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Misunderstood Optimism

Misunderstood Optimism

Photo by Nick Fewings on UnsplashWhy do we have such a deep misunderstanding of optimism in our culture? We seem to have so much more respect for the negative and the cynical. Do we think people are more realistic, more honest, more intelligent if they notice the...

Being Our Own Leader

Being Our Own Leader

Photo by rob walsh on Unsplash One of my clients recently made some of their long-time employees partners in their firm, and it got me thinking about the difference between following and leading. Partners are invested in the outcome of the business; they aren’t just...

How do you get above the shouting?

How do you get above the shouting?

Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash Does anyone else feel like there’s a lot of anger in the air these days? Or is that just me? I’m sure you can sense the sarcasm there. With protests, debates, division, and an election year...there’s a lot of frustration and fighting...

Professional Progress During the Pandemic

Professional Progress During the Pandemic

Photo by STIL on Unsplash I’ve been working from home for 15 years, but even I’m having a tough time with the current quarantine. With the added distractions of a wife and two daughters at home, not to mention all that's happening in the world outside, things are...

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...

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