Category Archives: Leadership

This Is Your Brain on Trauma: Leading and Caring through Crisis by Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD

When I was a kid, the news was an evening affair: my father watched Walter Cronkite before dinner, and read The Wall Street Journal at night. The news was digested before bed, and the workday started without it. Now, news is a … Continue reading

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4 Tips to Demystify the Dread of Networking

For me, networking has always been something I enjoy and have been asked by many colleagues over the years, how it is that I take such delight in going to place I’ve never been, talking to people I’ve never (or barely) met. For them, I have created the following tips based on effective communication skills that go beyond LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading

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Falling to Pieces without Falling Apart

For adults, this kind of event could send us into a downward spiral of epic proportions. This is largely because, unlike this 12-year-old, adults have had years of additional “lessons” that train us to fear revealing any of our imperfections—especially in public. As we age, the messages can drown out our natural inclinations to carry on without skipping a beat after we fall down. So how can we, as adults, embody some of the grace that was manifest in this young gymnast? Continue reading

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The Reciprocity Principle: Followers and Leaders

Resonant leaders and followers are in a reciprocal relationship, each positively influencing and being influenced by the other. Just as a leader has the power to hire, fire, reward, and punish employees, followers have the power to authorize or withhold authorization Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin on Leadership and Life, Reflected upon by Annie McKee

Avoid the Power Trap: “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.” Continue reading

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When Systems Need to Heal: Guidelines for Organizational Mending

If we replace “organization change” with the term “organizational mending,” we give ourselves and the system permission to address both the transactional and the emotional work needed to deal with the past and move forward toward a more hopeful future. Continue reading

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Developing Your Brain Trust: Reciprocity and Trust in Leadership Mentoring

It’s a complex world. Often, it is simply too much to expect a single individual to hold all your mentoring needs. Develop a network of people you trust for high quality knowledge based on expertise in their fields and on personal experience—a “mentoring network,” or a value chain of expertise which you can leverage depending on the context and the task. Continue reading

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The Leadership Moment in Japan

This isn’t just an opportunity for Japanese leaders. Today, leaders everywhere need to step up the kind of conversations we are having about our organizations, and our world. We need to go one step further when we build new routines for a new world. We need to pause and listen. We need to prioritize our time to understand the diversity and enormity of the visions held by people in our organizations for the future. Continue reading

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2011 Spring Trends for Leaders: Polka Dots = Power Spots

Dr. Salacia contends leaders can be 23% more effective if they just stop spending so much time getting feedback on things that don’t really matter. “Forget about competency models,” says Dr. Salacia. “This season’s leader is all about polka-dots (power spots) and long jackets!” Continue reading

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This Is Your Brain on Trauma – Leading and Caring through Crisis (Part II)

What can you do to be an effective leader during a traumatic crisis, even when it’s on the other side of the globe? First, realize, it’s… Continue reading

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