Invest in a Portfolio Life

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Recently, I participated in a “Transition to Retirement Summit” where I got to listen to several people over the course of three days via webinar interviews.  This Summit was organized and facilitated by Marianne Oehser who I plan to interview for my monthly podcast series titled Becoming a Sage.   My podcasts are sent out as blog posts on the second Friday …

Leadership Development is Personal Development

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One of the statements I often make is: “Organizations only grow and improve when people grow and improve.  So to become a better leader, work on becoming a better person.” Since self-awareness is empowering, leadership development starts with understanding the self.  And the better we understanding ourselves, the easier it is to understand others.  Not easy–but easier.  First, it is …

Becoming a Sage by Seeking Wisdom

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One of my favorite words is “wisdom” probably because we think of Sages as having wisdom.  In fact, I like the phrase “becoming a sage” so much that this is the title of my monthly podcast series (on the second Friday of each month). You may be familiar with Krista Tippett, the public radio host of On Being (and newsletter with the …

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It is said that Peter Drucker used this phrase to indicate that corporate culture is more important than company strategy.  Yet, many companies are making decisions that are destroying the culture.  I often use these metaphors to describe culture: Invisible tapestry.  We often can’t see it, but culture weaves people together. Glue.  It is the glue …

Why Relationships Matter

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In my leadership courses, workshops, and coaching, I require people to read the “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant in the Sunday New York Times.  Bryant interviews CEOs and other senior leaders and I always learn something new or it reinforces something I believe and advocate. I also am an avid reader of every word of the New York Times Style Section on Sundays.  While …

The Power of Presence

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For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my thoughts about the growing “disease” of social isolation and how important it is for leaders to build community.  I shared research by Sheryl Turkle who has written two books and a TED talk on how technology is harming our ability to have conversations.  Turkle says we need to work at …

Becoming a Sage Episode 2

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann.  Episode 2 features Dr. Jann’s conversion Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), and the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—-rated among the “Top 20 Career Publications” by the Workforce Information Group. He is also the former “behavioral specialist” at USA …

The Real Purpose of Leadership: Part 3

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of my blog series on “Building Community,” I focused on the growing disease of social isolation, the problems it was causing, and what leaders might do about it.  This post is about the real purpose of leadership. When I think about community, I am reminded of Robert Putnam’s classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse …

How Leaders Build Community: Part 2

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This is a blog series on social isolation and how leaders need to pay attention and build community as a result.  In a previous blog, I shared a quote from Thomas Friedman’s latest book Thank You For Being Late:  Friedman asked Surgeon General Murthy what was the biggest disease in America today.  Without hesitation, he answered, “It’s not cancer.  It’s …

Leaders Need To Build Community: Part 1

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As I said in an earlier post, one of my current research areas is the topic of community.  So I am going to write a series of posts on various aspects of this topic.  Based on his most recent book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman of the New …