#13 – “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer

This is #13 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Actually, it’s not just an acceptable answer, it’s often a great one. It is wonderfully counterintuitive that the ability to say “I don’t know” comes from self-confidence. It is self-assurance in what we do know that allows us the ability to be more curious,Continue reading “#13 – “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer”

You Are the Sun

“Businesses must view people not as resources but as sources. A resource is like a lump of coal; you use it and it’s gone. A source is like the sun – virtually inexhaustible and continually generating energy, light and warmth. There is no more powerful source of creative energy in the world than a turned-on,Continue reading “You Are the Sun”

Learning is Not Optional

Have you achieved what you’re capable of? Are you well equipped for the speed of change and the demands of complexity? Are you operating in a competitor-free environment? Are local, regional, national and international issues irrelevant to your organization? Is your team crystal clear about your vision and self-driven to attain it? Committed to yourContinue reading “Learning is Not Optional”

I Can’t Do It Without You

I will always think too small about my own potential. Left to my own impulses, I will always make the canvas of my possibility too small, and paint myself, with big, bright strokes, right into the corner. Since I am both the painter and the canvas, I will think it a sufficient representation, even aContinue reading “I Can’t Do It Without You”

Called to Rise

We never know how high we are {Emily Dickinson} We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan,   Our statures touch the skies— The Heroism we recite Would be a daily thing, Did not ourselves the Cubits warp For fear to beContinue reading “Called to Rise”

Optimal Conditions for Growth

As leaders learn to see themselves as planters and cultivators, they will grow increasingly well attuned to the optimal conditions for growth: Container: the supportive container for your team members is the thoughtfully defined scope of their work. It is appropriately sized to their role, experience and your expectations. It is adjusted based on progress,Continue reading “Optimal Conditions for Growth”

The Constant Gardener

A few years ago, during a renovation of our backyard, we established a garden area that contains four raised-bed planter boxes. Those beds, with our care and feeding, have yielded beautiful lettuces, bucketfuls of cherry tomatoes and a variety of peppers, carrots and peas. It’s a garden that, once started, tends to take on aContinue reading “The Constant Gardener”