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Category Archives: Leadership

What Does Your Body Have To Do With Your Leadership?

A couple of people have sent me this TED talk by Amy Cuddy recently. If you’re a leader anywhere, it’s worth taking a look at. I’ve long had an interest in coaching leaders somatically (in other words, including the body in coaching), and this talk begins to illuminate why somatic awareness is so important to…

How To Sponsor Your Team To Produce Excellent Results

How To Sponsor Your Team To Produce Excellent Results

These are the sorts of things I’m hearing lately from clients: “I get so frustrated when somebody says, ‘yeah, boss’ in response to a change in direction, and then turns around and continues doing what they’ve always done.” “Sometimes I don’t know whether what I’m hearing from my boss is what she truly believes and…

Words of Wisdom From Geoff Bellman

My colleague Geoff Bellman has decades of experience working with leaders and teams, and I love his understated wisdom, his emphasis on the leader as learner, and the compassionate humanity of his perspective. In this brief video, he shares some gems about leadership, and I thought it was worth sharing. Your turn: What do you…

Meeting Leadership Challenges with Somatic Intelligence

Meeting Leadership Challenges with Somatic Intelligence

I recently read an interesting article in the June 2012 McKinsey Quarterly, called “Leading in the 21st Century.” It has excerpts from interviews with 6 global leaders, including CEO’s of multinational organizations and one head of state. Its focus is on how leadership challenges have changed over the past decade or so, as the speed…

Which Is Your Weakest Leg?

Which Is Your Weakest Leg?

As a leader, how do you think about leadership development? How do you make decisions about your own leadership development needs? There are lots of models of leadership development out there. And, as George Box (a statistician) said, “All models are wrong.” Your complexity as a human being, and the complexity of leading other human…

Tool Box: Resources for Leading Virtual Teams

Tool Box: Resources for Leading Virtual Teams

If you’re the leader of a virtual team, there are numerous resources out there to help you be successful. In the last of this month’s posts about leading virtual teams, I’ll share just a few. Technology For this category, let’s hear one last time from John Hall and Raghu Viswanathan, leaders in a global technology…

Staying Centered in a Virtual World

Staying Centered in a Virtual World

Welcome back to my conversation with John Hall and Raghu Viswanathan, both leaders in a global technology company. In earlier posts, we talked about some of the challenges of leading virtual teams, and the skills and characteristics of successful leaders of virtual teams. Today, we’ll focus on how John and Raghu stay present and balanced…

What Do Virtual Team Leaders Need To Be Successful?

What Do Virtual Team Leaders Need To Be Successful?

This week I’m continuing the conversation about leading virtual teams with John Hall and Raghu Viswanathan, senior vice president and vice president, respectively, at a global technology company. John’s closing comment from last week is our starting point: “If you don’t have the right leader, it’s really hard to execute, regardless of all the phone…

Meeting the Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams

Meeting the Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams

A few weeks ago I was talking to a managing director at a local Seattle company. He described how, for the first time in his career, he was leading a team that was entirely remote. He said, “I think things are going well.” But, to his credit, he wanted to investigate, to find out what…

Tool Box: Resources for Honest Conversations

Tool Box: Resources for Honest Conversations

Last week I wrote about that dreaded organizational syndrome, the “meeting after the meeting.” I included some suggested action steps for how to avoid that pattern, and today I want to add to your list of resources for addressing this challenge. Because, let’s face it, having honest, direct conversations about tough issues is hard for…