Recently, I was reading Richard Hallowell’s book Driven to Distraction at Work. In his Introduction, Hallowell refers to comments from Tim Armstrong of AOL regarding his mandate for scheduled “think time.” Frankly, the comments provoked some thinking of my own. First, I scoured my schedule and noticed that I did not have any white space specifically set aside for cerebral exercise. Next, I decided to make a list of benefits. What might I be missing by failing to nail down a few minutes exclusively devoted to thinking? My list of benefits came to mind quickly. Think time will help me realign my identity with whatRead More →

Recently, I was sitting in a restaurant with a group of friends. One of my friends left his reading glasses in his car. When he strained in a desperate attempt to read themenu, I smiled and offered my glasses. Apparently, his desire to save a trip to the car was sufficient motivation to give them a try. My prescription was less precise than he expected. After a little effort, he was able to make out the words and order his meal. Problem solved. There was another solution. I could have read the menu to him and offered some suggestions. After all, I could see theRead More →

Executive Retreat

“Trust is like a forest.  It takes a long time to grow and can burn down with just a touch of carelessness.” – David Horsager                   Leaders play a key role in each company; that is why companies work hard to find the best fit for their culture and employees when hiring new leaders.  One of the most important qualities for leaders to have and to develop with their employees is trust.   Without the ability to build trust with employees, leaders will not work well with the team and will be unable to truly make anRead More →

Do you have a strong desire to learn? It’s hard to imagine a context in which a leader would respond negatively to such a question. With all the deluge of content aimed at lifelong learning and learning organizations, it seems to be a given. Leaders are supposed to say, “Yes” to learning. What is your current level of curiosity? The last time you were asked to identify your strengths, did curiosity make your top five? Before you answer too quickly, look up the definition of curiosity. CU·RI·OS·I·TY ˌkyo͝orēˈäsədē/ According to Merriam-Webster.com, curiosity is defined as “the desire to learn or know more about something orRead More →

New leaders are often faced with unexpected challenges.  There are always tasks that a previous position did not prepare you for, or that the person who filled the role previously did not warn you about.   Being a leader is about helping those who you work with, to help make them as productive as possible.  Oftentimes leaders forget that one of their main goals is to make sure everyone else has as much, if not more, success than they have.  This is a challenge – the balance between improving oneself and improving others is difficult to find.   Just a few of the challenges facedRead More →

When parents counsel their children about decision making, they typically boil it down to three words, “Make good choices.” It’s a pretty good framework for developing decision-making at all levels of life and it sounds infinitely more positive than “Don’t do anything stupid.” However, sometimes it’s easier said than done. When it comes to making good choices, leaders face a double-edged sword. You feel the pressure to accelerate. After all, faster decisions conserve valuable resources, such as your time. You feel the pressure to get it right. Mistakes are costly. The stakes are high and expectations relentless. Replace your anxiety with a plan. Keep itRead More →