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.

Leading Change in a VUCA World

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the nature of what it takes to create and respond to meaningful change these days. Yesterday, I brainstormed the following after reading an article by John Kotter, one of the most respected culture change experts. How would you modify what I’ve written? What would you add? In a […]

Why I Don’t Speak Corporate-Speak

There is pressure in my consulting profession to present the work we do as a service to organizations. This is tricky. Who pays the bills after all? Just yesterday someone asked me how I could write the way I do, with language that is “real” but distinctly not corporate, business-oriented prose, and still find work […]

A Visit to the Dentist

I went to a periodontist to have a tooth removed. It was clear I was entering a business. There were multiple indications, mostly communicated via legal forms denying me recourse if the doctor screwed up, and several other forms focused on the money I’d owe if insurance didn’t pay. The place was cool and efficient. […]

The Loneliness of Children

I am fascinated by the ways in which people can offer each other support. I include in support expressions of care and reassurance, deep listening and validating another’s subjective experience, but I also include hard-to-hear feedback, meaningful but challenging questions, and even silence — if that silence conveys confidence in the other person’s capacity to […]