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Feb

I facilitated a workshop this week that has given me lots of juicy fodder for discussion here with you. The session focused on uncomfortable discussions, including considerable time on how to give and to receive feedback. The conversation evolved as it usually does: we started with the mechanics of how to give feedback and quickly […]

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12
Nov

I’m working on a new keynote speech and a new book. To accelerate the process, I enrolled in a 4-session, 16-day public speaking program to hone the big idea, write a compelling speech, and learn how to deliver the speech in a way that will knock your socks off. The mantra of the program’s instructor […]

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22
Oct

I’m pretty sure this is going to be a controversial statement, but I’m saying it anyway. The culture of fear in your organization (yes, I’m pretty sure there’s a culture of fear in your organization) is stemming from leaders’ unwillingness to create discomfort for non-performance. Your sympathizing, coddling, engagement-protecting managers are doing more damage to […]

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01
Oct

I was facilitating an executive team meeting last week. Although the meeting had been scheduled as a full day, four people started the day saying that they needed to leave early. (I’ll save my rant about that for later). Four of the team members needed to be gone by 3pm, so we decided to move […]

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17
Sep

I read an editorial by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian this morning about meetings crushing morale and killing productivity. Jenkins’ list of the perils of meetings touches the personal (meetings slow metabolism, lead to diabetes and cancer, and eventually kill you) and the professional (meetings waste cognitive resources, cause organizations to hemorrhage productivity, and eventually […]

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10
Sep

This week, I got to participate in a back to school activity that I haven’t done in 28 years: university orientation week. I was asked to speak to the 1,110 first year arts students at my alma mater. I thought a lot about what I wanted to tell them. [I’d love for you to share […]

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25
Jun

It’s the time of year where I ask people about their summer vacation plans. It’s amazing how many aren’t even going to take a full week off. There are many excuses about “We’re in the middle of an important change initiative,” or “Maybe it will be calmer in the fall,” or the completely vacuous, “It’s […]

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11
Jun

I gave a speech last week on the importance of feedback to a high performance organization. It was clear that many of the audience members were uncomfortable with the thought of delivering corrective feedback. They asked great questions and slowly came to terms with how they would craft feedback to reduce the likelihood that it […]

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04
Jun

When I’m preparing to facilitate a session, I always conduct individual interviews with the members of the team I’ll be working with. The last question I ask is, “what advice would you give me?” The most common response is, “get the quiet people to participate.” This is good advice. Research shows that teams with balanced […]

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21
May

Do you have micro-managing tendencies? As a leader, do you only feel confident when you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of your organization? Do you love getting to the root of an issue, no matter how far into the weeds it takes you? Is your favorite part of the meeting the […]

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