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March 31, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 4: Empathy – it’s not soft, it’s crucial

Empathy builds trust, brings people together, increases joy and improves results It’s the job of a leader to bring people together to achieve things they cannot […]
March 27, 2020

Community Gathering: Our big meeting has been cancelled – now what?

This week we hosted a virtual community gathering to explore the question, “We just cancelled our big meeting – now what?” As many of us navigate cancelled […]
March 23, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 3: The first act of leadership is presence

Presence, which we define as awareness without prejudice, sounds simple but in today’s world of constant distractions and high-speed action it can prove to be one […]
March 23, 2020

Community Gathering: Leadership communication that creates community and confidence in times of uncertainty

Last week we hosted a virtual gathering to share what we’ve learned and learn from all of you. We explored the question, what is critical about […]
March 16, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 2: Our big meeting has been cancelled – now what?

We just cancelled our big meeting – now what? We’ve been having this conversation with many of our clients over the past few weeks, and it […]
March 16, 2020

The Connection Diaries, Ep. 1: How do we stay connected when we’re physically apart?

All over the news are reports on the need for social distancing, and many of our clients have sent their employees to work from home. In […]
March 15, 2020

Moving Meetings to Virtual: 7 Guidelines for Increasing Connection

With the disruption caused by COVID19, many companies are facing choices about how to adjust their plans for long meetings, conferences, and programs as in-person connection […]
March 9, 2020

Showing Up In Your Authentic Confidence

It wasn’t the first time Molly had been told she wasn’t showing confidence in the monthly board meeting. She’d lost a lot of sleep thinking about […]
March 2, 2020

Empathy Principle #1: The Test for Listening Is Learning

In the Financial Times article “The Quiet Art of Being a Good Listener,” Jeff Immelt, General Electric’s chief executive, is quoted as saying that listening is […]
December 18, 2019

Timing is Everything

Picture your last genuinely tough conversation. Did you pause at some point and think, “How did we find ourselves here?!” Too often, hard or difficult or […]
October 23, 2019
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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” […]
February 11, 2017

What Does Love Look Like in the Workplace?

“If just about every person on the planet has at some point spoken about the centrality of love to well-being, why do we hear so little […]
February 6, 2017

Extraordinary Teams – Does it have to be soul sucking getting there?

I was reading a Forbes article this morning about teams. Luis Romero was reflecting on the five stages of teams which are highlighted in The Wisdom […]