How’s Your Team? Marcia glanced at her watch. The last ten minutes had progressed at a snail’s pace. The conference room was half empty. As usual, Marcia had arrived on time and waited. A few team members were hovering just outside the door while they finished up a conversation about the recent departure of a departmental manager. For Marcia, this was just another meeting that sucked the life out of her. She gave a quick glance at the team motto on the wall and rolled her eyes. It was her weekly dose of inconsequential reporting and a dull exchange of information. Marcia had senseRead More →

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who in this land is fairest of all? To this the mirror answered: You, my queen, are fairest of all. Then she was satisfied, for she knew that the mirror spoke the truth. It’s the line from Snow White that everyone remembers. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it a shame that Snow White gets all the press. When it comes to fame and star power the rankings are clear. It’s Snow White and the evil queen in the contrasting lead roles. Snow White is the picture of innocent beauty. The queen is the nemesis that we love toRead More →

John Mertz drew inspiration from a grove of aspen trees in the Rockies. In Activate Leadership, Mertz shares about a snowshoe journey into the mountains and powerful revelation by his guide. The guide explained how the aspens grow in community. They do not grow alone. Rather, the aspens are bound together by an incredible root system. Those nuggets of wisdom and the elaboration found in Activate Leadership are a fitting reminder. Leaders are not so different from aspens. They grow better in community. Research and writing about the burgeoning numbers of millennials in the workplace has given rise to an affirmation of the importance of community. IRead More →