Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed….

Happy New Year 2017 background with HorseshoeThe end of a year and start of a new one brings time for reflection – and sometimes resolutions.  We’re not fond of resolutions.  The intent is good, but the assumption is they’ll be incompletely implemented, at best.

Instead, we’d like to guide you through a brief time of reflection, building an image in your mind of who you are and what you might want to add to the picture.  The brain is amazing in its capability, and if you absorb a picture that you like, it will help direct you toward it.  So let’s do a little work on building that picture of you. Continue reading

How Does a Leader Approach 2017?

Business plan for 2017We made it through a tough year.  2016 was marked by turmoil of types and impact that have shaken a sense of ‘normalcy’.  In the world, the political and economic upheaval of Brexit, the brutal war in Syria, the flood of refugees that added to destabilizing political situations in many countries, and the reality of terrorism.  At home, a long and bitter campaign and a transition of presidents that promises to bring unknown impact to our lives. Continue reading

The Simple Presence of a Leader

Meditating in the morning“Your true home is in the here and the now.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen teacher

What an intriguing quote to use to promote leadership, when we are bombarded by advice to become more strategic and future-oriented.  None of that advice is improper.  But leaders often under-estimate the importance of exhibiting ‘presence’. Continue reading

Confidence – The Elusive Objective

The word confidence revealed by a missing jigsaw puzzle pieceDutch actress Sylvia Kristel sums up what so many of us have felt along our leadership journeys:  “Self-confidence for me is a fragile fleece.”

I can relate.  Picture this point in a career.  I was recruited hard by a top executive to take on a brand new job to build a new function.  I’d had notable successes up until then, and felt ready and intrigued by the challenge of a poorly defined but crucially needed area of work.  Continue reading