Category Archives: Self-Knowledge

“Be” First, Then Decide What to “Do”

During my career as a leadership consultant and coach I’ve listened many times as a client leader has admitted some self-perceived failing. Jerome’s heartfelt “confession” was one of these moments. He sheepishly told me there was someone who reported to him who intimidated him, a manager who seemed to be “much faster intellectually” and “more […]

A Journey Through the Underworld

Last night I carried into my sleep the tensions I live with while awake — the same tensions many carry right now. I felt cramped, smothered, yet I couldn’t escape from the place where I found myself. I was part of a slow-moving horror, a crazy darkness. Then gradually, something of life and sanity returned […]

Five (or Six) Lenses of Leadership

At the beginning of a large workshop, a woman raised her hand and said, “I have to admit that I get frustrated with conversations about leadership. I have a lot of things to do and not much time. If I’m going to be asked to be a leader then please just tell me what that […]

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 […]