3 tips Thursday – The Case for Optimism

3 tips Thursday – The Case for Optimism

So this week it’s not really three tips but a single tip that’s more like a philosophy. I was talking to a friend yesterday who had been at a program about history and civilization and was feeling a bit hopeless about the future of the world. He’s not alone. Many of...
3 tips Thursday – Are You the Heat or the Light?

3 tips Thursday – Are You the Heat or the Light?

I firmly believe change takes both the heat of advocacy and the light of negotiation. Pressure and diplomacy. Some of us are more suited to one role or the other, others are more comfortable in both. Which is a better fit for you? What does the situation call for?...
3 Tips Thursday – Still Waiting for an Invitation?

3 Tips Thursday – Still Waiting for an Invitation?

It occurred to me this week that I used to wait for more than I do now. I’d wait to clear an idea or wait to see if someone in some position did something about it or to be invited to join the table. Now I ask, is that seat taken? I just do what I prefer to do. I just...
3 Tips Thursday: Box? What Box

3 Tips Thursday: Box? What Box

A couple of months ago, I was asked to talk about leading “outside the box.” I wasn’t totally sure what that meant, but I think all too often leaders “inside the box” are leading based on how they understand the “role” of leader.  And all too often it comes off fake...
3 Tips Thursday: Overwhelmed?

3 Tips Thursday: Overwhelmed?

What do you do when it all feels too much? Last week was one of those weeks. Here are some things that worked for me. What about you? Tip 1. Write it all down. All the things. Get them out of your head and on to a piece of paper or into a spreadsheet. That way you...
3 Tips Thursday – Just Say Yes

3 Tips Thursday – Just Say Yes

This week I was talking to a high school teacher who has taught Latin, English, history of art, American government and seventh-grade science. I asked how she managed such a wide array and said, “I just said yes.” She loves to teach. She loves her students. And she...