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

Being the Change

Being the Change“We but mirror the world.  All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.  If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi is attributed with saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  It turns out he didn’t actually say that, but it’s not a bad simplification of what he did say.  Gandhi knew that change is difficult, at times even overwhelming, and pragmatically, he knew two things:

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A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of SugarRaise your hand if you have ever started off a conversation to offer difficult feedback by giving a compliment.  I can literally hear the rustle of thousands of hands being raised.  We’ve all done it.  No one wants to see pain inflicted on another human being.  We put ourselves in their shoes, and feel the agony of knowing we didn’t live up to a standard.

But on the other hand, we don’t put ourselves in their shoes completely.  Let’s try on your shoes for a moment.  You might not want to hear how you’d disappointed someone, but what other things might be in your head when someone approaches you with a suspiciously nervous start to a conversation? Continue reading

Inspiring Through Stories

Inspiring Through Stories“The adventures first,” said the Gryphon in an impatient tone, “explanations take such a dreadful time.”  – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Think about the people who have most inspired you. What was it that stimulated your enthusiasm, your passion, your connection to their message?  Chances are it was a story that made a connection for you. I watched recently with amazement at the connection between an 80-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy as the older man told his story of life in Europe during World War II. The boy went on to characterize that man as a hero. Continue reading

The Siren Call of the Next Best Thing

The Siren Call of the Next Best ThingAgility, Intrapreneurship, Sustainability, Crowdfunding, Artificial intelligence. Have you been hearing these terms a lot this year?  Is your organization in active process of pivoting (another trendy word) to these new best means to gain competitive advantage?

These ideas, of course, are not the full laundry list of the new and better ways of conducting your business. Depending on which business article you read, you’ll find that the gurus have hundreds of takes on the most important new things to adopt in your business. Continue reading

The Danger of Returning to Better Times

The Danger of Returning to Better Times“This company used to be known for its great customer service and its caring attitude toward its employees,” lamented Tina. “We had better benefits, greater job security, and more respect from management, and the company got really great service for its customers as a result. We need to go back to the way it was.”

We’re hearing a lot of these laments lately. Companies, governments, and all types of organizations are changing. The complaints are often about abandoned non-verbal contracts between employers and employees, about lost cultural norms, and about ethical issues emerging as the change occurred.  And the knee jerk desire is to ‘return to better times’. Continue reading

Traditionalist or Disruptor?

Traditionalist or Disruptor?Today’s leaders can learn a lot of lessons from the upheaval in the political environment – some highly useful, and some perhaps not to be emulated.   But one friction point that is creating a useful dialogue for reflection right now is whether it is better to defend and promote the value of traditional values, norms and ways of doing things – or conversely, to embrace disruption as a means to jar a tired old system into needed action. Continue reading

Where Will You Be Found?

Where Will You Be Found?Recently I was at a woman’s memorial service in which the son read a poem he had written about his mother.  In the poem he spoke to sifting through all her things – her jewelry, her mementos from countless wonderful foreign trips, her photos, her clothing, to try to ‘find’ her, and each time he noted, “and you were not there”.  But finally, he said, he found her in the indomitable spirit of her children, in the devotion of a young man from another country she had relentlessly befriended, in the warmth in the eyes of the caretakers from her final days who rapidly adopted her as family. Continue reading

Does Logic Suffice?

Does Logic Suffice?In our Western understanding of how to find meaning, our philosophers over the past few centuries have gravitated to logic models, trying to apply scientific method to the complex understanding of all things.  Even the names of recent Western philosophies have borne such names as Rationalism, Analytical Philosophy, and Logicism.  We live in an age that celebrates and reveres logic as meaning.  Data and metrics are the answer.  What’s the question? Continue reading