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Cultural Sensitivity

Friday, January 8th, 2010


As I was writing my Elegant Leadership blog about the poor choice of language from Michael Steele, of the Republican Party, I was reminded of a powerful scenario from a Leadership in Action program I led years ago.


There was a group of 24 business people from various organizations who gathered together for a week to understand leadership capabilities from an experiential perspective.


Elegant Leadership

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


I am so delighted to introduce you to my new blog “Elegant Leadership” that will be posted at after the New Year. Since I love to write I will have a more personal blog at to include thoughts and ideas about relationships, health, and education, as well as business.

Elegant Leadership will include all my newest research concerning leadership. I will suggest the best books, articles, and unique individuals I can find to help you on the difficult daily journey of being the best leader you can be.

Why did I choose the title “elegant leadership”? I honestly think it chose me. I woke up with the term, like a drum beat, repeating over and over in my head. Maybe I had a dream about it, not sure. All I know is,  I love the word “elegant” as it is used in scientific realms. In nature elegant signifies finding the simplest and most precise way of responding.


Tiger Woods: Helping Us Connect Our Original Organization With Our Work Organization

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


Tiger Woods’ stories are touching almost every aspect of life in organizations today. Does he owe anything to the golfing community where he is seen as a CEO of sorts? Does he owe anything to his previously adoring public? Of course he owes much to his family, not just wife and children. What about his mother, and mother-in-law who fainted, assumingly from the stress, last week?


One area that could possibly shed some light on the issues of today would be to look at the life Tiger had as a youngster and how that has played out in his adult work-life. This is simply another perspective to consider. Having worked as a family therapist for years, I know first hand that what goes on in someone’s, anyone’s home, is multilayered and complex and cannot be analyzed into two simple categories of good Tiger, and bad Tiger.


Connecting the Dots of Leadership

Monday, December 14th, 2009


This end of the first decade of Century 21 is a time of searching more deeply for leadership skills that go beyond simple cookbook “become a great leader in one minute” solutions.


General Electric Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt, offered some great suggestions in his speech at the West Point Distinguished Leader Series. What struck me was his comment that we “must become systems thinkers who are comfortable with ambiguity”. You can read the entire speech at the GE web site.


A Whole New World Using A Whole New Mind

Friday, July 10th, 2009

A Whole New Mind

When I was gathering endorsements for my book “Don’t Bring It to Work” I went right to a person who I thought would “get” the underlying concepts I hoped would be made available to a large population.

One of the first people I connected with was Dan Pink whose book, “A Whole New Mind”, is for me, a trailblazer. He graciously said he can’t do an endorsement unless he reads cover to cover. I know how busy people are and I felt a tinge of sadness. Until the next sentence when he suggested I send the galley. It went out that day. And I received a thoughtful and deeply appreciated endorsement.


Never Been Happier

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

You know how it goes. You think about someone, wonder what’s going on in his or her life, plan to email or call and then think about it again right before you fall asleep. By next morning it is a faded memory.


So, I must admit, I didn’t catch up with Lily until many months had passed. I felt a tinge of guilt as I speed dialed her number and wondered what kind of response I would get. You see Lily had graduated from our Total Leadership Connections program and had made a commitment to herself that she would only work in an environment with the highest ethical standards.  Sadly, there had been some questions about the marketing of products in her company.