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“I’m bored” are two words that strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. As a young mother, I quickly learned that failure to constructively address that phrase generally meant that we were in for spells of moodiness, irritability (mine as well as the kids’), petty tiffs, and more. But today, it’s not just parents […]

Disheartening. Demoralizing. Soul-sucking. These are just a few of the ways people describe the experience of working for a micromanager. We’ve likely all experienced a boss who’s occasionally demonstrated excessive control, unnecessary involvement, a tendency to undermine decision-making, or hawk-like monitoring. It’s annoying. But when it’s habitual and is complemented by the constant absence of […]

When I was a kid, my younger brother and I did chores in exchange for an allowance. While most have slipped my mind, there was one chore that stood out – as a bone of contention at the time and inspiration for a leadership behavior much later. It was weeding the family garden. This chore might […]

With employee stress, burnout, and mental health challenges at an all-time high, many leaders are working overtime (literally) and digging deep within themselves to find ways to support those who report to them. Given the extraordinary pressures these leaders face themselves, their care for and commitment to staff members is inspiring. And yet, in some […]

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a huge Ted Lasso fan. Humanity. Kindness. Hope. Humor. It’s what life is all about. Add to that the occasional wisdom that’s dispensed, and it’s always an hour well-spent. Take the recent episode when Ted and the coaching team introduced an audacious new strategy that was met with […]

You’ve likely heard the old story about a driver on a dangerous, winding, narrow road who barely escapes a head-on collision when another driver comes at him swerving from around a blind bend. That oncoming driver gestures wildly and yells, ‘pig!’, inspiring an angry response… until the original driver rounds the corner to discover a […]