The Power of Preparation

How many days have you gone to work and found yourself putting out fires all day long? It’s exhausting, isn’t it? Not to mention not very productive. How do you find time for all of your other tasks? As the leader, you are expected to have the vision to see things...

Set Priorities with the Decision Making Compass

Not too many people these days pull out their trusty compass and use it to navigate direction. Instead, we all rely on the voice of our phone or car GPS navigating us from where we are to where we want to be, step-by-step, turn-by-turn. Wouldn’t it be great if Siri or...

Do You Know Where Your Ladder Is Leaning? 

When you hear the word priority, what comes to mind? Is it the next item on your to-do list? Is it that emergency your boss just dumped on your desk? Or something that guides you and gives you clarity?  Flip open your trusty dictionary—or tap open the app—and...

The Diversity Secret No One Talks About

It was Black History Month last February, and as always at this time of year, I find myself reflecting on my own journey as a Black woman leader who worked a good portion of my career as an “only”—only woman, only person of color—in the executive offices. ...

When Recycling Is a Bad Idea

Throughout my career, I’ve seen the trend of “recycling” people.  If someone ran into trouble or was labeled a “performance problem,” the leader would either yank that person out of the role or send them to another department for someone else to deal with, as...

Keep Your Finger on the Six Pulses of Leadership™ 

In my most previous post, I introduced you to the concept of Heartbeat Leadership for developing a strong team and organization. Today, I’d like to go a little deeper and introduce you to the Six Pulses of LeadershipTM.  Just as the heart pulses our nutrient-rich...

Is the Heart of Your Organization Healthy? 

Do me a favor. Put your fingers up to your neck right now, just to the left or right of your throat. Do you feel it? Thump-thump. Thump-thump.  You don’t need a medical degree to recognize the consistent, steady beat of your heart.  Thump-thump....

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