When someone’s behavior is causing tension, fear can easily get in your way of having an honest conversation with them about how they’re showing up. While you might generate your own unique set of fears for the situation you’re in, there is one that pops up often: What if it goes horribly wrong and I … Continue reading Resilience is the Result of Saying the Thing That Needs to Be Said
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.
Want a work environment where people are open and honest with you, and feel free to share ideas that contribute to the well-being of you, them, the team, and the business? Have we got an invitation for you: Are you already successfully doing this a lot with your team, and what's the effect? … Continue reading Go Out and Get Feedback
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
Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower) is a short film by Swedish documentary filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. It's a powerful, riveting 16 minutes that explores a broad range of human behavior and emotion with cameras focused on a single act: jump off the diving board or don't. Check out this link to the original New York Times opinion piece … Continue reading Ten Meter Tower
Tomorrow, on our official "Wednesday Leadership Article" day, I'll be sending out a piece that has a more nuts and bolts, immediately applicable approach to understanding how to empower someone or get empowered. Please stay tuned for that! Today, I'm adding to the collection of stories we've been sharing that highlight different perspectives on empowerment from … Continue reading How My Inner Fixer Thwarts Empowerment (and what I’m doing about it)
Last week I promised a closer look at how different types of conversations show up in Vestalia’s culture. It seemed like an easy task, after my 7th draft came up short of where I want it to be I’m acknowledging that the task is, in fact, not easy. I’m going to keep working on it … Continue reading Pause and Play
A key cornerstone of shared, facilitative leadership is that you use your power to empower. Creating opportunities for your team members to learn, grow, share ideas, affect change, and exercise their own decision-making is imperative to creating a high performance team. This is a marked shift from the management-mindset that we've all grown up with, … Continue reading How Humble Leadership Really Works