Listening in a Time of Crisis

Listening in a Time of Crisis

The global pandemic of 2020-2022 will (eventually) offer us case studies in leadership during a time of extreme anxiety. While the definitive books about this season in leadership haven’t been written (yet), I think a key element will be that the pandemic acted...
Stampeding Elephants

Stampeding Elephants

(A version of this post was originally published here on February 12, 2018.) Imagine that you’re walking along a path outside. As you round a bend, you see an elephant. Before you have a chance to think, his ears go up, his head drops, and he starts to charge...
Pandemic Projection

Pandemic Projection

Dave and I were teaching a cohort in person a few weeks ago, after months of teaching LEAD 24/7 over webinars. We were both happy to be back with people. I was overly excited to be face-to-face again, and I knew I’d have to work to stay focused on our material and not...
Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

(A version of this post was originally published here on January 8, 2017) I was a kid when The NeverEnding Story came out. There is a scene in the movie where the hero, Atreyu, and his horse are making their way through the Swamp of Sorrows. The swamp can only be...