Leadership

Finding Purpose In The Salt Mines

Purpose is all well and good. But what happens when you work in a mind-numbing and soul-destroying bureaucracy? We need to broaden how we think about purpose, and where we seek to find it. Looking for ways to do our job well—and make it interesting—doesn’t hurt, either.



Purpose Isn’t Forever… It’s For Now

Purpose is a fundamental driver. It shapes how we lead, where we are going and how we approach our roles and actions today. But purpose isn’t forever. It’s about where we are going now, until the next change comes along…



The Will to Lead

Leading change is a challenging undertaking. In particular, we must as individuals find the confidence to lead in the face of indifference, uncertainty and sometimes outright opposition. One of the key influences on our motivation, and on our will to lead, is a curious quality called agency.



The Horrible, Awful, Terrible Truth About Creativity

I delivered a webinar a couple of weeks ago that was not awesome. I had hoped it would be amazing. The opportunity was there. And yet it fell short. The reason why provides a lot of insight into how creativity really works.



Uncertainty Makes Us Deeply Uncomfortable

As a rule, we have a deeply complicated and ambivalent relationship with uncertainty. Which is awkward, because by its nature uncertainty is complicated and ambivalent. So that makes for a whole new level of complication.



Recognizing A Legacy Of Success

It is unfortunate, but it is not often that we get to acknowledge and celebrate the work and contribution that someone else has made to our lives. Even less frequent is the opportunity to do so while they are in the room. Often we wait until it is far too late, as epigraph or obituary.



The Why Of Culture

Organizational culture is important. While we know that, most people (and to be clear, most organizations, executives and managers) struggle with just what culture is.



Culture, Competition & Consequences: Insights From Amazon

It’s been a tough week for Amazon. By the sound of it, though, it has been an even tougher couple of decades for some of Amazon’s employees.



Resilience, Agency & Bouncing Back

I saw a great presentation this morning by Andrew Soren, an internal leadership consultant at BMO Financial. His topic was resilience, which—as he admits—is a bit of a loaded term. Unpacking his particular emphasis in usage (which itself draws on a pretty large literature out of the positive psychology movement), resilience explores how we overcome…
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Creativity, Innovation & the Box

We are surrounded by increasingly strident exhortations to “think outside the box.” It’s an interesting expression, and one that has almost become a cliché.