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Show me your ego…

…and I’ll show you my recent interview with Gil Tinney on the “Being Human Hidden Depths” podcast. We often talk about the problem of ego, as if the ego—whatever that may mean to each of us—is the enemy of good collaboration or sound decisions: We say and hear things like, “The problem is that there’s […]

What if the secret to successful collaboration isn’t about winning?

In the new podcast episode of Collaboration Global’s “Being Human Hidden Depths”, Gill Tiney and I have a conversation in which I share my experiences in mediation and Aikido, and how these have informed the work I do with leaders and their teams. Both “on the martial arts mat” and in the boardroom, we perform […]

HR Article – 4 signs it’s time to ban your meetings

Ever since Shopify began its ‘meeting ban’ experiment, the corporate world has been abuzz with the question: Should we ban our meetings or transform them? In my latest article with HR.com, I unpack this trending topic, discussing four essential reasons why to hold meetings and when they become futile exercises. Sometimes, the answer isn’t to […]

Leaders: If you want to improve your team’s performance–become a better customer

If you lead a team or organization, you’re a Customer. And if you want to dramatically improve your team’s performance, you need to become a better Customer. Knowing more, having a more compelling vision, or being more charismatic are all great leadership attributes, but they’re not enough to transform and sustain your team’s performance. Sustained […]

Want Your Team to Execute Better? Get Personal

An article in Unspoken Rules of Leadership, October 20, 2023 by Grayson James In this article, Grayson goes into detail about how good organizational execution is never simply a rational or analytical endeavor, but is always driven by personal commitment–one human being making a promise to another. Recognizing this, and understanding how to make and […]

We collaborate with our bodies

Think about the last time you were having a tough leadership conversation and realized that you were holding your breath. Or clenching your jaw. Or felt your heart pounding in your chest. Maybe you noticed all three of these natural bodily reactions happening at once. That, of course, was your nervous system priming you for […]

Execution is about Promises

I was working recently with a leadership team in a tech company that is the dominant player in its market and is facing some major challenges in 2024. The team recognizes it needs to really up its game—particularly its execution. I told the team that execution is all about promises. Personal promises with clear outcomes […]

Stop trying to change your colleagues. (It doesn’t work.)

A central tenet in my work with leaders and their teams is that we, ourselves, are where the real action is whenever we’re working with other people. This applies regardless of our role or seniority in the organization. When folks hear this, I get many different responses, including: “Wait, isn’t that kind of self-centered—don’t we […]

Collaboration isn’t just about getting along—it’s about performance.

Collaboration is about much more than simply getting along with your colleagues. It’s about creating value and performing well together. In the podcast “Connect, Collaborate, Champion!” published by New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), we explore what collaboration is really about–and how to actually do it better. In increasingly diverse workplaces, how do we collaborate […]