Idea Generation

Do Your Words Make People Think?

By | October 29th, 2017|Building Capability, Idea Generation, Remarkable Results|

I recently received a wonderful acknowledgement. I was waiting in the lobby of a building and happened to run into someone who had been in one of my programs. We chatted for a few minutes and, as we were saying [...]

What Would Remarkable Look Like?

By | October 2nd, 2017|Creation Process, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

In my work with leaders and teams, I often introduce creating remarkable results. Today, I want to ask you to ponder a question: What would be an (even more) "remarkable" result, work experience, or life for me? My definition for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vulnerability Is The Birthplace of Innovation, Creativity, and Change

By | June 20th, 2016|Idea Generation, Leaders, Teams, Your Emotional Self|

In a recent collaborative session with a colleague, I was introduced to Brené Brown. She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Over six years ago she began to study "shame" and ended up uncovering the [...]