What does anyone say about last week?

It would be tone-deaf not to write about last week. For those of us hoping the start of 2021 would be flowers and bunnies…it didn’t happen. So, what do I have to say about this? A day that will live in infamy I’m sure you will have memories of exactly where you were when you…

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Whatever happens today will happen

If you’ve followed this blog lately, you know I’ve been sharing secrets for how leaders are keeping their wits about them to stay positive. That’s a good topic for today – election day in America, 2020. The opportunity to vote in an open election is one of the greatest rights of a free society. Participation…

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Time to buy some new shoes?

There’s a theme emerging in our conversations with executive leaders: we can feel the walls of our home offices closing in. The anticipation of a cold dark winter is making it harder for leaders to find the positivity required to be good leaders in a pandemic. Three quotes from coaching calls last week illustrate the…

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Is the world changing for better or worse?

We posed this question to both young and established leaders at the Good Leadership Breakfast last Thursday: Is the world changing for better or worse?  The response to this simple question was staggering, and the overall judgment? We aren’t sure. Nearly 200 people participating in-person and virtually responded: 52% think the world is changing for the…

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What’s expected of young leaders today?

This blog comes from the perspective of a middle-aged white male. When I was a “young leader” society was wrestling with super-high interest rates, the beginnings of the transparent corporate greed, and the onset of AIDS. While I never stopped to consider the thought, I’m sure there were “existing leaders” who were worried about the…

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When will you travel again?

So much of life since the pandemic has been re-thinking the assumptions about why we do the things we do. And re-evaluating. Last week I answered the question: “When will I travel again?” Re-discovering normal For many leaders like me, the sudden stop in travel was life-altering. I found lots of extra time while grounded, and…

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The spotlight is on leaders – how do we see what you believe?

The most satisfying part of my job as an executive coach is being in the inner circle of executives who share their hopes and dreams, fears, and beliefs. In “normal times” that intimacy is part of the job. Since COVID-19 and George Floyd, that intimacy feels like an opportunity to change the world. Part of…

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Not sure how you are feeling these days? Join the club.

Yesterday morning I was confounded by the headline in The New York Times that reads: Minneapolis plans to dismantle its police force.  That’s a big statement. And it left me wondering: How do I talk about all of this stuff that’s going on, in ways that are respectful, and without offending anyone? So I started…

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Our world is burning – what do we do next?

The question: How are we going to create a better future? consumes me today. Last week people were arguing about the value of wearing a mask in the context of a pandemic. Today, we are watching a world in flames over racial injustice. In Minneapolis, we like to think we are cultured, and socially-minded, and civil. The…

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Have you noticed who is growing around you?

The surest sign of springtime is the sight of growth. Everywhere we look outside trees and shrubs are sprouting. And blooming. That’s what’s happening in your organization as well. If you look closely, a small segment of your talent pool is blossoming in the ambiguity of today. That’s one of the silver linings in our…

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