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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 […]

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 […]

Introduction to the Five Principles of Full Contact Performance

Full Contact Performance is about transforming our capacity for collaborating effectively—even with those “non-collaborative” folks you may struggle to work with. It rests on five pillars: 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, and 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. These principles invite us to dig deeper into ourselves, going beyond conventional approaches to teamwork. They help us expand our 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 of our own […]

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 […]

Want to perform better? Expand your Awareness

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness whenever we lead our Full Contact workshops with leaders and their teams. As participants closely examine their own challenging conversations for the first time, they are 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥. They’re surprised to realize that they’re often 𝘯𝘰𝘵 doing what they thought they were doing in those conversations and […]

Shift your attention to transform your collaborative performance

Collaborating well is essential for success in any organization. So when we encounter challenges to our collaborative performance, it’s tempting to blame those “uncollaborative” colleagues of ours. You know the ones: If only that domineering guy from Marketing would shut up and listen for a change, then we could actually make some progress. Or, if […]