Reflecting on the significance of Mother’s day my daughter told me: “Today, everybody should celebrate two mothers: our birth mother and also Mother Earth.” And she is right: the Earth is loving, nurturing and generous in supporting all of its creatures. What can we learn from our mothers and from the Earth as we seek to lead change toward peace and sustainability? Mother’s day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the love, care, and service that we receive from our mothers. A day to appreciate the best of women...
Organizational leaders seem to start “conversations” by inviting people to “discuss” everything from company marketing plans to daily personal matters. But, true discussions don’t always happen. You already knew that through didn’t you? Let’s face it, “conversation” is or can be one of those overused words like “authentic leadership.” When we opt to do toss a word into workplace use without consciousness we are more likely to remove the very possibilities of...
This is the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War's beginning – and recent political events brought this painfully to my awareness. As Donald Trump celebrated forcing the president of the United States show his birth certificate, I read a blog by Goldie Taylor titled “Why Obama shouldn't have had to show his papers,” which looked at the historical implications of Trump's demand for President Obama's birth certificate and a different historical context of “the birther” movement arose for me...
Just when we thought the controversy over President Obama’s birth certificate was over, it got riled up again by Donald Trump. Now, it seems, even President Obama’s birth certificate can’t stop it. What happened? How did we reach this point? The answer is a term you’ve probably heard before, a “snowball effect.” Unless you’re happy with the snowball effect Trump’s created, you’re probably wondering—along with millions of other Americans—how we can break...
Maybe it’s time we stop trying to fool each other: nobody has all the answers. Admitting what we don’t know is the first step to improving it. I recently conducted an organizational assessment to determine what was on the minds of team members and how they might use that information to improve their performance. I summarized the information provided during the one-on-one interviews I conducted and shared the report with the leader. After reviewing the report the leader simply said, "I am not surprised by any of this....
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