Category Archives: Power

On Disbelieving Your Own Thoughts

A central challenge of leading is being able to see — see very clearly — what is happening. Many things can impede this needed awareness and insight — inadequate data and wrong information being two of the most common problems. A third may be our own biases, the unexamined personal beliefs that drive poor judgment. […]

On Insecurity

A fair number of my clients — managers and executives — at some point in our work together express insecurity. This takes many different forms, from wondering about their value as leaders to worrying they are imposters to a clear avoidance of tough topics or evident conflicts in their relationships. It comes through as a […]

The Darkness Is Not Yet Complete

I am disappointed in our country. Focused on winning, it is in fact filled with the defeat of our democracy. I admit, because it often just seems so hopeless attempting to cross the divide, I find myself resisting political arguments and exchanges. George Lakoff’s description of the conservative moral hierarchy is enough of an explanation […]

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 […]