By | November 5th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Inspirational People, Leaders, Teams|

How serious are you about the effectiveness in the feedback and coaching on your team? Watch at least 2-3 minutes of this young cellist and her "performance coach" and tell me what is remarkable about the interaction. If you can't [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Are You Resilient For the Big and Small Things?

By | May 1st, 2017|Careers, Conversations, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results|

Everywhere I turn, I am reading an article about Sherly Sandberg's and Adam Grant's book Option B. If you haven't heard, it's about the sudden death of Sheryl's husband while they were on vacation and the devastating grief and her [...]

It’s Time To Imbed Useful Feedback Into Your D2D Practices

By | February 13th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

In January, I attended a professional meeting to hear about Josh Bersin's 2017 predictions impacting HR and talent (Bersin by Deloitte). Josh founded a research group now part of Deloitte. Every prediction resonated with me. A thread through many of the predictions [...]

Lead Into Collaboration

By | January 16th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Creation Process, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

Whether a team leader or individual contributor, each of us has the opportunity to "lead" a more collaborative discourse within our team or with a colleague. Not every conversation needs to be collaborative. Directing the group or encouraging healthy debate are [...]

Three Questions to Help Refrain From Dysfunctional Debate

By | October 2nd, 2016|Conversations, Creation Process, Idea Generation, Leaders, Teams|

Last week, I talked about holding back when you really don't have much to say. This week, I am thinking about our human tendency to move into hot and heavy "debate" on an issue, especially when we have deep expertise or [...]

Is There Anything Meaningful to Say Right Now?

By | September 26th, 2016|Building Capability, Conversations, Leaders, Teams, Your Emotional Self|

In my family, the dinner table was a time to talk. Talk about the day. Talk about world events. Talk about any topic, without reservation. In school, I always raised my hand if I knew the answer. And at work, I've been lucky [...]