Teacher and Student

As parents and leaders, we tend to focus on teaching lessons to our teams, whether it is a team of employees at work or a team of children at home. In today’s fast moving and ever-changing world we must also focus on learning new lessons ourselves. We have learned from our children how to: give grace…

Texting and Mastery

I am a pretty proficient texter, although I can't hold a candle to your average teenager. I recall when I purchased my first iPhone years ago, I was typing a text to my technology partner, Harry. I was encouraging him to do what he does best. I kept is short and sweet by writing, "Just…

It’s All About Character

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A significant problem in today's society is that people's level of success is greater than their character can sustain. We see it every day in professional sports, entertainment, business and politics. People lack the personal character to gracefully handle their success, power, influence and wealth. It's a character chasm. Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers…

Zooming (of a different sort) to Work Smarter

The human brain is the defining aspect of our humanity. It separates us from every other life form. The gift of thought unites us. We can begin thinking about our own thinking by the time we are nine years old. Cognitive scientists at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas…

Quit Getting Comfortable

Comfort certainly has its advantages—our comfy chair in the living room, a comfortable routine at work, a comfortable relationship. With all the advantages of comfort, here are some things you should know about the comfort zone before you explore the edge. The comfort zone is where most of life is played. It is certainly where…

11 Reflections from Maya Angelou

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When the great American poet, the late Maya Angelou, reflected on her life and learnings she said, “I’ve learned that… No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:…

Multiply Your Power of One

Multiply Your Power of One

In Orchestrating Attitude, I discuss that all changes, whether it’s a change you initiate at work or a worldwide initiative to end poverty, start with one – one person, one thought, one word, one action.  Contrary to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest number.  It’s the most important number!  …

Invisibility

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Although Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility is a very cool accoutrement, invisibility is really the last thing that most humans want. Humans have a fundamental need to be seen and heard. Simply acknowledging people, their input or efforts is validating.  We don’t require 1,000 likes from social media “friends”, but we do need human-to-human affirmation…

Parent as Leader – Leader as Parent

The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting. Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles. Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, "Children Learn What They Live." As you…