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What does neuroscience have to say about hot buttons? A LOT!

What does neuroscience have to say about hot buttons? A LOT!

Longtime LaL senior executive coach, culture change partner and facilitator Carole Levy – our cartoonist-in-residence – shares her unique perspective on the neuroscience of the birth and nurturing of our ego’s hot buttons in her popular blog series, “Hot Button Mastery”. For a brief overview on where the roots of our perceived threats reside, and ... Read More
 
3 Leadership Dysfunctions That Could Be Costing You Millions

3 Leadership Dysfunctions That Could Be Costing You Millions

Brandon Black, the former CEO of Encore Capital, was a client of LaL’s for several years while he struggled to grow the company in a challenging industry — debt collection. Brandon teamed up with his coach, LaL President Shayne Hughes, and the LaL team to change the culture of Encore, starting at the top. This ... Read More
 
Forgo Your Ego or Forget the Promotion

Forgo Your Ego or Forget the Promotion

by Lara Nuer When Dan, a former two-star U.S. Navy Admiral, now COO of a $500 million company, publicly berated a VP during an executive meeting, it was the last straw. Having taken this abuse one too many times in less charged settings, the VP quit on the spot, becoming the catalyst for Dan to ... Read More
 
Making Others Good: The Crossword Puzzle

Making Others Good: The Crossword Puzzle

LaL alumna Kathy Makowski, Director of Human Resources at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, enjoyed our downloadable booklet Making Others Good: The Crucial Tool for Transforming Dysfunction in Your Organization so much, she created a crossword puzzle around its concepts to share with her colleagues to help them lock in the lessons. We at LaL ... Read More
 
Making Business Personal Pays Off

Making Business Personal Pays Off

By Shayne Hughes We love to see research that highlights how working on ourselves as leaders is the highest act of leadership. Harvard Business Review recently published an article by some of our favorite people in the field of behavioral change. Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Robert Kegan and lecturer Lisa Lahey, authors of ... Read More
 
Let’s change the world, one ego at a time (starting with mine)

Let’s change the world, one ego at a time (starting with mine)

By Lara Nuer 15 years ago this day, Claire Nuer (pictured at left) who co-founded the LaL methodology 30 years ago, passed away.  She was my mother, my mentor and my best friend. She inspired these thoughts in me, as a wish for 2014 and beyond. I believe we are born with a need to ... Read More
 

What Male Leaders Desperately Want

Learning as Leadership’s work is more than just teaching executives to be effective in their leadership, or to build high-performing teams and cultures. It’s about supporting men and women in positions of weighty responsibility to let go of their Egosystem and rediscover their humanity. This makes them far more inspiring and trusted leaders, allows their ... Read More
 
How to Conduct Your Own In-Depth 360º Feedback

How to Conduct Your Own In-Depth 360º Feedback

by Jonathan London, Feedback Specialist  Feedback. It’s not a word that typically conjures up a ton of positive feelings. Throw “360º” in the mix, and many people’s eyes glaze over. But people don’t inherently dislike feedback. I actually think most of us crave specific information on how we’re perceived, how we impact those around us, ... Read More
 
How to Leverage a New Insight

How to Leverage a New Insight

By Jonathan London If you’re in a leadership position in almost any organization, chances are you’ve attended your fair share of leadership development and teambuilding retreats. It’s not always easy to pry ourselves away from the crisis du jour, but doing so provides something invaluable: perspective. Outside the reactive, rapid-fire thinking that dominates much of ... Read More
 
Repairing Broken Trust on a Team

Repairing Broken Trust on a Team

By Laura Gates I often hear similar reasons from leadership teams from very different organizations for why they can’t accomplish the work they’ve set out to do together: 1.    I can’t trust “so and so.”  And when I ask, “Well, did you talk to “so and so” about the issue you’re having with them?” I ... Read More