Ask beautiful questions

By |May 25th, 2018|

Solutions are nice. Questions are better. The quality of our questions shapes not only the answers available to us, but our entire life. Asking great questions will change a person’s trajectory.

If you want to get to the root of any tough situation, you’ll ask hard questions, the ones you’d rather avoid because you instinctively know […]

Meditation: Good for Business, Better for You

By |March 30th, 2018|

I had no idea what I was in for when I decided to make meditation a habit. And yet I genuinely craved a classic habit, “a regular tendency, especially one that is hard to give up.” For this, I needed a technique with stickability. I needed experiences so helpful, so definitive and so repeatable that […]

Marco Polo: close or far?

By |February 28th, 2018|

Podcasts and pool games. Do they have anything in common? I stumbled on one commonality when I listened to a recent episode of the Slate Political Gabfest, one of my favorite weeklies. David Plotz hosts with regulars John Dickerson and Emily Baselon. Every few months they stage a live audience conundrum show. December’s included participation […]

Start with genuinely seeing

By |February 6th, 2018|

The simple act of sitting down with a client at the start of a new project is invigorating. In remarkably short order a rich field of vision opens for genuinely seeing. Events leading to the project’s formation, the motivation of people in the room and beyond, specific examples of alignment or conflict — it is […]

Time to save your best for first

By |January 23rd, 2018|

Our New Year’s resolutions and time management go hand in hand. It’s already mid-January. How’s your year going so far? I blogged a few years back about something I called the Readiness Project, which gives structure and momentum when change is in the offing. Let’s add a bit of nuance for impact.

What we know: Everyone […]

After the retreat, keep the high

By |January 10th, 2018|

A retreat that earns high marks in my book generates a breakthrough. A big beautiful question leads to new insight. A path forward becomes clear. A fragmented team re-aligns.

Then what?

Sure, many teams move forward smoothly—enacting plans, achieving goals and realizing visions and despite all obstacles. Those are the teams everyone wants to be on. But […]


By |November 28th, 2017|

How did this little gem of a book slip by unnoticed? Drawing on analysis of 150+ leaders, Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown compare the behavior of those who diminish people around them, and the leaders who see, elicit and get great things from people. Who doesn’t know a boss who fell into an accidental Diminisher […]

Be relevant

By |October 5th, 2017|

Last week I spoke via conference call with a colleague-client-friend (a real treat, isn’t it, having three in one?). I thanked her at the end of the call and mentioned that she has a way of staying relevant.

“What does that mean? What does it mean to stay relevant?” she asked.

“It means you don’t slip around […]

Challenge v. task

By |September 26th, 2017|

I take simple delight in reading explanations for things I sense but haven’t fully cognized. It happened yesterday, three times. Here’s the most interesting.

“Companies have been hiring and developing these generic workhorse leaders when what they really need is a thoroughbred whose strengths are specifically suited to a particular racetrack.” (Harvard Business Review, When Hiring […]

Who elevates your thinking?

By |August 30th, 2017|

Ever notice how clearly you think when you’re with certain people? And how foggy things get when you’re with others? Organizations are incubators for the full spectrum. So it’s easy to check out office mates, managers, even entire meetings and pick up on contrasts.

Let’s start by studying the people who leave your brain feeling brighter, […]