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Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Six Lies Leaders Tell Themselves to Avoid Giving Feedback

As a leadership coach and trainer, I hear tons of reasons why people don’t give direct feedback. What we don’t realize is the cost of NOT providing honest feedback to the people who work for us. Like the 55-year-old government employee who keeps being given the next hoop to jump through before he can lead ... Read More

Is your Hero’s Journey guiding your Leadership Development?

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell As I watched the documentary, Finding Joe, in the theatre Saturday evening, swirling emotions gripped me. A sense of acknowledgment that, at so many points during my life, I have ... Read More

Better Stupid than Lazy…

Or is it better lazy than stupid? Seth Godin prefers stupid to lazy, but what he is really describing is a trade-off our ego makes. Depending on our norms, we make different trade-offs. In short, we are willing to admit one negative characteristic about ourselves in order to protect ourselves from looking like another, far worse ... Read More

The Brain Chemistry of Perceived Threats

In my last post on the brain, I covered three important parts of our brain and the various roles they play in our responses to sensory input. In this post, I want to look at how perceived threats impact our behavior. I was coaching an executive who was having a problem with one of his ... Read More

Do You Know These Three Different Parts Of Your Brain?

There are more neurons in our brains than stars in the Milky Way, and nobody fully understands how our brains really work. Still, as the statistician George E. P. Box wrote, “all models are wrong, but some are useful.” So, over the next few blog posts I will provide a simplified model (taken from our ... Read More