It’s Not Who’s On Your Team, It’s How You Work Together

If your boss came up to you today and asked you to form a team for a high-profile strategic project, what would be your first task? If you’re like most people, your thoughts would immediately turn toward whom to select to join your team. After all, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the most important[…]

How My First Boss Saved Me From Failing

I was 23 years old, in my first professional job and I was failing big-time. My boss had recently handed me a list of five-hundred names and phone numbers and instructed me to cold call them. I picked up the phone and started dialing. I felt a palpable sense of fear and anxiety as I[…]

Innovation, Risk & Failure at Pixar

In a recent interview, Ed Catmull, the cofounder of Pixar, shares his views on risk, failure and culture. The entire interview is worthwhile, but I found Ed’s perspective on these three issues to be especially insightful and applicable to all industries. Taking Risks The nature of innovation requires risk taking. This creates a fundamental tension[…]

5 Essential Tips for Coaching Talent Through Storytelling

Research  shows that adults are particularly well-suited to learn through stories. The right story told at the right time can be much more powerful than just telling people how to do their job differently. Think of the best speeches or presentations you’ve heard. What do you remember most? Maybe you can recall a statistic or[…]

3 Phrases that Kill Trust in the Workplace

A key ingredient for establishing trust in the workplace is being accountable for your actions .  Accountability involves claiming your own power and marshaling your internal resources to achieve better results. Accountability asks, “What do you need?” Or, “What can I do to make a difference?” Accountable behavior enables you to take charge of your[…]