Category Archives: Shadow

The Politics of Contempt

All you have to do these days is read just about any political post — say on Facebook if not some other favorite website –and then go to the comments section: Person A: “Person B, what a liar! You should be forced to prove your accusation. People like you are enemies of the state” Person […]

The Sheer Grandeur of Our Mistakes

In case you haven’t been following the Wells Fargo scandal, I am reprinting the transcription of Senator Elizabeth Warren questioning John Stumpf, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wells Fargo during recent Senate hearings. Over a period of five years, 5,300 employees were fired for opening accounts for customers without their knowledge, resulting in […]

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, […]

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 […]