When I teach transformational leadership programs, one concept always hits participants right between the eyes: the knower-versus-learner dynamic.
Power imbalances, conflict avoidance, the fear of emotions and dysfunctional communication patterns are common barriers to respectful, mutually beneficial exchanges.
It is unbelievable what can happen when a leader says, “I wonder what…”
It takes courage and humility for a leader to ignore an attraction and addiction to hierarchical authority. Some best practices to avoid the pitfalls of power and improve internal communication.
Conversations go south every day at home and work. When things go badly, we stress out, then we spin out in frustration, anger, and resentment. Most of us don’t have the tools needed to honestly acknowledge our role in creating unproductive conversations or to respectfully and humbly engage with others.
Some leaders and teams know that collaboration and creativity are vital for making enlightened decisions that move them toward their goals. Whether they realize it or not, their interactions and meetings are engaging, inclusive and productive.
Having Conscious Conversations: The power of our narratives – they serve us well until they don’t, with Host Denise Griffitts
In my 30 years of working with teams (good and not so good), I have discovered that improving a group’s psychological safety is critical to changing team dynamics and assuring the mission is accomplished.
In an organization, the culture is the soup in which work gets done. It influences employee satisfaction, customer retention, and the bottom line. Getting organizational culture right is complicated, but it can mean the difference between a flourishing organization and a floundering one.
Disruption in our daily routines easily triggers negative emotional reactions. Our emotional responses are real, but they reflect the narratives (the stories in our heads) we live by. These narratives profoundly impact our lives, defining who we are and how we behave in the world.
Politicians are elected to serve the people of their district, county, state, and country. Great politicians appreciate the honor and authority bestowed upon them to represent their constituents. Good governing requires truth and integrity.
When politicians forget these values, the seduction of power becomes a slippery slope toward self-serving, egocentric, and arrogant behavior.