Choosing to Lead is the Only Way Organizations Work

We’ve all been there. The well intentioned get together with a group who aspires to do better. It could be in starting a new project with work colleagues or a volunteer organization getting ready for a new year, whatever the setting the experience is familiar—an earnest trainer brought in to lead the group on setting Continue Reading..

Why Choose to Lead?

My career is dedicated to the passionate cultivation of leadership excellence. During my two-plus decades of study, practice and innovation on the subject, I believe now more than ever the choice to lead is an imperative for our future success—individually and collectively. When a colleague passed along a recent blog about Stanford Professor, Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Continue Reading..

Being A Better Person

There are the moments in life when we experience “being in the zone.”  It might be the perfect golf swing that lands the tiny white ball in the middle of a luscious green fairway.  It could be a sales pitch where the words fall effortlessly from our mouth at the right time and with the perfect tone Continue Reading..

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

As summer has ended and rolled into fall, the headlines are filled with much disturbing news from around the globe. Domestic violence among elite athletes, terrorist groups broadcasting atrocities, heads of state fanning the flames of war, the continued spectacle of the dysfunctional American political system, draught, earthquakes and hurricanes. It is enough to make Continue Reading..

My Wish For Every Student: Part I

It is that time of year when the weather warms and those in classrooms begin longing for days of unfettered freedom.  Too often experiencing the school setting as suffocating rather than exhilarating, students, teachers and administrators alike are stuck in system that is decaying, and the only “answers” are to rearrange the content delivery instead of Continue Reading..

Why Leadership Coaching Is For Everyone

My morning started with an e-mail from a client who is a federal government analyst, upset about a missive from her training department eager to check-off their employee development box with a variety of offerings.  The catch?  Leadership development was restricted to “managers only.”  I guess it is time for the feds to understand what Continue Reading..

Chopped: A Winning Recipe for Success

I must admit that a guilty pleasure of mine is the Food Network show Chopped.  Hidden among the culinary battles for Chopped Champion are some of life’s greatest lessons on success.  I love the twisted mystery baskets of ingredients, the seemingly impossible time limits and the lofty expectations of the judges (sound like life?). But what I Continue Reading..

Take the stories of Women beyond March

In 1987, Congress for the first time designated the month of March Women’s History Month.  For the next 26 years Congress has continued to pass authorizing legislation allowing the President to declare March Women’s History Month.  This time provides us an opportunity to remove the filters and add perspective to our histories, our familial stories Continue Reading..

What’s Wrong with Being Wrong Sometimes?

Albert Einstein’s genius is so highly regarded that he remains an iconic symbol 59 years after his death and the references to intelligence at the mere mention of his name have become a part of our vernacular.  Yet, in a story by NPR Einstein’s Lost Theory Discovered . . . And Its Wrong (  not Continue Reading..

Leadership Connection’s Fast Facts: Seven Stages of Team Development

            THE INDIVIDUAL:  Anchors activity in his/her leadership Owns the talents and strengths s/he brings Embraces the passion that powers his/her participation Makes the connection between his/her contribution and the mission of the team     THE TEAM: Communicates its mission and purpose to members and external audiences Examines challenges Continue Reading..