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5 Things Yoga Can Teach Us About Leadership

I've noticed something lately during my time on the yoga mat. My yoga practice isn’t just enhancing my mental and physical health; it’s also highlighted some interesting parallels that map to essential leadership concepts. I suppose that makes sense, considering yoga has been a path to self-realization and enlightenment for thousands of years. A yoga [...]

2018-05-10T15:42:23+00:00By |Leadership|

How Leaders Can Influence Company Culture

Leaders have a powerful influence on an organization’s culture. They set the tone for how employees perceive their work experience, so leadership and culture go hand in hand. In many ways, leaders’ success depends on their ability to help shape and uphold organizational culture. That’s a formidable task—and one that requires selflessness, conviction and strong [...]

2017-12-11T11:37:12+00:00By |Leadership|

Tackling the Transition from Tech Expert to Manager

Today, technology has seeped into every crevice of our organizations, from manufacturing, operations, marketing, and beyond. That explains why technical professionals play such an essential role in their companies’ success. While some tech experts prefer to continue as strong individual contributors or follow the domain expertise path, others will be recognized for their outstanding value [...]

Common Career Traps of Top Performers

In every organization, we can spot those individuals with stellar performance who seem to be rocketing to the top, untouched by the usual obstacles and bureaucratic red tape. But, take it from me, things aren’t always as they seem from the outside. I’ve spent twenty years working with these high achievers and success-oriented individuals, and [...]

2018-06-28T17:21:18+00:00By |High Potentials|

Often Missing from Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity

I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I've seen that companies produce the best results and [...]

The Common Denominator for LinkedIn’s Top Companies

Yesterday LinkedIn released the latest version of its Annual Top Companies List, highlighting the organizations where professionals most want to work. As I read through the information, I was struck by a key commonality across each of the honorees. They are all boundary-stretching, envelope-pushing, fresh-thinking companies. Not just innovative, but innovative on steroids. We can [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23+00:00By |Leadership|

Feeling Stagnant as a Leader?

Many leaders experience setbacks—or even failures. Perhaps they feel like their influence is waning. Their ideas aren’t translating, or their teams aren’t producing at the right level. These leaders might be doing all the right things, but their effectiveness seems diluted. Ever had that feeling? If so, the problem could be leadership blind spots. These [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23+00:00By |Blind Spots, Leadership|

Shifting from Manager to Leader

Just because you have a management title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a great leader. But making that sometimes-subtle shift is essential for the success of your career and your organization. There’s a lot at stake. So what’s the real difference between management and leadership? Effective managers are task-focused and might be described as dependable and [...]