Stress is Brutal at Work. Let’s Try to Reduce It!

  I have had days where I come home from work and can barely see straight due to stress.  When this happens, there are two things I may do when I get home, neither of which are good.  First, I start to be ‘short’ and crabby with the first person I see.  Second, I dive … Continue reading Stress is Brutal at Work. Let’s Try to Reduce It!

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand….Which Comes First?

A teacher walks into a classroom and sets a glass jar on the table. He silently places 2-inch rocks in the jar until no more can fit. He asks the class if the jar is full and they agree it is. He says, “Really,” and pulls out a pile of small pebbles, adding them to … Continue reading Rocks, Pebbles, Sand….Which Comes First?

“I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

We all know people at work who are filled with so much ego that they take great pains to hide any hint of failure or weakness. No matter what happens, they always have the last word.  Their strategy is the belief that any hint of vulnerability would cause others to see them as weak. According … Continue reading “I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

As part of my career journey, I have had so many people say to me...I want to be a VP or a CEO.  It’s important to remember that leaders are not just the ones with formal titles such as VP, EVP or CEO.  In fact, many leaders that have inspired me have not been formal … Continue reading Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Do you ever have an encounter with a co-worker or leader where you walk away just feeling horrible?  You are not sure why but you just don’t feel good after the conversation.  Why does this happen?  What makes you feel this way after a discussion with a co-worker?  There is a relatively simple model that, … Continue reading That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.

As my children head off to college, I know they will start to compare themselves to other students.  Who is smarter?  Who is going to succeed?  However, is a person's intelligence a fixed quantity they're born with? Or is it something malleable, something that can change throughout the lifespan?  Can a person change careers, even … Continue reading Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.

Teams can be Nasty!

A client of mine works as a product manager. She has two primary product leadership teams.  Let’s say team A and team B.  Each team is composed of a product manager, architect, and senior developer and herself.  The goal of each team is to determine high-level design, user flow, and architecture.  A concept called psychological … Continue reading Teams can be Nasty!