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October 30, 2019
leading-resilience

The Resilient Leader: inspiring agile achievement

What is Resilient Leadership? At Conversant, we think of resilience as the ability to turn stress and disappointment into strength, achievement and joy. Leading change in […]
October 23, 2019
strategy-story

Finding it challenging to engage people in your strategy? Trust the force…

A common complaint we hear from CEOs is, “I don’t get why people keep saying they don’t understand our strategy. I talk about it all the […]
October 17, 2019

Watch This Space: Emerging Leaders at Work

A few months ago, Conversant engaged in an informal discussion about the exact meaning of the term “Emerging Leaders.” What does it mean to be an […]
September 29, 2019

Moving from a Siloed to a System View

Several times a month I am asked by a client, “How do we know we are becoming better systems thinkers?”  Often they have in mind a […]
September 23, 2019

The Choice is Yours: Moving from Reactive to Responsive

This post is the first in a 3-part series that explores how we can stop reacting to everything in our lives and instead, build a life […]
August 28, 2019

4 Keys to Managing in Times of Ambiguity (a.k.a., today and forever more)

The world we find ourselves in challenges the best of leaders. The old ways have gotten us here but were designed for a world that used […]
August 22, 2019

Connected Confidence: Preventing a Crisis of Trust

A somewhat remarkable thing occurred in the world of corporate governance recently – 200 CEOs signed the Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of the Corporation. […]
June 27, 2019

Language Matters

Fish can’t see water.  So it is with words and cultural differences. Words are not universal. It’s easy to think that whatever a word means to […]
June 24, 2019

Getting People to Do What You Want: That’s Leadership, Right?

I find that at some point, the same realization occurs to many senior executives: it’s often more challenging to get things done the higher you are […]
May 8, 2019

Avoiding a Challenging Conversation? Make the Invisible Visible!

Avoiding a difficult conversation? Be honest. Most of us have done it at some point. We realize that we need to discuss an issue, but we […]
April 9, 2019

What You Need to Know About Developing High-Performing Leaders

Today’s global, volatile and complex business environment requires a new breed of leader. “Get me more leaders who are smart, have good people skills and have […]
April 8, 2019

Don’t Just Expect Conflict – Want It

Leaders around the globe all seem to want less conflict. We want everyone to manage their conflicts better. We just want people to get along! Let’s […]
March 12, 2019

3 Tips for Emerging Leaders on Building Your Leadership Brand

An experience I had a few weeks ago was a catalyst for a revelation: it is worth my time to invest in how I am perceived […]
February 22, 2019

Leading Change? Organizational Evolution Requires Human Connection

Conventional wisdom says that a “burning platform” is essential to organization change. We’d like to challenge that.  In our experience, vibrant, innovative organizations don’t require a […]
February 11, 2019

Getting Beyond “Yes” – When Agreement is Not Enough

Remember that time when you prepared for a flawless, powerful, convincing presentation to a group of important stakeholders?   You knew you would have to influence their […]
August 3, 2018

3 Key Factors for Harnessing Collective Brilliance in a Digital World

Organizations that truly excel in the digital world harness the power of collective brilliance. Sure, some companies clearly have great visionary leaders, but these individuals are […]
July 11, 2017

Isn’t it time you got serious about developing your leadership?

  In these dynamic and stressful times, leaders need every edge they can get to grow themselves, their leadership and their organizations. And while Amazon has […]
June 2, 2017

3 Simple Steps to Mindfulness and Finding a Purposeful Life

This article is part 2 of 2. If you have not already read part 1, you can do so here. As I pointed out in part […]
May 9, 2017

A Tale of Two Ads: the cost of disconnection

Empathy. (Don’t roll your eyes.) People often call it a ‘soft skill’ – and the underlying implication is that ‘soft skills’ just aren’t as business critical […]
May 2, 2017

Author of Your Future or Victim to Your Fear?

How many times have you been in a place where you were willing to give up something you love due to a perception that it was […]
April 11, 2017

You Can Choose How Your Next Political Discussion Goes

I’ve never been one who has believed in the maxim, “Don’t talk about politics or religion.” I get it, of course, and I see (and practice) […]
April 2, 2017

Special Leaders, Bosses and Bastards Episode: The Pacific Women’s Sport Leadership Program, with Jane Livesey and Olivia Philpott

December of 2016 saw the arrival of the first ever Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Program, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The event was designed […]
March 7, 2017

Loving Leadership and Inclusion For Everyone, with Ann Shannon Episode #15

We’re hearing more and more about including love in the way we lead. This may seem like a new topic in relationship to work, but we […]
February 24, 2017

Be Seen, Be Heard

Shining a light … becoming visible in the modern workplace One of the consequences that I see of inequality is that people don’t often feel heard […]
February 23, 2017

5 Ways to Cause Inspiration

There’s a lot of talk these days about how leaders need to be able to inspire their teams. Too much of this talk revolves around “cheerleading” […]