Say the Thing That Needs to Be Said

Saying the thing that needs to be said is easier said than done.  Whether we’re putting ourselves out there by expressing a unique idea, pointing out an obstacle that is getting in someone’s way, or holding others to shared standards that it appears they’re falling short of, a whole host of scary “What if’s…” start … Continue reading Say the Thing That Needs to Be Said

Want to Grow as a Leader?  Here’s One Way to Ask Your Team For the Feedback You’ll Need. 

As a leader, everyone on your team has created an impression of who you are and how you operate.  Some of it is based on their own experience, some of it is based on rumor, all of it is subject to their unique perception.  Whether the picture being painted is rosy or thorny, true or … Continue reading Want to Grow as a Leader?  Here’s One Way to Ask Your Team For the Feedback You’ll Need. 

That Time When You Know You Should Go Out and Get Feedback, Yet You Don’t. 

In our lives we often know what is “good for us,” and yet we don’t do it.  Eating healthy. Getting enough sleep. Disconnecting with our phone and connecting with loved ones instead.  As a leader, you may know it is “good for you” to go out and get feedback from your team - sustaining a … Continue reading That Time When You Know You Should Go Out and Get Feedback, Yet You Don’t. 

Humility, Curiosity, and Getting On the Same Page

In my role as a leader, a partner, a mom, and a person on this earth, I am constantly in danger of believing that: I know more about a problem presented to me and how to solve it than anyone else in it. I know more about what is needed for a project or initiative … Continue reading Humility, Curiosity, and Getting On the Same Page

Author Daniel Coyle on the Power of Connection and Belonging Cues

Daniel Coyle's book The Culture Code shot up to my #1 recommended book for all people who have to work with other people (especially leaders) the minute I put down the first chapter.  It's filled with entertaining and thought-provoking stories of teams - PIXAR, Navy Seals, Upright Citizens Brigade, Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality, jewel … Continue reading Author Daniel Coyle on the Power of Connection and Belonging Cues

Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

That time when you connect with individuals on your team and find out that connection is high on their list of must-haves at work... Fall 2018 Check-In’s At Pizzeria Lola by Nick Smith, Assistant General Manager at Pizzeria Lola, 11/8/18 Starting in early September, our leadership team here at Lola set out on a project … Continue reading Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

The Human Need for Connection

"Connect With People Frequently" is the first of Vestalia's five Leadership Essentials.  Taking the time to sustain a relationship with your team members where you both feel acknowledged, supported, encouraged, and celebrated as individuals doesn't just satisfy organizational goals, it fulfills basic and intense human needs built into our very DNA. In the following article, … Continue reading The Human Need for Connection