Month: April 2020

Straight roads do not make skillful drivers – the importance of continuous learning

Straight roads do not make skillful drivers – the importance of continuous learning continuous learning

When my youngest niece graduated from high school, the class valedictorian at the  convocation ceremonies celebrated the group’s accomplishments and encouraged his classmates to further learn and challenge themselves. During his address, this quote by Paulo Coelho, celebrated Brazilian lyricist and author, caught my attention. Straight roads do not make skillful drivers – Paulo Coelho […]

Virtual leadership requires that you shift from process to results

Virtual leadership requires that you shift from process to results virtual leadership

Just a little over a month ago, most of us had no idea that working from home would become the new “normal”.  Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has created a world of work that, for many of us, has shifted to “remote”.  Which means that if you have staff, virtual leadership is now a necessary tool […]

To overcome procrastination, “go public”

To overcome procrastination, “go public” overcome procrastination

Are you guilty of procrastination?  If so, you’re not alone.  Strategy #7 in our ongoing series about productivity tools for leaders is a tip on how to overcome procrastination. As a leader, you’re constantly juggling many priorities, and there are always a few items on the to-do list that seem to slip from one list […]

Look backwards to move forward – a leadership message from the Sankofa

Look backwards to move forward – a leadership message from the Sankofa

Do you know what the Sankofa is?  I heard it referred to briefly at a recent conference I attended, and it stirred me to research it further.  Turns out the sankofa is a metaphorical bird, generally depicted with its feet facing forward and its head turned backwards, lifting an egg from its back.  It is […]

Crisis leadership – who’s doing it well, and how

Crisis leadership – who’s doing it well, and how crisis leadership

In times of crisis, leadership is tested. And how you behave in difficult circumstances is what will ultimately define you as a leader. The COVID-19 pandemic is a living case study of how to lead (or not) in the face of calamity. Examples of good (and bad) crisis leadership abound. In my newest column for […]

Use a “parking lot” to help you achieve objectives in your meetings

Use a “parking lot” to help you achieve objectives in your meetings

In our last edition of our video series on productivity tools for leaders, I talked about how the time-keeper is a very important role in a meeting in order to achieve objectives.   You might recall that the time-keeper’s job is to let participants know when the allotted time for an agenda item is over.  But […]