Author Archives: Dan Oestreich

I am a leadership consultant, coach, and trainer. My mission is to be a portal to a better world through the healing, growth, and development of leaders. I believe the biggest challenges we face are self-knowledge and communicating to others with truth and care. My Oestreich Associates website is here.

An Exercise to Reduce Negative Inner Voice

Recently, I’ve been working with a number of clients who are interested in reducing their negative thoughts, self-talk and defensive reactions. Here are some notes from our discoveries together and a related net search.* • Negative inner voice (inner critic) expresses thoughts initially formed as a set of rules and penalties aimed to protect us […]

The Wolves Revisited

It is a strange time to say the least. People are beginning to publish more and more about Trump, raising awareness of the dangers he represents. The good news is he is being stopped, gradually, by people sharing the rapidly accumulating evidence of his patterns: authoritarianism, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, crudeness, narcissism, denials, divisiveness, blaming, lying, […]

Love, Truth and Thinking for Yourself

The political scene in the United States is so deeply frustrating. We are polarized, embattled, insulted and insulting, tired of fear but still feeling it — often as a kind of midnight despair and powerlessness. What the hell happened? Now we are so easily outraged, contemptuous and seemingly desperate for radical change that means our […]

How to Have a Strategy for Change

Think of “strategy” as having a perspective, an agenda if you will, about how things could be better. When I’m helping a manager think about what those things are for a department in a more or less traditional hierarchy, I like to employ a kind of systems map that illuminates different aspects of the work […]