Category Archives: Self-Knowledge

On Organizational Anger

There is a form of organizational anger that all leaders need to understand. It is not the hostile outburst of an aggrieved staff member, though this may be a symptom just as a shooter in a public place can be a symptom of a broader social despair. It is not the same as dealing with […]

How you do one thing is how you do everything

The other day I happened to read a blog post on fractals and human behavior, one that includes this provocative title line — a line that seems at first glance too simple for the complexity of our lives but also somehow holds an intuitive truth. Our self-awareness is built on a sense that we are […]

Building Self-Trust

High self-trust is a essential to leadership. At a bare minimum we need it because leadership often demands we handle tense or sensitive situations and potentially must make unpopular decisions. Sometimes we must influence not only ourselves but a team or several teams or a whole organization. I use this word, self-trust, instead of self-confidence […]

How to Meet a Strong Emotion

The problem with strong emotions is that we over-identify with them. It’s not that I feel sad. I am sad. It’s not that I feel envious, or mad or guilty. Rather, all too easily I become these emotions and act them out. Later, I may say: “I wasn’t myself” (but, of course, I was.) If […]