Category Archives: Self-Knowledge

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 […]

An Exercise to Reduce Negative Inner Voice

Recently, I’ve been working with a number of clients who are interested in reducing their negative thoughts, self-talk and defensive reactions. Here are some notes from our discoveries together and a related net search.* • Negative inner voice (inner critic) expresses thoughts initially formed as a set of rules and penalties aimed to protect us […]

Love, Truth and Thinking for Yourself

The political scene in the United States is so deeply frustrating. We are polarized, embattled, insulted and insulting, tired of fear but still feeling it — often as a kind of midnight despair and powerlessness. What the hell happened? Now we are so easily outraged, contemptuous and seemingly desperate for radical change that means our […]