Leadership Perspectives

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 […]

5 ways to maximize the value of assessments

October 19, 2015
Marie Peeler

Assessments are extremely popular and, when used correctly, they can provide a wealth of information to increase a leader’s self-awareness, highlight important strengths, and point to developmental opportunities. Assessments ask a series of questions about an individual or a team.  Respondents answer the questions about themselves, or sometimes about others as when using 360 assessments, […]

To improve things, you have to measure them

July 24, 2015
Marie Peeler

Ever since college girls starting doing Cosmo quizzes, people have been curious about self-tests – or assessment tools, as practitioners prefer to call them.  Just about every week my Facebook friends offer me enticing opportunities to learn about myself by completing online questionnaires to determine “How military are you?”, “What’s the Nationality of your soul?” […]

That’s a fact! (Isn’t it?)

April 14, 2014

Leaders need to exercise caution in regards to what they accept – or put out into the world – as fact.  The problem is that often what people state as fact is something else altogether. In a recent leadership workshop that I facilitated, the team started discussing the concept of objective truth backed up with […]

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