Example Of Peace, Courage, and Compassion

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One of the themes that emerged for my book “Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts” was:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion.  When I asked how to do this, they gave ideas that are included in the book.  But this post can also add value for anyone in a leadership position.  Learn from a police officer who learned …

Creating A Place Where People Want To Work

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If you are in a position to influence the lives of others at work, then this blog post is for you.  Since we spend almost as much or more time at work than at home, it is important to create a place where people want to work.  Recently I had an article published based on a local case study.  Read …

Why We Should Be Doing Deep Work

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This post is written for people interested in using their time more effectively.  Time is our most important resource.  Use your time wisely by engaging in deep work. Since my first career was in higher education, I enjoy reading research articles and books based on research.  As a former management professor and now leadership development and change management consultant, I …

What They Don’t Teach in Business School

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Business schools don’t prepared people to be laid off or downsized out nor do they teach leaders how to lay off people.  We often refer to people and interpersonal skills as the “soft skills.” But as one of my Sages for Leading With Wisdom:  Sage Advice for 100 Experts told me:  “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.”  And another Sage …

How To Measure Culture Change

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Several of my recent blog posts have been about culture and several readers asked about measuring culture change.  This is my response to that inquiry. You have probably heard the old adage (paraphrased): “What measures matters.  And if you don’t measure it, then it must not matter.” Since culture influences how people feel, what they believe, and how they act, …

Culture Starts at the Top

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  While a leadership development and change management consultant, I am a “culture person.”  I believe that nothing much else matters unless the organization has a healthy culture and the tone is set at the top.  So I am going to be writing several posts on how to create a culture where people want to work. Culture starts at the …

How To Lead Like A Sage (at a younger age)

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People who regularly read my blog know that I am passionate about sage-ing or positive aging.  After writing my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts,  I started to weave these concepts into leadership development since the most important person to lead is yourself.  One of my main conclusions in my book is that “it is hard to be …

Courage is a Skill to Practice NOW

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Now is the time to practice courage.  In these uncertain times, courage is an important leadership skill to practice.  And just as any other skill, practice enhances most skills and usually makes them stronger.  Courage is a skill we need to be practicing professionally and personally in order to do the right things. What is courage?  There are a few …

Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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Vulnerability is a leadership strength. This was the title of one of the chapters in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts.  But the editor from my publishing company did not think that title would resonate with male leaders.  So the chapter is called:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion. I still believe vulnerability is a strength, yet …

Embracing Mortality to Move Forward

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One of the themes that emerged out of the research for my leadership book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts was the value of embracing mortality and learning about grief and dying in order for leaders to connect with empathy and compassion.  I started the research for this book in 2004 when I was teaching undergraduates.  In fact, I developed …