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Are You Wearing a Mask?

Are You Wearing a Mask?

 “There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud, not sure I should be where I am.”                                                                        Source: Sheryl Sandberg The late Franciscan author Brennan Manning said that if you are serious about leadership authenticity, you must take off... read more
How Perceptive Are You?

How Perceptive Are You?

The Idea: According to author and psychologist Daniel Goleman, “emotional intelligence (EQ) accounts for 80 percent of career success.” Do you know without a shadow of a doubt that your interpersonal communications are effective, and do you believe you have... read more
Are You a Great Coach?

Are You a Great Coach?

The Idea: There is an expression attributed to the prominent writer Anaïs Nin: “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Our preconceptions alter both the way we see the world and ourselves. After 30... read more
Soul Brands: Consumers Don’t BUY Brands, They JOIN Them!

Soul Brands: Consumers Don’t BUY Brands, They JOIN Them!

The Idea: Have we all been sold a lie? Maximizing shareholder value is not the only purpose of a company. The healthiest companies are purpose driven and operate with a holistic scorecard, serving a diverse group of stakeholders including the... read more
Do You Embrace the Voice of Critics?

Do You Embrace the Voice of Critics?

The Idea: We are all wired to embrace certainty; it’s biological and it protects us. We see it in religious communities, political parties, family gatherings and in most organizations. The feeling of uncertainty is uncomfortable, so we look for answers... read more
Who’s Your Consigliere?

Who’s Your Consigliere?

Why do most change initiatives fail to deliver on expectations? Organizational culprits include a lack of vision, an absence of accountability, and disjointed communication. But unhealthy leadership, surrounded by fear and insecurity, is the ultimate offender. Insecurities and a lack... read more
An Embarrassing Failure

An Embarrassing Failure

The Idea: Dee Hock, former CEO of Visa once shared, “the problem is never how to get new thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out.” I recently worked with a client that had previously enjoyed... read more
How Agile Are You Really?

How Agile Are You Really?

The Idea: Speed is transforming most industries, and agility is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Recent research by Deloitte and McKinsey uncovered that 90 percent of senior leaders highly value organizational agility, but only 10 percent see their... read more
The SECRETS of Elite Teams

The SECRETS of Elite Teams

The Idea: “How” we communicate, matters much more than “what” we communicate. When Magic Johnson announced his resignation as Lakers President of Basketball Operations, there weren’t gaggles of protestors demanding Magic Johnson return, but instead a chorus of disappointment about... read more
The Dysfunctional Leader

The Dysfunctional Leader

The Idea: Gary Hamel, one of the world’s leading experts on business strategy believes, “What ultimately constrains the performance of your organization is not its business model, nor its operating model, but its management model.” I live In Chicago, where... read more