Hello, 2021

The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed. - Adam Grant This is the time of year when I normally try to slow down,...

Ignore Good Advice

Last week I shared Lupine Collaborative's 6 principles of practice: Going Upstream Growth Mindset Creative, Resourceful and Whole Good...

Plausible Deniability of Absence

Several things about meetings: (1) Many meetings are bad; (2) When bad meetings go online, they're even worse; and (3) We're all exhausted.

Adaptive Leadership is Hard

I work, as do many of you, in the realm of adaptive challenges. These are those challenges that are difficult to identify and easy to...

Conflict, Communication, and Hope

In the last year, I've had the good fortune to reconnect with a college friend, Josie Raney, who has a shared interest in coaching and...

Rough Roads Ahead Still, Sometimes

25 years ago, almost to the day, I drove east from Carleton College. I remember stopping on a back road in farm country somewhere in...

Making Conflict Less Scary

I am not a huge fan of conflict. I have become less conflict averse in my middle years, but it still activates my lizard brain when...

Really truly adopting new habits

I've been thinking a lot about how hard it is to embrace new habits, to the extent that they are just a part of my day to day life. As...

Anxious Brain, Curious Brain

Yesterday, I visited 30 undergraduate students at Northern Colorado University and we talked about conflict frames in dialogue and...

On Giving

I've been thinking a lot about giving lately. I recently finished Adam Grant's book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our...