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

Don’t Be a Sheldon

As we approach performance review cycles, the question for leaders to consider is “have you been a good listener?”  Have you truly listened to what your employees needed?  Have you, as their leader, considered both what they were saying, how they said it, and what they meant?  To effectively provide feedback, it’s paramount that you … Continue reading Don’t Be a Sheldon

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!

Change is Easy; The Transition is Difficult

Over the last week, I have two colleagues that decided to make a major leap in their career to soar.  When I spoke to both of them, they expressed similar feelings.  Excitement, exhilaration, sadness for what they are leaving behind, and energy for the unknown in front of them.  As a coach, I have worked … Continue reading Change is Easy; The Transition is Difficult

Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

As I think about helping others learn to stand in their power, I think back to my favorite leader, Jim Mitchell.  It was 2002 or so.  I was a new product manager who was a bit clueless. I was not confident in myself or my ideas and was easily swayed by people who had control, … Continue reading Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

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.