So, you have to lay-off some of your team

First of all, I feel for you, as I feel for those you have to let go. This is not what you signed on for. You wanted to build your business, not tear it down. You wanted to be the boss people loved and not the one that sent them home jobless. You want this… Read the full article >>

Some humble predictions for life after COVID-19

I’ve never done this – make predictions. I’m not a futurist or a sociologist or an economist, so take it for what you will. And some of these are less predictions than they are curiosities – things that I think might be possible. I believe this will put a new emphasis on financial conservatism in… Read the full article >>

The Undiscovered Country

I am wondering how we might all be different when this passes. Of course, there will be logistical responses, including new medical practices and safeguards that will protect us better in the future. Perhaps at the airport of the future, we will be scanned for sickness while our luggage is scanned for firearms. Maybe we’ll… Read the full article >>

Love in the time of Coronavirus

The first requirement of leadership is honesty. I’ll check that box right away — yes, this sucks. Another requirement of leadership is to keep fear at bay, or at least in perspective. This isn’t the Bubonic Plague, at least I don’t think so. I wish I had something better to offer, but there it is… Read the full article >>

Things our bosses do that make us stupid (part 6 of 6 ) – hiding bad news

Oh, the many things that make the workplace a stupid place. We’ve already discussed 5 of them in this blog series – here’s the last of them, for now. Our last stupid-making boss activity is hiding bad news. Some leaders and business managers think you can’t handle the truth, and I believe there are several reasons why… Read the full article >>

Seeking Partner for Leadership Development firm

Almost 20 years ago I transitioned away from a successful and satisfying career as a business executive because I wanted more. I started a leadership development firm in the Pacific Northwest which now serves an international clientele and which has achieved consistent annual growth. The mission of our firm has been to reduce human suffering…. Read the full article >>

Things our bosses do that make us stupid (part 5 of 6) – failure to prioritize

In this series so far, we’ve identified four ways that our bosses can make us stupid: Telling us to “not worry about it” – the condescending “there, there” that increases our fear and frustration. Making fuzzy, generalized statements instead of fact-based or actionable statements. Making assumptions about our motivations – and projecting their own on… Read the full article >>

Things our bosses do that make us stupid (part 4 of 6) – ignoring strategy

One of the most critical roles of leadership is to unleash the intelligence of the organization – to increase the collective IQ – to allow people to use that magnificent brain that we all have. And yet, so many bosses do things that have the opposite effect. This is the fourth in a series of 6 on… Read the full article >>

Things our bosses do that make us stupid (part 3 of 6) – assumptions about personal motivations

This is the third in a series of 6 blogs about things our bosses do that make us stupid. Let’s talk about how bosses often make huge assumptions about us – about our capabilities, about our interests, and perhaps most importantly, about our motivations. Making these assumptions can make us stupid because when our boss assumes… Read the full article >>

Things our bosses do that make us stupid (part 2 of 6) – fuzzy, generalized statements

This is the second in a series of 6 blogs, in which we are exploring common practices in workplaces that make people stupid. (You’re free to substitute “less intelligent” for “stupid” if you feel the need.) Our bosses make us stupid when they make fuzzy, generalized statements, truisms, or low-IQ commentary about the way the… Read the full article >>