Building Capability

What’s Foundational About You and Your People?

By | September 18th, 2017|Building Capability, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

One of the most important factors in understanding a person is the foundation for his or her "lens" on work and life. In other words, what makes you, "you?" There are at least five building blocks to my personal foundation: [...]

The Problem With Words

By | July 24th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Teams|

We don't exclusively communicate with words. Our body language and actions send messages, too. However, words are a critical vehicle for creating shared understanding...and therein lies a big problem. We assume the words we use have a common meaning to [...]

When Nietzsche Wept

By | July 16th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Creation Process, Idea Generation, Inspirational People, Leaders, Your Emotional Self|

I recently read When Nietzsche Wept, a novel by Irvin Yalom. The story is a wonderfully told tale, with enough quotes and seemingly true aspects of three great thinkers Josef Breuer (physician), Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher), and Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist).  One [...]

Be Yourself

By | July 10th, 2017|Building Capability, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

Recently, one of my friends was going through a very challenging situation, full of tough business and people changes. As we talked about how she was handling the challenges, she said that the most important thing her boss said to [...]

Allowing Silence To Source Answers

By | June 5th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Leaders, Teams|

This weekend was a family weekend. My brother was in from San Francisco and my husband's daughter and our grandson (11 years old) were in from Boston. We had a lively dinner on Saturday that included my father and my son. [...]

The Power Of One In Dialogue

By | April 24th, 2017|Building Capability, Creation Process, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

I've been thinking about how we engage in dialogue. The Webster definition of dialogue is "an exchange of ideas and opinions." So, in our work life, dialogue would be particularly important when we are solving a problem or creating new [...]

Six Rules For Listening

By | April 17th, 2017|Building Capability, Creation Process, Leaders, Teams, Your Emotional Self|

Whether you are getting to know someone, understanding a problem or opportunity, creating something new, etc., there is tremendous power in truly listening to a person or more. Erich Fromm, an influential psychologist and philosopher (1900-1980), conducted a seminar on The Art [...]

Do Your People Have Plans That Will Actually Help Them Develop?

By | April 2nd, 2017|Building Capability|

So often development plans are quickly put together after a performance review at the beginning of the year and, then, only looked at in November to make sure those action boxes are checked. What happened to the learning and application [...]

What’s the Value of Authentic Encouragement?

By | March 26th, 2017|Building Capability, Intention, Leaders, Teams, Your Emotional Self|

Remember a time when you were encouraged about your potential. Who? When? What? Where? And, most importantly, how did the encouragement make you feel—and what did you do as a result? From the time I was new to the work [...]