Professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy, offers scientific proof that the position in which we sit or stand changes our brain chemistry making us better leaders! In fact, those asked to display a power pose for two minutes were more likely to take risks, think abstractly, and have confidence. After demonstrating a power pose, publicly or privately, an individual’s hormones actually shift. Testosterone (dominance) level increases and cortisol (stress) level decreases. [Read more…]
I hope the phrase “Abandon Ship, Mr. Sulu!” doesn’t spoil the movie, Star Trek Beyond. Any Star Trek fan knows that the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew typically include a brush with destruction and a threat to the human race (or any other race, for that matter). But, have you, like Captain Kirk, ever barked, “abandon ship”? Or wanted to? [Read more…]
Recently, I had the unfortunate opportunity to observe questionable behavior in the workplace. I’m talking about behavior resulting from poor ethical decisions. But, if ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are so different, why is it so hard to decide to do the right thing– especially for leaders?
Transparency is tricky in the work place, right? What is appropriate to share and what isn’t? Does your title dictate how much you share? How do you foster credibility if you are completely transparent? How do you foster trust when you aren’t being completely transparent? [Read more…]
The Great Migration of the Serengeti has much to teach us about our efforts in the business world. Almost 2 million animals make the 1800 mile journey each year as they fight to survive predators, drought, and fire. Hmmm… Sound like a regular day at the office? Here are a few lessons from the grassy plains, savannas, rivers, and gorges of the African Serengeti. [Read more…]
The phrase ‘root cause analysis’ conjures a range of employee responses from “Oh great, management is gonna fire somebody!” to “Finally, we needed to get to the bottom of this issue months ago.” After your organization experiences a failed project or client-facing effort, [Read more…]
Are you looking ahead, forecasting, predicting…um, guessing? Yikes, this is a tough place for detail-oriented or clarity-driven leaders to feel comfortable. That might be why it is so hard to keep our leadership activities at ‘high-level’ or as Heifetz and Linsky suggested in Leadership on the Line, ‘stay on the balcony’. [Read more…]