How you do one thing is how you do everything

The other day I happened to read a blog post on fractals and human behavior, one that includes this provocative title line — a line that seems at first glance too simple for the complexity of our lives but also somehow holds an intuitive truth. Our self-awareness is built on a sense that we are […]


A Few Grains of Sand

It is often said that as leaders we ought to devote ourselves to something larger than our individual interests or passions, something larger than ourselves. This would seem to create a near spiritual dimension to leading, something that keeps us tethered to a strong sense of service to the world as well as a sense […]


Building Self-Trust

High self-trust is a essential to leadership. At a bare minimum we need it because leadership often demands we handle tense or sensitive situations and potentially must make unpopular decisions. Sometimes we must influence not only ourselves but a team or several teams or a whole organization. I use this word, self-trust, instead of self-confidence […]


How to Meet a Strong Emotion

The problem with strong emotions is that we over-identify with them. It’s not that I feel sad. I am sad. It’s not that I feel envious, or mad or guilty. Rather, all too easily I become these emotions and act them out. Later, I may say: “I wasn’t myself” (but, of course, I was.) If […]