There’s a condition that exists for all of us - where we feel like we have all the answers, we are in control, where we’re supremely confident, where the work feels easy. I’m talking about our ‘comfort zone’ and it is at once the most difficult place to reach, the...read more
It’s an uneasy nagging feeling, there’s just so much content to keep up with. Our inboxes spill over with newsletters (like this, irony), articles, weekly recaps, daily headlines, how-to lists, and the top five best ways to do anything. It’s great, mostly. There’s so...read more
There are a couple of really salient moments that stand out to me when I think back to my early days as an organization, change, and leadership consultant. Some of these memories are funny in their innocence and unknowing, like when I thought all travel had to...read more
Why Being a Perfectionist Is Hurting Your Work (And Five Tips on Being a Leader in a Perfectionist World).
"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." — Confucius Perfect is the enemy of good. According to Wikipedia, Voltaire popularized this little gem sometime in the 18th Century. A colleague passed it on to me early in my career and although I didn’t heed its...read more
Your Type A Personality Isn’t Going to Make You Successful. It’s Going to Make You Miserable (if you’re not careful).
I get a kick out of hearing people make declarations about themselves being Type A. The most recent account coming from an NPR segment featuring a U.S. athlete competing in an Olympic fencing competition. He lost his qualifying match and afterward declared he was Type...read more
Last week, I spent the better part of six days with a four-year-old boy. I don’t spend a whole lot of time around kids, so for me, this was a unique opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of a child. We all know kids see the world differently - among...read more
What Does Your Career Say About You and Your Self-Worth? Hint: Nothing. Part Two: Your Values Are Your Compass
This part two of a two-part series exploring the sometimes complicated relationships between career, identity, values and self-worth. Last week, I explored why identity becomes intertwined with career and how it can influence, among other things, how we view our...read more
What Does Your Career Say About You and Your Self-Worth? Hint: Nothing. Part One: Career as Identity – Are You What You ‘Do’?
This is part one of a two-part series exploring the sometimes complicated relationships between career, identity, values and self-worth. It is estimated that the average working person will spend approximately 80,000 hours of their life on their career - 40 hours a...read more
Your Life Is Not a Movie – Stop Acting and Live It. How I Realized I Was Boring and Overcame Imposter Syndrome
For nearly my entire career, I worked as a Management Consultant but I was really training as an actor. My job was about tackling big challenges for some of America’s largest and most well known companies. I worked alongside incredibly smart, well-educated, driven and...read more