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2 Tips for Increasing Leadership Empathy

Empathy is that rare quality of being able to feel along with another, to put yourself in their emotional position and experience the...

The Bottom of Learning Curve

The bottom of a learning curve is one of my favorite places to be. It means I'm encountering content I haven't learned before. It means...

The Cocktail of Overwhelm

As a leader, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day whirlwind of business. Mix pressing deadlines and tight budgets, garnish with...

The Two Things You Need to Set a Good Goal

You've likely heard of SMART goals. Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound. That's all good, but it's a...

Who We Are and Who We're Not

A while back, I was tasked with helping articulate the culture of an organization. As a general rule, these kinds of exercises are...

Outside In

6 months into quarantine and the work from home life, I finally wore a tie. To my own home office.  There were no big meetings or...

In Praise of Diligence

He who is faithful in small things will be faithful in much, the ancient text reads. In other words, be excellent in the small things if...

Do This Before Providing Feedback

They say the culture you get in your workplace is either what you create or what you allow. So over time, you'll have plenty of...

8 Questions to Assist Your Team

I helped a startup CEO put together a job description for himself recently. Here were a few of the bullet points: Define and defend the...

Three Interrelated Truths

Three interrelated truths: Results happen through relationship. Relationships happen through communication. Communication happens through...

Humility + Curiosity = Success

C.S Lewis defined humility not (as many might imagine) thinking less of yourself, but rather, thinking of yourself less. It is not...

How to Eliminate the Waste of Looking

Ask yourself, where do I keep things like this? If you can be consistent in answering that question, you'll have a better chance of...

How to Stop Missing Deadlines

Most professionals don't have a problem missing meetings. We don't miss meetings because it's made it onto our calendars so nothing else...

Stop Using Your Inbox Like This

Stop using your email inbox as a task management tool. There are only three actions you can take with email: Trash it – never a bad plan...