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.

Do It Now

Earlier this week my wife and I learned that a good friend of ours had died of cancer. Although we’d known for a few months that she was ill, it was still a shock, as death always is. She’d been in chemo for awhile, and an additional problem had recently shown up in her back. […]

The Host Who Has No Self

Intuition is a great well, one that draws on a deeper sense of what it means to be human. In leadership, organization development and management consulting work, it has enormous value for it often opens doors to things that are mostly hidden from view: the staff member whose valuable insights are being taken for granted, […]

Leadership Feedback, Leadership Wounds

In one way or another, leaders are always receiving feedback. Sometimes it is from the voiced reactions of people at a meeting they are guiding. Sometimes it is more formal, for example from a staff survey or 360 degree appraisal process. As a consultant and coach, I’ve noticed a fairly common pattern in the process […]

Self-Control, Self-Confrontation and…Self-Conflict

It is no surprise that devoted, self-disciplined, perfectionistic people — people with high ideals and addicted to their expectations for self-improvement — can be so cruel to themselves. We bright achievers, people who feel it is our obligation to know ourselves and confront our faults, may find ourselves in particularly challenging leadership roles only to […]