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The Mechanism of Vertical Development

Leaders are “subject to” many assumptions, beliefs, motivations, and behaviors in the same way that a fish is subject to water. When a leader expands their consciousness, their previous “self” arises as an object in the consciousness of their new sense of self.     In some increasingly rare, mercifully-simple business situations, a knowledgeable manager […]

Michelle Kinder’s Compassionate Commitment to Sanity

My entire life I have had a front-row seat to a leadership style that is grounded in purpose and relationships. My parents, Herb and Judy Billings, were missionaries in Guatemala, and both were natural leaders who were more preoccupied with contribution than personal achievement. Their clarity of purpose, combined with a humility and curiosity, gave […]

Communication Intent vs. Impact

The meaning of communication is the response it gets—regardless of your good intentions.   Organizational life is rife with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, mistakes, and conflict. Many of these issues result from confusing intent and impact. Understanding the dynamic process that occurs from intent (which happens before the communication) through impact (which happens after the communication) […]

You’re Doing it Wrong…How Not to Give Feedback

When you withhold feedback, you are sabotaging the other person’s ability to succeed.   How’s that for some straightforward feedback?   So, how would you evaluate your feedback skills if you did an honest self-assessment? Do you give frequent feedback to your colleagues? Are you comfortable giving positive feedback?  What about negative (constructive) feedback? Do […]

Is Your Ladder of Inference Leaning Against the Wrong Wall?

“What world is he living in? I don’t understand why he thinks that.”   When was the last time you said or heard that phrase? This week? Today even? This phrase—or some version of it—is heard often among your peers, your employees, and yes, your boss. How often have you come into a meeting with […]

Summary of “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise”

The book answers the question: How do we develop expertise?   The premise is: We develop excellence through deliberate practice. Context: This is Anders Ericsson and Robert Pools’ mainstream distillation of The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, which was made famous through Gladwell’s reference of the “10,000 Hour Rule” in Outliers. I am […]

John Tobin: In Search of a Challenger

The revelation blew him away. But there it was, over and over again on the pages of his journal, in his own handwriting. He was showing up as a victim in his business. When he thought of corporate evolution, he most often considered the changes that needed to be made around him. Seldom did he […]

Top 10 Leadership Books to Read in 2018

Every year we gather a list of books that we feel provoke new ideas, challenge existing paradigms, and expand our thinking. Below you will find the list of what we are reading in 2018. Take a look and see what jumps out at you! 1. Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto Perception […]

Are you holding yourself and your team back? (Webinar Recording)

You will always have gaps in what you know.  How you react to those gaps impacts problem solving, communication, and trust for you and your team. If you’re not aware of your own developmental needs, you may be more confident than you should be, and you may not realize the negative impact this has on […]

Corey Blake from Round Table Companies: 10 Tips to Vulnerable Strength

While many are talking about vulnerability from a philosophical standpoint, practicing vulnerability is more challenging for most of us. Vulnerability requires courage, repetition, and the ability to manage one’s own discomfort as well as that of others who are impacted by our vulnerability. That being said, the result of living a vulnerable lifestyle is deep […]