What Does Your Dream Team Look Like?

I recently watched a UK talk show where Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were guests. Howard, director of many of Hanks’s most successful films, was asked what he liked about working with Hanks. His response was that he appreciated two qualities in Hanks—confidence and creativity. This got me thinking. What makes us want to work…

Henry Cloud on The Power of the Other

Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Henry Cloud, author of the new book, The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond—and what to do about it. Cloud shares the importance of recognizing the impact that others have on your success. He explains how every significant act…

Cat Leaders vs. Dog Leaders

I woke up this morning to a face full of licking and paws on my chest. Now, Chico isn’t a small dog—he’s a bull terrier who was described as “one big muscle” by a guy on his way to work today. So his stepping on my stomach didn’t just pull me out of my dreams,…

Dance of the Blind Reflex – Ends and Middles

In my last post I shared the dysfunctional relationship pattern between leaders and direct reports as part of what author Barry Oshry describes as “Dance of the Blind Reflex” in his book Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life. Continuing this theme, another primary dance we may find our clients in is between someone…

Four Ways to Reduce Dysfunction During Change

I’m working with an organization that, like many, is going through change. During coaching sessions I’ve become aware of some dysfunctional patterns of behavior that can prevent both leaders and individual contributors from moving through change as smoothly as they otherwise could. It’s a phenomenon that is quite common in many organizations—one that business author…

New Managers: Are You Having Trouble Letting Go of Old Habits?

Most leaders began their careers as high functioning individual contributors.  They had their sphere of responsibilities and took pride in their ability to accomplish tasks.  They were self-starters effective at how to get work done. These qualities likely contributed to their eventual promotion into a management role. But when they became a manager, their role…