Idea Generation

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 [...]

At The Existentialist Cafe

By | May 15th, 2016|Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Your Emotional Self|

I started reading At The Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell this week. The subtitle is "Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails." I am loving the book. Ms. Bakewell tells the story of foundational existentialist philosophers (e.g., Sartre, Heidegger, Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, etc.), their [...]

Are You Free?

By | April 25th, 2016|Careers, Idea Generation, Inspirational People, Intention, Leaders, Women, Your Emotional Self|

This weekend was Passover, and we hosted a seder for fifteen at our house. The story of the Jewish slaves regaining their freedom from Egypt is a powerful one. In all the food courses, song, readings, and children desperately trying [...]