#34 – The Next Smallest Thing

At the conclusion of a speech last October, on my way out of the conference hall, the organizer of the  event said that he would be more than happy to provide a written reference for me to include on my web site. This week, I finally followed up with him and asked if the offerContinue reading “#34 – The Next Smallest Thing”

Not Done Yet

I’m not done yet. I’m not done becoming, growing, learning, discovering, adventuring. I’m not done becoming myself. I’m not done because there is no such thing. All together now: there is no such thing as being “done.” This is an unnerving, even frightening idea and it’s also an exhilarating one. It’s both unnerving and exhilarating becauseContinue reading “Not Done Yet”

Independent Study

I’m in the process of co-creating a summer independent study curriculum for one of my students. As we began our discussion of the design, I asked her what she most wanted to get out of the experience. She talked about gaining practical, usable skills in her field of study, about doing something interactive, hands-on andContinue reading “Independent Study”

Don’t wait for your company to hire you a coach

When I started my company in 2013 my first leadership coaching client was an individual who paid for it out of his own pocket. He knew it was the right time and he was willing to make an investment in his learning. I was inspired by that commitment and it still inspires me any timeContinue reading “Don’t wait for your company to hire you a coach”

Will this be on the test?

Every day, like the invisible oxygen that gives you life, the fear that holds you back from pursuing, attempting, realizing, challenging, seeking, risking, stepping, leaping, initiating, asserting, organizing, collaborating, questioning or any other word you can think of for getting after what you really want to do and who you really want to be –Continue reading “Will this be on the test?”

It’s Just a Decision

Whatever it is you “have” to do today, this week, please remember this: you don’t have to do it. You get to do it. “You get to do it” can feel impossible to accept when we’re not feeling up to it, when we’re distracted by what else might be available to us. But right now,Continue reading “It’s Just a Decision”

It’s a Decision

Do you work within an organization, division, department or team that you would describe as valuing ‘competence’ over ‘connection’ by a wide margin? This is an environment that you might describe as static, procedural, technical or hierarchical far more than it is dynamic, connective, open and human-centered. You might even say that it’s an environmentContinue reading “It’s a Decision”

The Tyranny of “They”

There are many, many bright and thoughtful people who will be happy to tell you which path to follow. It’s much easier to play armchair quarterback with someone else’s life so opinions come freely and often. The tyranny of “they” afflicts us in two ways: First, it supports our reservations about declaring our path throughContinue reading “The Tyranny of “They””

You Have to Decide

You were promoted to a leadership position because of your exceptional competence. Your team is full of competent people. They do not need your competence. They need your leadership. And so, you have to decide. DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes aboutContinue reading “You Have to Decide”