Fast Company Article by Grayson James – October 20, 2023

3 Essential Types of Conversations Managers Should HaveWith Their People There are three types of conversations that every leader must master. These conversations aren’t just an exchange of words—they engage people’s imagination, commitment, energy, and intention. In this article in Fast Company, I describe each of these types of conversations and share some common pitfalls […]

I remember my first time: It was about 30 years ago…

… and I was facilitating a strategic planning process with the leaders of a struggling insurance company. It’s when I explicitly went “meta” in a meeting (long before Facebook went Meta). We were evaluating a potential future scenario for the company when Chuck, the CFO, began blasting the exercise, his colleagues, and of course, the […]

How collaborative is your leadership team?

Put a group of smart, creative and committed leaders together and you don’t automatically get a high performing, collaborative leadership team. You’ll often get something that looks more like a polite cage fight, with each player jockeying for position, working hard to avoid losing and maximize winning (winning = more authority, recognition, control, territory, headcount, […]

Harness Your Team’s Connectivity

The next time you’re in a meeting, take a minute and look around you at the other folks—and consider the possibility that you are all intimately connected to one another. Whether you know each other well or not, whether you like each other or not—even whether you want to be connected to these people or […]

CollabTalk Podcast

Navigating the complexities of effective collaboration is a perennial challenge for everyone, not just executives. Yet, it’s a challenge that can be met, as I discussed in a conversation with Christian Buckley on his CollabTalk podcast. This episode is filled with insights that have the potential to dramatically transform your approach to leading and interacting […]

CEOWorld Magazine – Manage Your Attention

Using Our Attention to Improve Collaborative Performance CEOWorld Magazine May 18, 2025 The power of attention is profound, yet often overlooked. It’s a silent director of our perceptions, thinking, and actions, determining what we become aware of and what we remain blind to. Managing our attention is a key factor in our personal and professional […]

How to cultivate dissent in your organization

Better decisions, avoiding blind spots, stimulating new thinking, and strengthening personal commitment are just a few of the benefits of cultivating dissent in your conversations. But it isn’t always easy to do. Here are three things that can help: 𝟏. 𝐃𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 “𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤-𝐢𝐧𝐬.”When discussing important issues, go around the room or video screen to check […]

Ever considered tossing your meeting agenda and having a spontaneous conversation instead?

Ever considered tossing your hashtag#meetinghashtag#agenda and having a spontaneous conversation instead? Agendas can be great, but they can sometimes keep your team locked into habitual patterns of thinking and interacting. Trying to follow the agenda may seem efficient, but it can also prevent folks from addressing tough hashtag#problems or keep you from talking about what’s […]