Are You Effectively Tapping Into Your Network?

Oftentimes, when working with a client who is exploring something new (a bigger role, a career change, etc), they lament that they don’t know where to start when it comes to preparing for this shift. This is a wonderful time to engage those who already know and like you. In this situation, there are three […]

Start a Mini-Revolution With Just 5 Minutes!

It’s midweek and I cannot tell you how many calls I’ve had this week where the person begins by apologizing for having been a few minutes late because the last meeting ran over. Inevitably, one of the reasons it ran over was because the meeting started late as attendees dripped in (having just ended their […]

Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain

It can be easy for us to fall back on old habits when the consequences of our current decisions will not be fully realized until some point in the future. But, small, committed shifts, repeated day after day, week after week, year after year, will add up. I was recently reminded of this when I […]

You Can’t Discover New Terrain Following Old Paths

Half of the island where we live is conservation land with beautiful trails running through it. As we were walking a new path the other day, I was struck by how often people get stuck in the ‘ ‘this is the way we’ve always done it” thinking. In other words, let’s stick to the path […]

Rebuilding Trust and Moving Forward

I was recently asked the question, “What would you tell Dr. Gay if she came to you for advice about how to rebuild trust and help the Harvard community move forward when there is quite a bit of pain and distrust among alumni, students, parents, donors, faculty and staff?” There are so many layers to […]

Educated Incapacity: The Problem With Being an Expert

There is a term, educated incapacity, and I really like how Herman Kahn explains it. He says that “the more expert a person is, the less likely that person is to see a solution when it is not within the framework in which (they) were taught to think.” This idea holds true for organizations as […]

How to Conquer Your Stubborn Habits

It is astounding how insidious habits can be. How they can sneak their way into your life and embed themselves without any conscious awareness. By the time you do become aware and want to alter or eliminate the habit, it’s like trying to pull an invasive weed from the garden. It takes patience, persistence, and […]

Do You See Obstacles or Opportunities?

I was watching the televised “End of the Road” KISS concert recently. During the pre-concert interviews, Paul Stanley commented, “Obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goals.” It seems this quote is originally attributed to Henry Ford. During the interview with Gene Simmons, he spoke of often being told that he […]

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

In recent conversations with several executives, a common theme emerges — a relentless work environment marked by fewer employees, escalating demands, packed schedules, and incessant communication through texts, emails, and chat apps. The consequence? These executives are running on fumes, feeling utterly drained. When you’re depleted, creativity, objectivity, and sound decision-making become elusive. You might […]

Are You Solving The Right Problem?

The other day, I had a discussion with a client who was fixated on the fact that their request to fill a position had been denied as the company is in a hiring freeze. He was passionate about how this corporate imperative was going to impede his ability to achieve his goals and that every […]