The art of facilitation: How to navigate your group’s interpsychic storms

31 Jul, 2018
When you're leading a group, a lot of things can get in the way, ranging from unenthusiastic participants to unclear objectives. The greatest challenges, however, stem from what I call the ...

Leadership lessons from Joe Maddon

27 Feb, 2018
A great read from Tom Verducci, “The Cubs Way” examines a number of changes that transformed the Cubs organization, including Joe Maddon’s leadership style. Many of Maddon’s principles have particular relevance ...

The optimistic organization: Leadership lessons from neuroscience

9 Jan, 2018
Optimism is no soft skill as the human brain is wired to be negative. Yet people can use their minds to restructure their brains — and reap the benefits of ...

Why playing it safe can be risky business

11 Sep, 2017
We prune plants and trees because it encourages new growth. Similarly, your business is an organic system where all participants need a little pressure — even your top performers.

Going with the flow: a blueprint to greater productivity and happiness

24 May, 2017
Happiness doesn’t result from external events, such as being promoted or winning the lottery. Instead, it's a condition sparked by how we interpret external events...

Tribal behavior: the good, the bad, and the need for balance

16 Feb, 2017

Leadership power: six degrees of differentiation

18 Oct, 2016
In second stage, founders are trying to transition from entrepreneur to leader. This is no easy task because leadership is complex and about influencing the behavior of others.

Brain-based leadership: How to keep your employees engaged and motivated

6 Jul, 2016
Whether a perceived threat is physical or social, the human brain reacts the same way — which is why smart leaders are paying attention to neuroscience research.

Getting real: how leaders can unlock their organization’s learning power

20 Apr, 2016
No one wants to feel vulnerable or look foolish, and humans can become extremely competent at protecting themselves from perceived threats or embarrassment. Yet defensive behavior can take a real toll ...

3 steps to focus your moonshot thinking

11 Dec, 2015
No one disputes the need for an effective elevator speech, but nailing down your vision may seem too touchy-feely to spend time on. Big mistake.