Scary things that keep me up at night

Scary things that keep me up at night

I don’t know about you, all that is going on in the world sometimes gets to me. Whether it’s uncertainty about health care and elections, gun violence, or just closing business, there is plenty to be anxious about swirling around us. This weekend it got me...
Tackling Turbulence – Part 2

Tackling Turbulence – Part 2

Last month we looked at how you can manage the stress of turbulence created by change and ambiguity in your life. This month we focus on two things you can do to help your team. 1) Communicate clearly. Help your team know what is happening, what is expected of them...
5 Tips for Thriving in Transitions

5 Tips for Thriving in Transitions

Transitions are the name of the game in 2017. Not just in government but in business and in life. As a colleague at IBM said, “The world has never moved this fast before and will never move this slow again.” Organizational changes are no longer things that happen one...
Just Don’t Do It

Just Don’t Do It

You have a to-do list. But it doesn’t have to have you. I have a secret about that list. Actually a few secrets. It’s just a list. Not a bible. Not a law. It’s not in charge. Yeah, I know. You have to do it all. Another secret – no, you...
What Do You Do After You’ve Been to the Moon?

What Do You Do After You’ve Been to the Moon?

What does an astronaut do after they have already had their career peak experience? What does a former President, Olympic athlete, presidential appointee, or executive director do after what they have had what they (and perhaps others) believe to be their seminal...
Yellow Lines and Dead Armadillos

Yellow Lines and Dead Armadillos

One of the most important responsibilities leaders face is making decisions. In an increasingly complex and fast-paced world, decisiveness is a critical skill. After all, as my friend Elizabeth says, the middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos. How...