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How Leaders Diffuse High Emotions

I settled into my American Airlines aisle seat, cracked open my book, and hoped for the space of an empty middle seat on the long Atlanta to LA flight. About five minutes before takeoff, I heard a woman’s voice yelling ‘we paid 65 bucks for seats further back and you have me sitting here, in… Read More…

Girl Bully: Why She’s Hurting Your Business

‘We have a lot of women here. Is that a problem?’ That is the interview question asked by my soon to be first boss. It has stayed in my brain for over thirty years. First, because I couldn’t understand why working with a group of women would be a problem. And later, because it became… Read More…

The heat is on…..how do you lead?

  It rained in LA this year. Not much. But enough for my roof to fall in. Which meant I began a long term relationship with my contractor, Kevin. What seemed like a straight forward repair turned into a torturous journey into the underbelly of keeping a house from imploding on itself….and taking my sanity… Read More…

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team in a High Pressure World

Since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) rocked economies around the world, business has embraced a new dynamism that puts innovation and flexibility on center stage. In the post-GFC world, it was no longer business as usual. Companies had to learn how to do more with less and how to adapt to change in an unstable… Read More…

The Case of the Giant Burrito: Why Leaders Need to Stop Trying to Motivate People

Answer:  What is “Consuming an entire burrito at lunch, which I just did.” Question: What makes it hard for you to stay motivated at work? Yes, that is an actual response I got to that question. Along with “2′ feet of fresh powder’, ‘my boss calling me into his office every 30 seconds after leg… Read More…

To Spot Future Leadership Stars, Think Small

  Identifying and cultivating the next generation of leadership stars is a significant challenge for many organizations. Companies know they have to do it but figuring out just how is the real mind teaser. No doubt that’s why 31% of companies cite ‘identifying future leaders’ as their biggest concern according to a study by Right… Read More…

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