Cautiously optimistic. That would be the general feeling and sentiment around those in the business community. On the one hand, all of the fundamentals are sound. The economy is firing on all cylinders. Unemployment is low. Housing is strong. Lots of innovation. And yet. The sentiment is continuing to lean further and further towards the […]Read more "Boom or Bust"
…is paramount. We are all looking to you. Should we all freak out? Or just proceed along the same course. As a leader, you set the tone. And when situations arise, we look for guidance. For how we should react. For whether we should take cover. So we must learn to sit with the tension. […]Read more "Your Reaction"
Of course you don’t. And you won’t know until you try. We are rarely good at something the first go round. It takes practice. Failure after failure of getting it wrong, until we learn what works. We didn’t learn to ride a bike by osmosis. We learned by doing. By falling off and getting back […]Read more "“I don’t know how”"
…is a choice. A choice available to all of us. But we’ve trained ourselves to wait. To avoid the risk. To wait until it’s safe. Or until we are asked. But why do we wait? Why wait when we already know what needs to be done? It’s safe. Less chance of getting in trouble. Less […]Read more "Taking Initiative"
Mistakes happen. All the time. And the more we work the prevent them, the more robotic and less human our services and products become. What if, instead, we focused on our response? What if we focused on making sure every “mistake” was an opportunity to showcase our ability to make it right. Our differences don’t […]Read more "How will you respond?"
“From a little spark may burst a flame” – Dante Alighieri It can start small. Just a little extra push can go a long way. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. In a routine in which we repeat the same monotonous pattern day after day. We know we are capable of more – we […]Read more "A little spark"
Authority is given. Responsibility is taken. We get stuck waiting to be anointed when the opportunity to do more is right in front of us. We focus on status and control rather than implied authority – often the most powerful form. When we step up and take more responsibility, people will in turn look to […]Read more "Responsibility and Authority"