Categorized: Leadership

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 »

Values and Conflict Management

Posted Date: June 22, 2016

Social psychologist Dr. Edgar Schein in his book Organizational Culture and Leadership defines culture as: “The culture of a group can now be defined as a pattern of shared basic assumptions learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaption and internal integration, which has worked well enough to be considered valid and,… Read more »

Leading with Humility

Posted Date: June 22, 2016

I have learned that in the context of leadership if you are not learning you are not leading. Every experience is an opportunity to learn to improve performance the next time. A leader must have humility to learn from their team members and their experiences. Leaders who practice humility understand that the organization is successful… Read more »

5 Things to Consider: How Your Team Experiences Your Leadership

Posted Date: June 15, 2016

I recently celebrated my 47th birthday, or another way to frame it is that I am halfway to 94. As I reflect, I think a lot about leadership. I spent the last 28 years of my life in the U.S. Army, mostly in leadership positions or an instructor position developing future leaders. It is something… Read more »