ideas for a 21st century human-centered workplace


Your New Leadership Role Is Like January 2nd

June 14, 2012 | Comments Off on Your New Leadership Role Is Like January 2nd

A fresh new start… Whether moving into a new leadership role internally by a promotion or as an external new hire, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start, right?  You think how this time you can learn from examples in your last position and prior.  Working from a clean slate in your new leadership role,…

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Rabbit Holes and Leading Effectively

May 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Rabbit Holes and Leading Effectively

Over and over I have observed my colleagues, my clients and myself falling into similar rabbit holes while attempting to lead effectively.  Some of the rabbit holes I refer to include the following: “I just need to improve my time management.” “No one listens to me despite my coherent arguments.” “The executive director (or the…

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Cultivate Generative Capacity

May 15, 2012 | Comments Off on Cultivate Generative Capacity

I was recently giving a workshop on leadership self-development for middle managers, and was reminded of the power of our words and the need to be clear and intentional with our words when we manage, train, or coach.  This realization arose for me when a participant asked a question on one of my slides: “What…

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The Paradox of Doing Good: A Call to NGO Leaders

April 30, 2012 | Comments Off on The Paradox of Doing Good: A Call to NGO Leaders

A curious paradox persists within non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that I will term “the paradox of doing good.”  NGOs face great pressure from many stakeholders, both internal and external, to use their limited resources efficiently and responsibly.  The expectation from donors, regulatory bodies, board members, watchdog groups, politicians, the general public, even NGO staff themselves is…

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The “But-My-Boss” Effect

April 14, 2012 | Comments Off on The “But-My-Boss” Effect

As a leadership coach often working with middle managers, I notice one particular challenge common to many of my clients: a strong presence of their supervisors within our coaching conversations.  Or, perhaps to be more precise, it is the presence of the client’s relationship with the boss.  I’ll call this the “but-my-boss” effect. As the…

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Staff Development: an HR Dilemma

April 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Staff Development: an HR Dilemma

Human Resources managers in the non-profit sector can face quite a dilemma when it comes to staff development.  So often, the management team turns to HR to bring to fruition pronouncements about “our staff being our most important asset.”  Intentions are pure, hopes are high, and, all too often, clarity is lacking. What do we…

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The ‘Use of Self’

March 15, 2012 | Comments Off on The ‘Use of Self’

It’s really true that leadership and ‘Self’ are all intertwined, isn’t it?  Some days, we wake up and we aren’t feeling our best physically, or we have a lot going on personally, or whatever else…. We don’t feel much like a leader and we don’t have much energy for putting out a strong leadership vibe…

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Meaningful Connection

March 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Meaningful Connection

How often do we walk away from a conversation and think back to how we may have done it differently?  Well, to be honest, not everyone maintains that level of awareness.  Yet if we were to honestly look back at the end of the day to our meetings, phone calls and water-cooler conversations, we may…

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Don’t Just “Do”, “Be”.

February 15, 2012 | Comments Off on Don’t Just “Do”, “Be”.

A wise friend recently reminded me of the power in going beyond the “doing” of leadership and on to the “being.”  Leaders who wish to develop their abilities and elevate their performance look for tips on good techniques, for succinct models, for memorable checklists, and perhaps for an occasional energetic workshop.  And then they try…

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New Leaders Need Space

February 1, 2012 | Comments Off on New Leaders Need Space

The transition from being a manager to being a leader is an amazing moment that not all managers experience.  Well, to be fair, it isn’t just one moment but a series of many over time through which a manager emerges to become a leader.  But this personal growth needs space and support. Leadership vs management…

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