continue reading If it gets emotional, shut up
This week I’m at the ODF conference in Ann Arbor, MI where I’m surrounded by professionals who design organizations for a living. It’s awesome being around Continue reading The only thing you can change is you