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CEOWorld Magazine – Manage Your Attention

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 growth and performance. In my recent article for CEOWorld Magazine, I highlight […]

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 […]

How dissent helps your organization

If you talk to many leaders, they’ll tell you that dissenting views are welcomed and even encouraged in their organizations. Intellectually, they understand the value of dissent for improving thinking, learning and decision-making. But in practice, truly welcoming dissenting perspectives is pretty rare. Dissent is more often seen as uncollaborative, an obstacle to progress, and […]

When straight talk weakens your team’s performance

Most executives agree that honesty and straight talk are a good thing. Who wouldn’t want to hear what your colleagues really think and feel? I wouldn’t, for starters. To clarify, I think honesty is critical for performance. But I’ve also seen how it can inhibit good thinking and shut down engagement. I first learned this […]

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 […]

Your success depends on your collaborative performance

Think of what you do at work every day. Next, think about all the interactions you have at work over the course of each day or week—with your colleagues, bosses, direct reports, and customers. Now imagine that all these people you interact with, whether you’re a senior executive or a sole contributor, suddenly just disappeared. […]

The Tell-Fest

We’ve all been there. A leadership team meeting, board meeting, project team meeting, it could be any meeting in any organization, almost anywhere on the planet.  Sometimes you know its coming and you just wait it out. Other times it sneaks up on you.  Or perhaps you’re the one who starts the party and you […]

Five (predictable) reasons change initiatives fail

Organizations must be able to change to stay alive. But most change efforts, no matter how sincerely attempted, fail. Here are five reasons why change fails: “Solutions” only work if they solve the right problem. And identifying the right problem to solve isn’t always as easy as it seems. Even though the desired outcomes for […]

Managers – Is Something Missing From Your Job Description?

There may be something missing, but you may not know it. You probably don’t think about it most of the time, but without it you wouldn’t get anything done. You wouldn’t even have your job. Here are some hints… The answer: You have conversations. You’re attempting to stifle that yawn, but consider: As a manager, […]