Develop leaders to deal with obstacles and set them up to succeed

Greg faced a dilemma in his new CIO role. The business had appointed him because of the value he could provide to the business strategy. But frequent IT network outages completely derailed his initial conversations with senior executives. Business unit clients refused to talk strategy with him because, in their view, his team couldn’t even … Read more

How planning can help you reduce stress

I drove my car to the appointed meeting place early one morning recently to meet my bike riding buddies, only to discover I forgot my bike shoes. You know, the special shoes with the cleats. I couldn’t ride without them. It was frustrating and embarrassing. But it had an even bigger impact on my fellow … Read more

How leaders decompress through acknowledgement and appreciation

Scuba divers learn not to ascend too fast without properly decompressing or they will experience a condition known as the bends. As divers go further down, the pressure on their lungs increases. They decompress by coming up to the surface slowly so their body can adjust. Otherwise, the bends can cause severe pain, organ damage, or … Read more

How quiet reflection leads to more effective action

Grace had a relentless schedule of back-to-back meetings and video calls. There was no time in her day for reflection, where she could think about the future. Her work came at her like the machine that fires tennis balls at players on the practice court. In this case however, there was no way to switch … Read more

Why you don’t want to feed the big hungry giant of impostor syndrome

Many leaders operate under a facade of having it all together while living in fear that one day, someone will discover they are an impostor in a nice suit! Feeling unworthy, incompetent or undeserving – impostor syndrome – is like a big hungry giant, who demands to be fed. It has an insatiable appetite for … Read more