Active Listening And Generative Listening – Listening Between The Lines

Performance communication One day my wife Lisa was sharing her thoughts on a topic that I seem to be having some difficulty practicing. As she was sharing her thoughts, she stopped, looked at me, and said, “Were you listening to me?” I responded, “Yes, I heard what you were saying.” “No, that’s not what I […]

Unconscious Bias before DEI – Exercise | Deliberate practice

From the Post: Leaders, Do This Before You Attempt Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Grab your journal and start taking notes about yourself. I recently was invited to submit one of my paintings to a national painting exhibition. The day before the awards were presented I went to the gallery studied the judge’s work and picked […]

Leaders, Do This Before You Attempt Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Unconscious bias plays a significant role in shaping our perceptions, decisions, and behaviors, often without our conscious awareness, this is our psychodynamics. These biases are formed by our experiences, upbringing, cultural background, and societal influences. While they may not be intentional, unconscious biases can have profound effects on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within organizations […]

The Rational Leader – Exercise | Deliberate practice

From the Post: The Rational Leader: Cultivating Self-Awareness, Critical Examination, and Determination Start with one of the five areas listed below to practice self-awareness, self-examination, and self-determination: Make some time for yourself to explore all five areas. One is not more important than the other. All five are equally important when you use them together.  […]

The Rational Leader: Cultivating Self-Awareness, Critical Examination, and Determination

In the realm of leadership, the quest for rationality stands as an enduring aspiration. Rational leaders are not merely those who make decisions based on logic and reason; they are individuals deeply attuned to their inner workings, capable of critical self-examination, and steadfast in their determination to navigate through the complexities of decision-making unswayed by […]

As A Leader, Prove Yourself Wrong First – Exercise | Deliberate practice

From the Post: As A Leader, Prove Yourself Wrong First: Thinking Before You Decide In the realm of leadership, decision-making is a critical skill. Leaders are often tasked with making tough choices that can have far-reaching consequences. In the pursuit of making informed decisions, the instinct is to seek validation for one’s ideas and beliefs.  […]

As A Leader, Prove Yourself Wrong First: Thinking Before You Decide

In the realm of leadership, decision-making is a critical skill. Leaders are often tasked with making tough choices that can have far-reaching consequences. In the pursuit of making informed decisions, the instinct is to seek validation for one’s ideas and beliefs.  However, true leadership requires a different approach—one that involves challenging oneself and being open […]

The Power of Perception: How Individual Staff Perceptions Shape Leadership Effectiveness

Leadership is not solely about the actions of the leader but is also heavily influenced by the perceptions of those being led. Staff perceptions, shaped by their experiences, beliefs, and interactions with the leader, play a pivotal role in determining the effectiveness of leadership. Understanding and managing these perceptions is crucial for leaders to foster […]

Accountability or Entitlement – Exercise | Deliberate practice

From the Post: Accountability or Entitlement: Navigating Shifts in Workforce Dynamics In the landscape of modern employment, a palpable shift has been observed. It’s a possible shift from the traditional culture of accountability to an emerging culture of entitlement. Where once pride in one’s work was paramount, there now seems to be a growing sentiment […]