Despite the pandemic, office politics are still omnipresent; and in some cases even more prevalent than pre-Covid. Many of my clients are struggling with their voices truly being heard. Often they are talked over, interrupted, and sentences truncated. The situation can become even more difficult when a person is trying to engage in a virtual […]
Recently I stumbled across an article in the New York Times which I loved as much for its brevity as I did for its wisdom. Adam Bryant, of The New York Times, recently wrote a book which analyzes the broader lessons that emerge from his interviews with more than 70 leaders. So, from his perspective and research, what does it take to lead an organization — whether it’s a sports team, a nonprofit, a start-up or a multinational corporation? What are the X factors of strong leaders?
We can learn something from everyone – of this I am certain. Many of you know how diligently I follow the New York Times column, “The Corner Office”. Recently, Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, was his executive interview. Her philosophy is interesting and current. What are folks looking for from today’s workforce and budding executive ranks?
Lack of trust appears to be a common challenge among teams. Why is this? Competition within the organization, overzealous individual ambitions, and prior historical experiences all factor into this being the case. Yet, when we look this harsh reality in the eye, can we move forward. We must work to understand and appreciate our differences, and our experiences up until now. We must reveal our individual and collective vulnerabilities. Only through a conscious process of building trust, can our teams optimize their effectiveness.
Our world is facing indisputable and daunting challenges. When we bring these issues home – to our own organizations, teams, and personal scenarios – they become even more real. Our security, on every level – our freedoms, our financial well being, the future for our children, and our own professional directions – stands at risk. Today I talk about how passionate curiosity, battling hardened confidence, team smarts, a simple mindset, and fearlessness play a role in leading change and achieving success.
As most of you know, I am an avid reader of Adam Bryant’s The Corner Office in the Sunday New York Times. This Sunday’s article was succinct, powerful, and rich in information. If you are interested in building your skills and attributes as a leader – this article is worth the time to read through completely. In […]
Many of you know, I love the New York Times column, The Corner Office, with Adam Bryant. A few weeks ago, Bob Brennan, of Iron Mountain, an information technology company, was interviewed. The title caught my eye, and the content stirred an opinion I had been forming over the past few years. The key point I […]
Loved this week’s New York Times Corner Office interview with Shivan Subramaniam, the CEO of FM Global, a commercial and industrial property insurer. Again, the simplicity of the wisdom is brilliant. Over the years, he and his company have crafted very simple goals for their company. They call them “key result areas” or K.R.A.’s. As he […]
Many of you know of my loyalty to Adam Bryant’s series, The Corner Office in the Sunday New York Times. I found this article particularly compelling due to Jenny Ming’s, president and CEO of clothing chain Charlotte Russe, authentic and humble answers to Adam Bryant’s questions. Two key takeaways for me: No matter how large or small a […]
As many of you know, the New York Times column, ‘Corner Office’ is a favorite of mine. This past week, Paul Maritz, president and C.E.O. of the software firm VMware, was interviewed by Adam Bryant. Does your team have the Four Essential Types? is meaty, yet almost misleading; as one of the most powerful statements Paul makes is relative […]