Monthly Archives: April 2013

Beauty, Perceptions, and Feedback

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Dove is really ‘cleaning up’ in the media these days. Following up on its controversial ‘real beauty’ campaign of recent years, the company has launched another powerful, media-savvy initiative. The Real Beauty Sketches project is based upon the work of Gil Zamora, a forensic artist tasked with blindly sketching comparative images of women based upon their own descriptions of their facial features and the descriptions of others. In case after case, the illustrations that resulted from the description of a stranger was considerably more attractive than the ones generated by a woman’s own description of herself. The punchline is that …

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Unpacking Learning

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In a recent SmartBrief blog post, Memo to the CEO: 5 Myths that are Killing Your Talent Development , my friends Jeannie Coyle and Wendy Axelrod provide insightful observations and analysis about talent development that is important to all leaders today. I found my head nodding in agreement paragraph after paragraph… and the gentle nod built to whiplash as I read their fifth key point: [Myth]: New knowledge is the same as learning. [Fact]: Now more than ever, learning isn’t real until you actually do something with the knowledge. Organizations invest significant resources in training staff members. They offer countless …

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Introverts Rule (Quietly)

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For most of my professional life, I’ve admired and envied the extroverted leaders around me.  Ahhhh, to demonstrate such confidence, energy, and power. For decades, I believed that at some point – after a lot or professional experience, after having my own business, after working with executives and Fortune 100 companies, after writing a book – I would graduate to that status and express myself in a similar fashion. But after working in this field for 25+ years and accomplishing nearly every goal I’ve set out for myself, I’m still the quiet, behind-the-scenes, reflective, facilitative leader I started out being.  …

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Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership, I Learned… When My Kids Entered Kindergarten

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Move over, military.  There’s a new leadership development setting in town! For most of the twentieth century, leaders grew up primarily through their military experiences, developing the models, approaches, and skills that would eventually extend to the workplace. But, as enlistment in the armed forces has systematically dropped, potential leaders have had to find other contexts within which to develop. A vast number (including myself) are now learning the leadership ropes through volunteer efforts. Although I’d been a manager for years before my children entered school, my talents were immediately put to the test and refined as I began taking …

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Lean Out

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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a client retreat. After my part of the agenda was complete, I was invited to stay on and enjoy the other speakers. I’ll be honest… I was tempted to hop on the first plane back to the office. But something encouraged me to stay… and thank goodness. The second day of this client’s event was led by a skillful facilitator from The Energy Project (Tony Schwartz’s firm dedicated to renewal). Their premise is that humans are built to: a) spend and b) renew energy…. and the problem is that we tend …

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