Category Archives: Openness

The Tender Spot

I am designing a new leadership workshop and recently I asked a friend and colleague for some feedback about the design. As we reviewed the materials and exercises, he stopped at one point and said, “I think you are going too fast here. What you are asking people to share about themselves in this part […]

On Redemption

As a helper to people navigating their lives at work, I want to bring the very best of myself to every exchange. Yet there are times when the best of myself would never be enough. The solutions to the deep challenges that people face follow no special formula; for example, the linked, uphill struggles to […]

How to Talk to Each Other About Each Other

Over the years, working with both individuals and teams, the challenge recreates itself again and again: we fail to talk to each other about each other. We’d rather handle whatever difficulties we face in our relationships at work in almost any other way. “Separate the problem from the people,” says the guru, yet I’m here […]

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 […]