Category Archives: Listening

Inner Worlds, Outer Actions

At the sec­ond con­ver­sa­tion with a new client, she said to me, “I real­ly got the point of what you said in our first ses­sion. It was kind of, ‘Stop whin­ing and get back to work.’ ” This was way off. I’d said no such thing. This was clear­ly the inner world of the client act­ing out […]

America’s Blind Spot

As a coach and con­sul­tant, the two most com­mon prob­lems I deal with are lead­er­ship blind spots and the chal­lenge of stand­ing up in one’s work and being real. Of course, there are many oth­er issues, but these are the biggest vec­tors in my prac­tice.  Since George Floyd was mur­dered, Amer­i­ca as a soci­ety once […]

Leadership and Beauty

A recent New York Times arti­cle, “How Beau­ty is Mak­ing Sci­en­tists Rethink Evo­lu­tion,” caught my eye and ear. Fer­ris Jabr’s lucid prose verges at the end of the arti­cle to poet­ry and is framed through­out with exquis­ite images of bird feath­ers by Ken­ji Aoki. The con­tent of the arti­cle is about evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gy and scientific […]

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 […]