Tackling Tough Times

Tackling Tough TimesVivek Murthy, until recently the U.S. Surgeon General and tasked with the country’s health, observed about the United States, “I traveled the country listening to people.  What I sensed was that people were experiencing a high degree of emotional pain….. I am deeply concerned about the level of stress that our country is experiencing.  I think it’s preventing us from experiencing our full potential.” Continue reading

Channeling the Power of Culture

Channeling the Power of CultureIf you ever doubted the importance of culture as a living, breathing, embedded influence in your organization, try doing something inconsistent with the culture.  Try inculcating innovation and entrepreneurship in a culture of unquestioning respect for authority at each level.  A slog.  Try taking away a seemingly insignificant employee benefit at a company that’s been paternalistic.  A mutiny. Continue reading

Are You Living in Integrity?

Are You Living in Integrity?Writing in the HuffPost blog on July 30, contributor So-Young Kang talks about a person’s integrity, not as a philosophical concept, but as a lived reality, clarifying all the elements it takes to ‘live’ in integrity.  It’s more than just practicing it; it’s making integrity what you are about.  The post is worth a read.

From Ms. Kang’s post, let’s dive a little more deeply into the elements of the full definition of integrity that she so aptly calls out: Continue reading

Revisiting the Multiplier Leader

Revisiting the Multiplier LeaderThink for a moment about the best boss or mentor you ever had.  What traits made him or her so precious?  Chances are good that many of those esteemed traits would revolve around how well that boss or mentor helped you to grow as a leader in your own right, offering autonomy, encouragement, and support.  Acting as a coach and guide.  Giving opportunities to try out new skills, and making sure you succeeded in new ventures. Continue reading