Ideas, Research and Rants

At the intersection of organizational development, neuroscience, conscious capitalism, anthropology and positive psychology, you'll find me geeking out on all the amazing ways to think about the wonder and magic In human interaction.  Here's some of the ideas sparked by those ponderings, research and conversations.

Who Gets to Lead? essential leadership skills leadership development Sep 01, 2022

A Manifesto for Leadership Development, Whether or Not You’re the Boss


After spending most of the past ten years fully immersed in the art and science of leadership development, I’ve noticed three things:

  • Most of the “Leadership Greatest Hits[1]” are aimed at the top...
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The Bordeaux Experiment maximize your wiring the great disruption Jun 14, 2022

Three things I'm learning from my Work From Anywhere experience in France.


Since last week, I’ve been incredibly lucky to work from Bordeaux, France.  Initially, when my husband announced that he wanted to use his recent job change as an excuse to fulfill his lifelong dream of taking...

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BOOK REPORT: The Attributes leadership development maximize your wiring stories and examples Apr 16, 2022

Performance insights from a Navy SEAL (For people who are most definitely not SEAL-types).


"Sometimes exercising skills at a peak level is difficult.  Sometimes the best possible performance is messy, gritty, and uncomfortable.  Optimal performers, people and teams have the confidence...

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Listen Past The Noise Jul 28, 2021

Four behaviors that improve every conversation


The human brain is marvelously wired to help people interact with other people.  The ability to communicate with language – to tell stories, ask for help, and share information - may even be our evolutionary advantage.[1]

To...

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Sit Down. Be Quiet. Listen. (and don't be a goat) expand your thinking leadership development the great disruption Apr 08, 2021

A while ago, my friend Leslie shared a great Rumi quote with me: "Sit down, be quiet, and listen, because you are drunk and we are on the edge of the roof."

Anyone else feel drunk on the edge lately?

In times of massive uncertainty - and I think we can safely say that few people and even...

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The Story is Everything, and other ways producing theatre helped me design great meetings leadership development play to your audience Mar 01, 2021

I’ve spent most of my career producing different forms of live entertainment.  Those experiences - preparing for a Super Bowl half-time show, producing Broadway and off-Broadway theatre, helping bring a new musical to life, and many roles big and small in between – are a huge...

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Story is Data essential leadership skills play to your audience Feb 02, 2021

Our culture is so obsessed with data!

More and more of our clients are asking us to provide data about our projects working on leadership development and cultural clarity projects:

 “How is this work actually changing things for the better?”

“How do we know if we are...

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The Atticus Finch Fallacy maximize your wiring Dec 11, 2020

Perception Deception and how epic listening can be more powerful than knowing

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view....until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." 

- Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

The problem with the oft...

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An Empathy/Creativity Mashup essential leadership skills maximize your wiring Oct 31, 2018

“True empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that...

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