Categorized: Leadership

Building Trust with Your Team

Posted Date: August 2, 2017

Trust. It seems today that trust if one of the main focuses on how to build a great working environment. Leaders and Supervisors are being taught to instill trust within their own offices/departments. But when it comes down to it, is this really being practiced? UNTHSC’s values are built on trust. As employees, we are… Read more »

The Power of Patience

Posted Date: July 26, 2017

I recently had a lightbulb moment in a coaching session that stopped me in my tracks. It was the kind of moment that flipped my world view upside down. This breakthrough came from a coaching conversation about transformational leadership and four words completely shifted my perspective, “Mission first. People always.” This wasn’t the first time… Read more »

Leadership: Change in Perspective

Posted Date: July 13, 2017

How do ideas die? Is it lack of buy in or resources? Do people generally not respond well to new ideas or change? I think part of the problem is how we, as supervisors, present the information.  We must present processes as opportunities versus orders handed down as something new to do. My opinion is… Read more »

Fostering a Feedback Culture

Posted Date: July 10, 2017

What is feedback?  Why is it so important to my organization?  What stands in the way of me getting the feedback I need to improve my work and the work of my team? According to the Oxford Dictionary, feedback is defined as “information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc.,… Read more »

The Beauty of SHIP

Posted Date: May 31, 2017

Can I be a transformational leader? Is thinking about such a possibility even in the realm of reality?  Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie, Margaret Thatcher, Steve Jobs, they were transformational leaders. By comparison, my rational mind responds: “No, you have zero chance of this happening, don’t even waste your time thinking… Read more »

Perfection-Not Required

Posted Date: May 30, 2017

  An eight-year-old third grader approaches her teacher for the fourth time, asking the teacher to check her answers before she turns in her language arts assignment.  Exasperated, the teacher gives the worksheet a quick glance and says, “looks great!” Not sure the response is genuine, the girl plops down at her desk to give… Read more »

Leadership is Personal, Not Positional

Posted Date: May 25, 2017

In Julie Foudy’s new book “Choose to Matter,” the former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team writes about her misperception that leadership was a function of one’s job title. A CEO is a leader, her thinking went, or a president, or a person in a position of power. But her teammates on the… Read more »

Music and Leadership

Posted Date: February 1, 2017

Mike Richardson, a faculty member,  recently shared with me an article titled, “What Great Leadership and Music have in Common.1” This article combines seemingly unrelated elements finding common themes and connections based on lived experiences.  Focused on commonalities, the author describes how music is a metaphor for leadership. He states the seven following lessons: 1. A… Read more »

Empathy is Essential

Posted Date: October 26, 2016

As a leader, the ability to build empathy with others is essential to leading effectively. Daniel Goleman writes in Social Intelligence: The New Science Of Human Relationships: “In today’s psychology, the word ‘empathy’ is used in three distinct senses: knowing another person’s feelings; feeling what that person feels: and responding compassionately to another’s distress. These… Read more »

Single Point Failures and Zero-Slopers

Posted Date: August 3, 2016

During a recent conversation with my daughter, Rebekah, we had a discussion about her work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Bekah is an aerospace engineer and systems engineer on the next Mars rover project scheduled to launch in 2020. Bekah was explaining the importance of eliminating the risk of a single… Read more »