The Destructive Side of Self-Discipline: When Self-Discipline is the Wrong Approach

Discipline is a trait of many great leaders. Individuals are often given a position of leadership because they have shown that they have the strength to follow through with producing impactful results, often in the face of challenge. Leaders learn that discipline is an important tool. When we work up the discipline to follow through on something challenging and meaningful, it feels good. When we work through resistance, we build strength and we learn more about the work, the world, and ourselves, too.

Balancing Quantitative and Qualitative Objectives in Leadership

A primary part of a leader’s role is to support the team in reaching objectives. This involves keeping the team aligned on what the objectives are, ensuring the team has the resources to execute the work, and keeping the work engaging so the team develops and remains enthusiastic. In this post, I’ll detail the key differences between quantitative and qualitative objectives, provide insight on how to make your quantitative objectives impactful, and provide some ways to begin finding balance and new energy on your team.

Giving Direction without being a Dictator

As a leader, it is your role to give direction and provide structure to make sure your team’s vision becomes reality. To do this, you have to delegate and direct the work that is accomplished on the team. How do you deliver requests without making demands? How do you give direction without seeming or feeling dictator-like?

Awake Leadership Spotlight at The Hivery

Awake Leadership Spotlight at The Hivery I am excited to be offering a book introduction and signing at The Hivery, a beautiful space in Mill Valley, CA. At this event, I will reveal the story behind the development and creation of the book, guide attendees through the seven-section method and selected exercises from the book, … Continue reading Awake Leadership Spotlight at The Hivery

Simplifying to Scale: 5 Attributes of Scalable Systems

One definition of a system is… A set of components organized and connected in an intentional way to achieve an objective. Using this definition, systems can be products, services, or methods we use in our lives to serve a purpose. When you think about systems that have scaled to serve millions of people, what products or … Continue reading Simplifying to Scale: 5 Attributes of Scalable Systems

Turn Your Chair to Create Opportunity and Experiences

I don’t watch a lot of TV but The Voice is a show I follow closely. It’s the heat of the season right now, so it’s on my mind and my screen. To some, The Voice might seem like another competitive performance show (and it is) but there is a powerful metaphor that applies to … Continue reading Turn Your Chair to Create Opportunity and Experiences

The Art of Creating Original Work and Ideas

This past weekend I went to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at MOMA with friends. The exhibit follows Diebenkorn’s progression from his early career through his latest work. Throughout the exhibit, Matisse’s paintings are placed next to Diebenkorn’s, showing how Matisse influenced Diebenkorn’s work. I love art but the relationship between Matisse and Diebenkorn was most … Continue reading The Art of Creating Original Work and Ideas

Iterative Cycles: The Spiral Staircase of Awake Leadership

  Leaders have ongoing responsibilities, periodic responsibilities, and short-term projects. There’s constantly a need to manage the ongoing tasks as well as integrate and filter tasks and projects from the workflow of the team. Because of the dynamic (and exciting!) nature of work in a company or organization, the volume of work fluctuates and content changes … Continue reading Iterative Cycles: The Spiral Staircase of Awake Leadership