Attachment as a Leader: Does what you hold on to serve you or starve you?

As leaders, we wake up each day with certain aspiration, responsibilities, and expectations at the forefront of our attention. Attachment and drive are key factors that tether us to our objectives and motivate us to show up each day to make progress.  However, when taken to far and practice in the wrong ways, attachment severely limits us as leaders. In my new guidebook, Awake Ethics, I present four primary attachments that leaders have: attachment to our ways of doing things, attachment to results and gratification, attachment to our identity, and attachment to team members. Here I’ll talk a bit more about how understanding your relationship toward each attachment is important in order to lead more ethically and find more clarity day-to-day. 

Your Questions Answered: Mission Statements & Vision Planning

Recently, I received questions from Awake Leadership readers about the relationship between the team mission and the team vision: Could you please elaborate on the key differences between the team mission and team vision? Why do we need to construct and consider both with our team? The first section of Awake Leadership is called Vision … Continue reading Your Questions Answered: Mission Statements & Vision Planning

Pairs of Unlikely Compliments: Compassion and Competition

Two weeks ago, I saw Vincente Fox speak about qualities of strong modern leaders. He mentioned many qualities but two that he mentioned seemed very conflicting, until I listened and thought about it more.

Awake Leadership for All

This week I am offering Awake Leadership quantity pricing at the LLamasoft SummerCon conference and later this summer my e-store with quantity pricing will go live. This pricing is perfect for organizations purchasing copies of Awake Leadership for multiple leaders. How It Works: The price of a single book is the same as through Amazon.com … Continue reading Awake Leadership for All

Work through a Guidebook with Ease and Enthusiasm

A guidebook is an awesome interactive tool for learning new skills and gaining inspiration for your work and your team. However, leaders in dynamic, fast-paced organizations have to carefully budget their time and finding time to start reading and implementing something new can seem challenging. Our time is so important. How do we decide whether … Continue reading Work through a Guidebook with Ease and Enthusiasm

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

Power of Slow, Power of Soft Skills

  I recently read an interview between Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant on why we shouldn’t value speed over power. I loved reading through this interview and I agree with much of Gladwell's reasoning. Because of my work experience and writing about the importance of balancing hard and soft skill sets, the final question of … Continue reading Power of Slow, Power of Soft Skills