Timing, Life & Project Management

Bestselling author Dan Pink has written a compelling book, When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink's premise is that deciding when to do things is as important as how to do them. There are many 'how to' books on bookstore shelves but no 'when to' books. Pink has addressed this. With regards to managing [...]

Timing, Life & Project Management 2018-07-04T11:53:05+00:00

Extreme Ownership – Lessons From the Navy SEALs About Accountability

Navy SEALS Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have written a gripping book, Extreme Ownership - How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win". The book's overall premise is that a true leader takes full responsibility for team results - even if the results point to failure. The authors are successful at translating leadership lessons from the battlefield [...]

Extreme Ownership – Lessons From the Navy SEALs About Accountability 2018-06-07T09:22:33+00:00

Trust, Purpose & Company Value

Paul Zak, founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics, has written a must-read book, The Trust Factor - The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. Zak uses his lab's brain research to delve into the foundation of the success of any organization - high trust and having a transcendent purpose. The author ties his research into company [...]

Trust, Purpose & Company Value 2018-05-03T09:11:07+00:00

Inspiring Mission Statements

Mary Legakis Engel, in the 2018 Winter edition of Leader to Leader magazine, has written a compelling article titled, "Crafting the Ideal Mission Statement for Your Organization". Engel refers to "outwardly focused" mission statements that "create a sense of contribution - that something good is being done for the world". These contrast with internally focused mission [...]

Inspiring Mission Statements 2018-04-03T07:48:38+00:00

The Mind-Body Connection and Stress

Dr. John Sarnos has written a game changing book, Healing Back Pain - The Mind-Body Connection, that has important lessons related to leadership, coping with change and stress management. The book details Dr. Sarnos' incredible success in helping thousands of his patients overcome debilitating back pain issues based on a mind-based approach (instead of treating physical [...]

The Mind-Body Connection and Stress 2018-03-02T10:50:08+00:00

Empowerment, Belonging & Openness to New Ideas

Dr. Sunnie Giles has recently published the results of her research study in the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Giles' research included 195 leaders in 15 countries involving 30 organizations. The study asked participants to rank 174 leadership competencies from 1-174. The Top Ten highest ranked leadership competencies are: Has high ethical and moral standards (67% [...]

Empowerment, Belonging & Openness to New Ideas 2018-02-02T11:26:51+00:00

Organizational Resiliency: Leadership Lessons from the San Diego Zoo

Sandy Asch and Tim Mulligan have written a compelling book, ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way. A summary of the book was included in the Winter 2017 edition of Leader to Leader magazine. The authors define resilience as "the ability of employees to respond effectively to the demands and pressures of [...]

Organizational Resiliency: Leadership Lessons from the San Diego Zoo 2017-12-02T11:42:19+00:00

Promoting Employees’ Autonomy

Edward Deci's classic book, Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation, presents a convincing case that the best way to motivate people is to support their sense of autonomy. From a manager's perspective, motivating an employee means explaining why a task is important and then giving him/her personal freedom - resulting in enhanced employee commitment.What [...]

Promoting Employees’ Autonomy 2017-11-04T08:55:00+00:00

Unconscious Bias & The Brain

Consultant Garo Reisyan has written a must-read article in the Spring 2017 issue of Leader to Leader. He makes a strong argument that suggests that an imperative to becoming an effective leader is to understand the basic functioning of the human brain. This is lacking in the vast majority of leadership development programs and is likely [...]

Unconscious Bias & The Brain 2017-09-30T09:37:38+00:00

How Your Brain Rewires Itself

Dr. Loretta Breuning, in her excellent book Habits of a Happy Brain, offers us insight into how the human brain rewires itself. Changing old habits requires that you create new experiences in your life that you practice regularly. Dr. Breuning recommends a 45-day regime of practicing a new routine in order to embed it into your brain. [...]

How Your Brain Rewires Itself 2017-09-03T05:42:26+00:00