Shame. Vulnerability. Openness.

I had the awesome pleasure of attending a conference where Brené Brown spoke (she’s a wonderful speaker, I first watched her on a TED talk). Speaking of shame, there’s almost a shame about talking about shame — as if anyone who acknowledges it will then be shamed as weak. Ironic? She is open and honest about shame,Continue reading “Shame. Vulnerability. Openness.”

New Perspectives

A professor told the following story: He’d been wearing this particular tie for many months — perhaps years — and one day he pulled out a different shirt, by necessity, put on his tie and headed out the door. When he got to the office he had not one, not two, but a number of people compliment the tie.Continue reading “New Perspectives”

Abdicating Rank

Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, said something that’s still spinning my head. Ambition, not for ourselves, but something bigger. Something greater. Something meaningful. The disease of mediocrity and stagnant companies is ripe with self-ambition and the individual’s desire to grow their own career, rather than see the product/project/company mission to the end.Continue reading “Abdicating Rank”

Humility

I was recently at a conference where the speaker opened with talking about the next generation leaders. But that’s not breaking news. Nor was it his big point. It was humility. His belief: “armed with enough humility, we can learn from anybody.” Businessmen can learn from non-profit CEOs; pastors can learn from government leaders…etc. (AContinue reading “Humility”