Ten years ago, I made the fairly radical decision to leave my stable, salaried-with-benefits job to figure out What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.  It turns out that while I still enjoy a good technical discussion, reflecting my engineering background, I also really love developing people, which captures what I loved about…

A new year is a natural time to talk about change.  And directing and enabling change is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader.  In today’s world of global connectedness and always-available and constantly-updated information, it seems like more than ever organizations must be willing and able to adjust to a dynamic environment. …

Mindfulness is seeing increased interest and popularity.  The upside is that “mindfulness” is no longer a fringe word or activity.  The downside is that it has been acquired to mean a range of things, which can be confusing to people who are new to mindfulness.  Even among respected professionals in the field, there are not…

My Fall offering of my on-line ATD class, Essentials of Developing A Mindful Workforce, is wrapping up today, and next week I’ll be speaking at the ATD Talent Next Conference in a two-part session called Bringing Mindfulness To Work.  Both offerings address the two questions that I most often get on mindfulness:  how to bring mindfulness…

I’ll be speaking at the ATD Talent Next Conference in November for a two-part session called Bringing Mindfulness To Work.  The session contains some content similar to that of my on-line ATD class, Essentials of Developing A Mindful Workforce.  Both offerings cover two core topics of growing interest in the business world:  how to bring mindfulness…

In a recent blog post, I talked about how resiliency is a leadership quality given more weight these days. I focused on one aspect of resiliency, effectively dealing with stress. But “resilient” has a broader meaning, which is the ability to handle adversity. There is a natural connection between mindfulness and resilience. People who practice mindfulness…

Leaders know that an important part of their job is to help their employees grow and learn.  And this can’t happen without providing feedback, on what is working well as well as what can be improved.  This doesn’t mean once a year at a scheduled performance review, this means on an ongoing basis.  Giving (and…

The topic of resiliency in the workplace is becoming more popular, and one aspect of resiliency is the ability to handle stress.  Leaders are constantly put in stressful situations, such as tight deadlines, organizational change, and high-stakes decision-making, and our employees experience the same stress.  Stress takes a toll on our mental and physical well-being…

When I speak and write about mindfulness, the question I get most often is, “If I practice mindfulness, what does that get me?” I usually point to the growing body of research that demonstrates the impact of mindfulness.  I also tell people that when they are mindful, they are more present and aware, and this…

Recently, one of my clients said that he wanted to communicate better with his team. Not the kind of “every day” communication to listen and understand, or to set clear goals and objectives – but to get his team energized by his message.  He said, “It seems like other people know how to find just the…

It’s difficult to avoid the topic of trust these days.  Lately it seems like there are ten different sides to every story, and phrases like “alternative facts” have made it into our vernacular.  It’s hard to know what we can count on and who we can depend on.  But given the influence of leaders in…

“Emotional intelligence” is a popular phrase in leadership development.  There are several well-known models of emotional intelligence, and I wrote a summary of them in a previous blog post.  The models have several attributes in common including self-awareness and self-management.  Even though the phrase “emotional intelligence” is used commonly and easily in leadership and workplace…

I’m excited to announce that, through the Association for Talent Development, I’m launching an online class to explain why and how to develop a more mindful workforce.  The first offering is at the end of March 2017 and again in August 2017. To give you an idea of some of the topics that will be covered, I’m republishing the…

The New Year is all about resolutions: changes we will bring about, habits we will implement, and promises we will make, to ourselves and others, about how things will be different. But good intentions are not enough. An estimated two-thirds of dieters gain back the weight they lost, new gym memberships are gathering dust by…

I had dinner with a good friend who recently received a life-changing medical diagnosis. Thankfully, it is does not threaten or shorten his life, although 20 years ago it may have. So it is serious enough that he does require ongoing medical care, and he must be diligent about self-care to keep his condition stable….

One of the most important functions of a leader is to make good decisions. But for a lot of us, making good decisions seems harder than ever. The availability of information has exploded through access to the internet at our fingertips. The growing field of Big Data means nearly anything can be analyzed for insights….

I’m working with two clients who have the same goal – to refocus their time and energy into different areas. One of them is a leader who is trying to spend less time in the everyday operations so he can devote more time to vision and strategy. The other wants to carve out time for…

I returned about a month ago from a trip to Iceland, a week-long motorcycle tour with my spouse and two good friends. The motorcycle trip is an annual event, with a new route and different destinations each time, and we have been all over the United States and abroad. When I reflect on our adventures over…

Much of the discussion around leadership emphasizes the relationship between leader and employee. And yes, this is central to motivating and energizing others to follow you in support of common goals. However, it can be easy to overlook the fact that to achieve common goals, leaders also need to get their employees to work together…

One of my coaching clients was promoted earlier this year. In her new position, one of her priorities has been developing her ability to influence. A recent blog post from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) concurs that influence is a leadership capability that individuals often need help developing. So what exactly is influence, and why…

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