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One of my primary definitions of leadership is ‘giving one’s best self in the interest of the greater good.’ Most of us see our leadership within the boundaries of the leadership roles we play at work. We give our best at work to get the results expected of us, and in return, get back recognition […]


The Dreaded Performance Review

February 10, 2014

You’ve begun to feel discomfort and anxiety over one or more dreaded performance reviews on your to-do list. What makes some performance reviews so difficult and what can we try to take some of the anxiety away? Here’s a take on the five most challenging performance review scenarios.  The first two are the most obvious: […]


I agree wholeheartedly with the CEO of a long-standing client who said, ‘The most important task of leadership is developing people.’  We all nod in agreement. Intellectually, we ‘get’ that there’s no smarter way to equip ourselves and our organizations for ongoing uncertainty and a continuing complex future. Imagine a world where everyone around you […]


Empathic Leadership

June 25, 2012

You’ve probably heard of Daniel Goleman. He’s the guru of emotional intelligence. ‘The Harvard Business Review called emotional intelligence— which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities — “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its pages. Emotional Intelligence was named […]