Leadership Perspectives

How important is sleep?

Marie Peeler

  Recently a client asked me how important I thought sleep was.  I didn’t hesitate before I said “Critically important” with some vehemence.  The context of the conversation was leadership, leadership performance, and showing up emotionally centered and resilient in the face of challenge. My answer didn’t surprise him.  I think he was simply looking for […]

7 questions to see if communication issues are damaging your team’s productivity

The purpose of a team is to utilize diverse talents, experience, and world views to make better plans, arrive at sounder conclusions, and solve thornier problems than one might be able to do on one’s own. That diversity of thought and experience is what makes teams so effective, yet it is the very same thing […]

Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

Everywhere I go, from coaching sessions to professional meetings, in large corporations and small nonprofits, I encounter people suffering from the pace of modern life. Increased illness, lower productivity, damaged relationships, and waning satisfaction are the prices that we pay. Earlier this month, fellow executive coach and Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program faculty member, Scott Eblin, […]

Want to be more productive? Spend more time sleeping.

An article last week in the Wall Street Journal focused on the effect of adequate sleep – and sleep deprivation – on work performance.  Pointing out famous short-sleepers, such as the late Margaret Thatcher, who famously operated on far less than the often recommended eight hours sleep per night, the article makes the case that […]

The downside of failing to delegate

We are certain that leaders – at least on an intellectual level – understand the benefits of effective delegation.  Yet too many delegate too little.  Would we delegate more if we truly understood the impact of NOT delegating?  Perhaps. Here’s just a few of the consequences that arise out of a failure to delegate: You, […]

4 ways to work more sustainably

Last week I wrote about working sustainably and the magic of pausing.  Here are some additional ways that leaders can work more sustainably. 1.  Examine your systems and fix ones that are inefficient Do you know exactly what you need to do and where to find the paperwork, tools, or other resources that you need […]

Working sustainably: The magic of pausing

When someone refers to a sustainable workplace, do you think of environmental initiatives; installing blue bins for recycling, replacing disposable water bottles with water bubblers, or retrofitting lower wattage light fixtures?  If so, you are not alone. On a bigger scale, perhaps you think of sustainability as it is discussed on the world stage, in […]

5 Problems with being a perfectionist

Last month an article caught my eye.  It was called “Why your employees need to make mistakes.” Years ago, I tried to convince my boss that mistakes weren’t necessarily bad.  Mistakes could be valid measurement of effort and innovation.  If we never make mistakes, it’s a strong sign that we aren’t putting our necks out […]

5 ways leaders can promote worker engagement

Last week, a post on the Wall Street Journal At Work blog claimed that over half the workers in the US aren’t enthused by or committed to their work.  The claim is based on a recent Gallup research study and, if it is true, it’s pretty scary. To understand the concept of engagement, look at […]

Talking about what matters

Last night I had a peculiar dream. I was driving on a wide, two-lane commercial road near my home.  Suddenly, in front of me, there was an elephant.  I mean a real honest-to-goodness live elephant.  He was in my lane, staring straight at me, and he did not look happy. As I slowed down and […]

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