Category Archives: Power

The Mutiny Against Our Conditioning

As adults we come up against facets of ourselves that we wish to change. Unconscious bigotry, for example, or certain aspects of introversion or excessive guilt, impatience or egocentricity — our weaknesses and the results of our “over-strengths.” Taking on these challenges sounds good and promises a desirable transformation but in reality also portends the […]

Don’t try to change your organization; change the underlying forces that make it what it is

In the nineteenth century, Charles Lyell, a Scottish geologist, professed the radical view that the same forces that shaped the Earth in the past were still operating in the present moment. His theory challenged the more palatable theory at the time that geological epochs ended in major, catastrophic events, such as species being wiped out […]

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 […]