Leadership

Leadership During a Crisis:

Supporting Your Team AND Taking Care of Yourself Leadership these days is challenging enough without throwing a global health emergency into the mix. But here we are! Now many of us are faced with managing virtual teams, implementing technology workarounds, and struggling with an enormous amount of uncertainty. By the nature of their positions, leaders [...]

2020-05-21T12:52:56-05:00By |Leadership|

What’s in a Name? Personal Musings from a Keynote Speaker

It happens all the time. I introduce myself in a social setting and share my name. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Unfortunately, no. Here’s how the exchange usually goes: "Hi, I’m Sara Canaday.” “Sara Kennedy?” “It’s Canaday with a C.” “Are you from Canada?” (usually accompanied by a chuckle and a wink) “Well, no. But it’s [...]

Has Leadership Lost Its Luster?

Last week while having dinner with a group of friends, our discussion turned to work. What came next was an interesting conversation about why anyone today would even want to be a leader. One friend shared that she was utterly exhausted by the endless cycle of new demands and the constant flood of in-box messages. [...]

Manage Your Worry, Not Your Workload

I recently listened to a Harvard Business Review podcast called “The Anxious Achievers.” (Wow, there’s a phrase I can relate to!) Besides loving the title of that program, I have been drawn to the idea that we need to change the way we think about managing our stress and anxiety. Steve Cuss, author of “Managing [...]

How Leaders Can Influence Team Creativity

While speed and efficiency are necessary leadership traits in our always-on, do-more world, there’s also a point of diminishing returns. If we let agendas and clocks dictate all of our meetings, we could be undermining our own efforts to encourage meaningful collaboration and innovative thinking. Consider the unfortunate impact. Many people are reluctant to speak [...]

2019-10-28T22:36:35-05:00By |Leadership|

The Three Pillars of Perspective

I’ve noticed something interesting lately in my conversations with corporate leaders. Naturally, there are a few common themes:  increasing demands and endless meetings that suck up valuable work time. (I’m guessing you can relate to that.) But when I ask these leaders how they personally contribute while in meetings, I almost always get an answer [...]

2019-09-11T08:54:17-05:00By |Leadership|