Did You Hear What I Just Said?

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw  When it comes to communication, most of us think we’re pretty good at it. But how often have you told your spouse, child, teammate, or subordinate how to perform a task, only to discover the results are not what you expected?

What’s Your Silver Bullet?

It’s said a silver bullet can kill a werewolf. A silver bullet can also be a direct and supposedly effortless solution to a problem; a remedy that cuts through complexity and provides an immediate (almost magical) fix.

White You’re Alright – Red You’re Dead

Not many people dive out of airplanes without a parachute, but Luke Aikins does.  He jumped out of an airplane at 25,000 feet and successfully landed on a net on a runway. 

“The Talk” – We Can Be Better Than This

When I was growing up getting “the talk” meant having a somewhat awkward conversation with your parent about the birds & the bees.  Today having “the talk” means something entirely different and more ominous especially if you are a person of color.

Be the Leader People Deserve

The last eight weeks have been like no other. We are in the midst of a disaster. Some of us are more involved than others and some are being hit harder than others: economically, emotionally, and physically.

There’s Genius Out There

When this pandemic is over, what then? The world is changing.  Your organization is changing.  Your people are changing.  You as the leader need to capture the positive aspects of what we are learning from this experience.

Your Most Critical KPI Today

In May, 2006 the Harvard Business Review published a story called Preparing for a Pandemic regarding the H5N1 strain of avian flu.  The article is a compilation of checklists and diagrams and warnings.  It also discusses leadership in times of uncertainty.

Be Steady

My nephew Charlie is 28, smart as a whip and autistic.  He lives with his brother James.  When life throws him a curve-ball and his schedule is disrupted, he becomes agitated, out of sorts and hard to communicate with.  Last week, the family returned from a long-anticipated vacation.  They have had to self-quarantine.  Charlie is consumed with worry about the

Are You On A Knife Edge?

Recently, I heard an entrepreneur use a term I had not heard before: She said she felt like she was on a knife-edge as she was growing her business. A knife edge is a situation where nobody knows whether something good or bad is going to happen next.  The company could fail at any moment.