Breakthrough via collaboration

By |December 26th, 2018|

Throughout history people have been motivated to band together. To build villages, trade and barter, rebel against injustice. And, create. Today there’s debate about whether collaboration is wearing out ambitious professionals in matrixed organizations. Fair enough. Coordinating with others can take longer than making decisions on your own, and an excess of meetings, especially if […]

Mental Fortitude

By |September 18th, 2018|

Imagine you’re 20 years old again. You’re competing at peak levels of tennis and for the first time in your rapidly-accelerating career you are on center court at the U.S. Open finals. Over the next two hours you’ll be dueling with an all-time great, Serena Williams, who’s intimating and still has a lot to prove. […]

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 […]