Four Leaf Clover

Creating Your Luck

We can all think of a person who possesses that unique “Je ne sais quoi” quality that seems to bring that person to the right place, at the right time, not just once, but more consistently over time. What differentiates that person from the rest of us? Creating your own luck isn’t as improbable as it may seem if we think about luck as increasing the probability of opportunity. What does it take to bring us that much closer to being that person everyone else is as awestruck by? Creating our own...

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Failure to Launch

Although the concept of Failure to Launch is typically applied to adolescents struggling to transition into adulthood, it can also be a way to understand how some teams fail to achieve mastery not only in terms of high performance but in terms of developing a level of collective emotional and psychological well-being that can support them to weather ongoing stress as a single unit. Being intentional about team development is a leader’s responsibility. And yet, leaders and their leaders may take...

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New Kid on the Block

Will the real IQ please stand? There’s no doubt that we respect intelligence in a leader but how far does that truly go when creating a loyal followership? When faced with what we perceive as an insurmountable challenge, do we want to be led by the smartest person in the room or do we want to feel courageous enough to move forward in the face of fear and dread? The intelligence of today is about finding ways to inspire others who don’t think like us and don’t look like us. As leaders, we can choose...

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Go Slow to Go Fast

Now, more than ever, we have to engage our compassion and lead from the heart. As the full impact of Covid-19 continues to emerge, there is likely to be an ongoing “working through” that needs to occur across all levels – individual, team, and organization. The biggest mistake we can make is to assume that we can pick up where we left off. As leaders, we need to be intentional about rebuilding the sense of “We’re in this together!” Using a “go slow to go fast” approach can put significant...

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How do we heal when our hearts keep breaking?

With deeply disturbing events, we can reopen old wounds that have and will likely never heal. Our emotional memories have no shelf-life. We can try to move on but for some, the past continues to get relived in the present when cultural change is not being driven from the very top. When an individual and certainly an entire world of people fear they have no future that is different from their past, they fall prey to a perpetual state of powerlessness and self-hate. With every subsequent trauma,...

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COVID – From Threat to Opportunity

As we continue to navigate the uncharted territory of Covid-19, we must make peace with uncertainty in order to move beyond a sense of powerlessness, terror, anger, and loss. This transformation requires that we manage expectations of ourselves and of others by using this crisis to redefine how we think, feel, and behave. If knowledge is power, clarity is priceless. As we learn adaptive ways to regain a sense of control, focus on the right things, and be even more intentional about the “how” and...

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