Just say no

Just say no

I have a client who is in overwhelm. How do I know? She personally told me that she has thousands and thousands of unread emails…that she will never get to. And everyone around her has confidentially told me that my client simply promises too much, overcommits, and...
What Are You Building?

What Are You Building?

I was reminded last week of the following parable: A traveler is passing by a construction site where he sees three workers. He asks the first: “What are you doing?” The worker says, “I’m cutting this stone.” The traveler asks the next man, “What are you doing?” The...
User’s Manual to your manager

User’s Manual to your manager

There is increasing interest in the business world in “onboarding”, the process by which managers and executives are oriented to, and integrated into, an organization. Books like The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins have become bestsellers, and organizations of all...
Leadership lessons from deep in a copper mine

Leadership lessons from deep in a copper mine

Everyone is all too familiar with the amazing story of survival coming out of Chile. Thirty-three miners trapped in a copper mine half a mile below the surface after a collapse on August 5th. Just as most had given up hope, rescue workers discovered a note tied to a...
WAIT! Why am I talking?

WAIT! Why am I talking?

I learned a new acronym today – WAIT. It stands for “Why Am I Talking?” I have it up on the bulletin board in my office to remind me to talk less and listen more during my coaching and other important conversations. I am naturally more of a thinker than a talker, but...