Courage for New Leaders To Listen and Learn in the New Year

It takes courage to listen. Whether it’s a first or fifth transition to a new leader role, these non-profit leadership lessons learned are timeless. Pause, reflect, choose (from horse-guided leadership & learning.) In your first months, resist the urgent and not important tasks and follow these practical steps to ensure your success.  

Leaders Know Talent Wins: 4 Strategies to Ramp Up Retention

Successful organizations focus on people as well as profits, often built with talented staff that take action as co-owners of the business. Twenty-first century talent retention practices can build greater success in your organization. Here’s are 4 ways leaders can help this happen: 1) Check your “hire smart” bench strength & compensationNothing breeds success like talented staff and the abilityContinue reading “Leaders Know Talent Wins: 4 Strategies to Ramp Up Retention”

4 Leadership Lessons from Horse-Guided Coaching

What can a 1200 pound horse teach you about leadership? In 2010, I found out as Cherokee walked up and chose me in an experience that has forever changed the way I relate to both people and animals in my professional and personal work as a coach and consultant. The photos below reflect my earlyContinue reading “4 Leadership Lessons from Horse-Guided Coaching”

6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

Let it go, let it go, let it go! Let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking. In our post 9-11, now Covid-era, no-such-thing as “New Normal” world, business models continue to evolve dramatically and surprise us. Yes, the old relic of performance appraisal from twentieth century business practices persists. For example, aContinue reading “6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals”

Think like an Entrepreneur: Be AntiFragile No Matter Where You Work

So many things can change quickly in the 21st century work world that it helps us to polish our natural abilities toward adaptive change. How can you FRAME an approach to entrepreneurial change that helps you adapt to a business climate that is always changing?

Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon.

Beyond Resilience: Givers, Takers, Matchers and Anti-Fragile Systems

“Our focus on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility.”   How can we work through this  paradox in organizations?  Assistant Professor Adam Grant’s recent works provides insights. As a follow-on exploring the concept of anti-fragile systems that I blogged about earlier, consider the power of Dr. Grant’s recent work on Givers,Continue reading “Beyond Resilience: Givers, Takers, Matchers and Anti-Fragile Systems”

Creator, Challenger, Coach through Change: Getting out of the Drama

Being creative can be tough when bad news abounds.  Yet taking the creative, challenging coach role through turbulence is a hero’s journey that matters greatly as we recover and build anew. What does it mean to be a Trusted Change Advisor in today’s turbulent times?

Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change

Random, extreme events: What are our options when we confront events we don’t understand?  Is it possible to develop characteristics to emulate strengths in nature in becoming antifragile as described by former wall street trader, now academic, Nassim Nicholas Taleb?   “When you are fragile, you depend on things following the exact planned course, withContinue reading “Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change”