People Are Funny

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: [...]

A Simple Network-Building Tactic

By | August 21st, 2017|Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

This post will be short and simple. A client shared something she does to get to know people in her company. She invites two people to lunch. She picks up the tab. So far, her invitation has never been declined. [...]

Monday Morning and “Seeing Into” The People Who Matter

By | March 6th, 2017|Building Capability, Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Teams|

I follow a blog called BrainPickings. This week I was intrigued by the lead article reviewing a book, You Must Change Your Life: The story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin.  The author states that the greatest gift Rodin [...]

It Takes Two

By | October 10th, 2016|Building Capability, Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

Can you think of someone key to your results who is just not the best of leaders or not up to the challenge of their critical role? Do you feel frustration and maybe anger that the person is such a [...]

How Can I Motivate My People?

By | August 16th, 2015|Building Capability, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

Leaders often ask me "How can I motivate my people?" Whether you are near the end of the calendar year or starting the academic year, you should be thinking about your best people and what motivates them. The Problem With Motivating Others The [...]

Could Work Be More Of A Party

By | July 27th, 2015|Leaders, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Teams|

We hosted a great party this weekend. We know because people started telling us that we had a great idea before they arrived. Then, they told us shortly into and throughout the party how much fun they were having. And, [...]

Listening With the Third Ear

By | July 13th, 2015|Building Capability, Creation Process, Leaders, People Are Funny, Remarkable Results, Teams, Women, Your Emotional Self|

Photo by Erix! on Creative Commons I am re-posting this piece today that I wrote in July 2012. This week, I will be working on listening with my third ear. Do you listen carefully to key people in [...]

Do You Have A Clear Value Exchange?

By | March 20th, 2015|Building Capability, Leaders, People Are Funny, Strategic Influencing, Teams|

The second puzzle piece to building key relationships is having a clear Value Exchange. I imagine, you have heard the wisdom that we have to "give and take" in a relationship. It makes sense, of course. You give and take; and, [...]

Try A Lot Of Understanding

By | March 16th, 2015|Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

We are talking about building key relationships through understanding. In any relationship, our attention and consideration of what we know about a person fuels our understanding of their interests and actions. Real understanding evolves over time. And while we never [...]