You Have More Power Than You Use

By | August 29th, 2016|Building Capability, Co-Creators, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

There are two kinds of power: positional power and personal power. Sometimes we are actually not using our positional power in the role we play, but that's not what I'm talking about today. Often when I work with a client about [...]

Can You Be Influential Without A Relationship?

By | February 22nd, 2015|Co-Creators, Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Strategic Influencing, Teams, Women|

I have been working with teams and leaders on becoming more influential for many years. As I've done the work, a number of human realities have emerged in my conversations with you: Understand. We don't really know our key stakeholders very [...]

Harnessing Collective Genius as a Leader

By | October 6th, 2014|Building Capability, Co-Creators, Creation Process, Remarkable Results, Teams|

Last week, I attended an event to hear Linda A. Hill of Harvard Business School and Greg Brandeau of Pixar and Walt Disney. They have a new book called Collective Genius, The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. Linda, Greg [...]

Are You Ready For The Next Season of You?

By | August 10th, 2014|Building Capability, Careers, Co-Creators, Creation Process, Idea Generation|

Recently I wrote a post comprised of a few quotes and received a lot of thoughtful responses. This post is similar in construct. As you are anticipating a new school year (as I do even now) or a fast-approaching new [...]

Are You Making Any Headway With Your Complaints?

By | February 10th, 2013|Co-Creators, Conversations, Intention, People Are Funny, Your Emotional Self|

Photo by bbaunach in Flickr From the time we've been babies, we've been asking for things. Likely, the more we got, the more we expected. Then, when we didn't get what we knew was possible and what we [...]

Are You Dealing with A Passive-Aggressive Personality?

By | January 21st, 2013|Co-Creators, Leaders, People Are Funny, Strategic Influencing|

Passive Aggressive. It's a label we throw around for a direct report, peer or boss who seems to work against us in a maddening way. Listen to my interview with Dr. Herbert Rappaport, PhD to hear about: A diagnosis embedded [...]

If Alignment Drives Decision, Who Has The Power?

By | December 17th, 2012|Co-Creators, Creation Process, Intention, Remarkable Results, Strategic Influencing|

In nearly every organization, one of the most challenging leadership demands is to get true alignment across a spectrum of stakeholders (e.g., co-creators, etc.). In that need to create alignment, the ultimate outcome is some form of decision. That decision [...]

Are the Spokes in Your Wheel Misaligned?

By | December 10th, 2012|Co-Creators, Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Strategic Influencing|

Are you working on a result that requires a complicated set of co-creators across your organization or your client? Do you think of them as spokes in a wheel with you changing the gears? I thought it was a great [...]

Dance With A Big, Bad Partner

By | December 3rd, 2012|Co-Creators, General, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Strategic Influencing, Your Emotional Self|

Some of the most challenging situations for me were in my 30's when I headed HR for a professional services firm. Twenty-five partners, all very smart and aggressive, and most very well-intended. This post captures the context for [...]