Leadership Perspectives

Lessons for leaders in Donald Trump’s surprising win

November 10, 2016

This week’s US Presidential election represented one of the most stunning political upsets that most of us alive today have ever witnessed. Regardless of how you voted or whether you were elated, despondent, or somewhere in-between with the result, most people were genuinely surprised when they learned that Donald Trump was to be the 44th […]

Everyone has opinions: How to make sure yours are grounded

August 31, 2016

Some of the most valuable work that I do with individuals and teams is helping them understand the difference between assessments and assertions… or put another way, the difference between opinions (or assumptions) and facts. Of course, you know the difference.  If it is 85 degrees, you are sweating, and you say “It’s hot.”  That’s […]

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What we know for sure isn’t always right

July 28, 2016

Sometimes, we think we know things. And because we humans – even the leaders among us – aren’t always as rational as we’d like to be, we often make thinking errors that cause us to believe that we absolutely know things, when in reality we don’t know them at all.  This happens especially with emotionally […]

7 things to know about how to deal with a bully

June 1, 2016
Marie Peeler

After a conference recently, where I gave a talk on emotional intelligence, I received an email requesting advice on dealing with a boss that “lacks self-awareness, is quick to anger, and vents their frustration on whoever is around.” In other words, the writer wanted to know how to deal with a bully. We’ve all experienced […]

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Why leaders should drink more water

May 9, 2016

If someone handed you the silver bullet, a substance that could make your brain less fuzzy, your stress more tolerable, and your health better overall, do you think you would you use it? I’m guessing that most people would say that they would if the substance were legal and didn’t have nasty side effects.  What […]

The Leadership Book we most often recommend

March 7, 2016
Marie Peeler

Every once in a while a book comes along that packs a lot of value into a quick read. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box is just such a book and it’s one that we find ourselves recommending to clients frequently. I’m skeptical when reviewers claim that books are “transformative.” Transformation happens more […]

Four reasons you should read

February 22, 2016
Marie Peeler

  Read Across America day is next week on March 2.  The observance, spearheaded by the National Education Association, is designed to promote reading among children and young adults.  But we wonder – Why should kids have all the fun? The evidence is clear.  Children who are given early access to books, are read to, […]

So you want to do some Team-building…

February 9, 2016
Marie Peeler

But do you want to build your team?  It’s a key question because sometimes leaders engage in ‘team-building’ in order to build their teams.  Sometimes they just want to do some team-building.  It’s important to understand the distinction and to know what your goals are when you begin a team building process. Whenever I get […]

How to stop procrastinating

January 25, 2016
Marie Peeler

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” Bill Watterson, creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. He’s talking about procrastination and this quote would lead me to believe that writing a comic strip may be a lot like […]

3 ways to become smarter in 2016

January 5, 2016
Marie Peeler
Do you want to be a smarter leader? Don’t we all? In addition to the conventional ways that leaders try to learn and expand their thinking capacity, there are lots of other ways that you can add to your knowledge and stimulate your creative thinking. Here are just three. 1-  Share what you learn. Years [...]
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