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How To Have A Better Meeting

How To Have A Better Meeting

Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash Last week, we discussed this era’s overreliance on Zoom, and when we need to step away from the video call — or from a meeting altogether. It’s just not always necessary! Remember: a meeting exists for one reason only: to solve a...

Video Conferencing and When to Avoid It

Video Conferencing and When to Avoid It

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash Personally, I avoid video conferencing whenever I can. My wife does Zoom calls all day and is exhausted from it. I do one or two a week and hate them. Zoom has replaced meetings, but these digital replacements are not the same as...

Letting Go Of Knowing What’s Next

One of the hardest things a leader faces is giving themselves permission to actually feel, to actually be sad, to actually not know what they are doing. Right now, that means recognizing that with the pandemic and everything going on, no one can pretend to understand...

Taking a Moment to Review Your Relationships

Taking a Moment to Review Your Relationships

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash “Books are meant to be read from beginning to end, but they are best understood from end to beginning.” - from the 2016 film Mr. Church.  Like books, situations can be better understood when looking at them in reverse. Some divisions...

A New Lens for Foundational Leadership

A New Lens for Foundational Leadership

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Beware of the way things have always been done, they can hide a great deal of creativity. Working with law enforcement I was enthralled when a civilian who works for a Sheriff’s Office referred to the deputy level of the...

When Being “Right” Can be Quite Wrong

There is a great scene in the show Friends where Phoebe and Ross are having an argument about evolution. Ross spends most of the episode attempting to convince Phoebe that Evolution is true. By the end, exasperated by his incessant demand that he be right and convince...

Disagreement  Is a Path Toward Insight

Disagreement Is a Path Toward Insight

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash Let’s stick with this disagreement theme a little longer because it’s rooted in a core Leadership truth. Leaders often fear disagreement for any number of reasons; it takes time, they know better, insecurity, some simply need to be...

Giving Your Team Time for Criticism

Giving Your Team Time for Criticism

Photo by Andrea Natali on UnsplashPreviously we talked about the importance of building a safe environment for your team to feel comfortable disagreeing with you. Here’s the thing: creating an environment where your employees are comfortable telling you “no,” and one...

Workplace Ego & You

Workplace Ego & You

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Problems with leadership often boil down to issues of fear: fear of humiliation, fear of mistakes, fears of perception, fear of weakness, fear of incompetence, fear of failure…and these fears can dictate how we lead and respond to...

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