Category Archives: Opinion

What I Learned About Organizational Culture at Summer Camp

By: Bill Palmer Often, individuals in my clients organizations tell me feel that they are prisoners or hostages of their corporate culture.  My experience at summer camp tells me that we can instead be architects of culture. And yet, even … Continue reading

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Balance Yourself, Not Work and Life

Featured in the Huffingpost on February 19, 2012 I love my work. I mean I really LOVE my work. Do you? Are you creative and compelled to excel? Do you find happiness in relationships with your work-friends and colleagues? Do you … Continue reading

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Musings from an Employed “Emerging Adult”

There used to be 4 life stages. Now there are 6… at least according to New York Times columnist, David Brooks. From what I’ve read, and personally observed as a 26-year-old passing through Odyssey, there seems to be 4 major things that define this life stage. Continue reading

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Komen Crisis: How to Kill a Movement

All hell broke loose with the news and the organization found itself on its proverbial back high heel. Other organizations would kill for this kind of engagement and attention. But what did Komen do? They made the two big mistakes so many other leaders of successful companies and organizations have done through the years: the Komen for the Cure leadership took their supporters for granted and are now having trouble admitting they did anything wrong. Continue reading

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Positivity: If this 3 year old can do it, what about you?

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Gratitude (and Gifts): The Parent of All Virtues

Maslow identified this ability as core to the success of self-actualized human beings. When we can experience and express gratitude we see wonder and find joy in even the most mundane things, and in the face of great hardship. Continue reading

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Life Lessons from 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Many of the Challengers we have worked with and researched have said something similar to us about their work in organisational life. Most of them have a story of a defining moment or moments when they stood for something that seemed impossible to achieve; took a position against a greater force; championed an unpopular cause; found a way of living on the edge of the established way of doing things, or accepted being marginalised for the sake of what they wanted to achieve. Continue reading

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How Social Media Has Improved My Relationships or 3 Tips to Appease the Haters

So, this is for Alex (and Dave): An open letter to my beloved friends (or random confirmed haters), written in complete sentences, to help you understand me, my phone, and our relationship. May we meet in the middle. 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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NEWSFLASH: GOOD GUY WINS!

When I speak about emotional intelligence and resonant leadership, I often hear the following comment, “I like what you are saying, but it looks to me that the ones who get ahead are the ruthless ones, the ones that match their strategies to the preferences of the people at the top.”

I know the questioner is wrestling with how to lead from their values and staying true to their beliefs. It may not be easy, but being attuned to your values and being the leader and person you would want your kids to be proud of, does work in business. My former coachee is happy, affirmed, and has no regrets.

As I look back on our many sessions together where he talked openly about his frustration and hurt, I also recall his frequent expression of hope. He believed in the wisdom of his approach to the business, so he persevered and stuck with the company long enough to see his dreams realized. And that makes me happy.
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