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Many years ago, during my tour of duty in the corporate ranks, I worked for a company that was headed toward real financial trouble if we didn’t make some changes. We were experiencing an “innovate or die” moment for the business. Faced with that dire reality, we reworked nearly every part of the business over the course of a couple years. It was a grueling and exhilarating process. Ultimately, our efforts […]

Mistakes. I’ve made a few. In fact, I’ve made a whole bunch over the course of my life. Turns out, I’m pretty good at it. I’ve started and failed a couple businesses. My first marriage lasted 20 months before ending in divorce. I totaled my very first car, which my parents had given me for my 16th birthday, four months after I got it. And, my behavior has been cringe-worthy […]

Categories: Authenticity, Failture

Authenticity is something that happens when I take a good hard run at life. It’s not a goal, aspiration, or destination. I can’t acquire authenticity by saying magic words, doing (or not doing) special things, or trying harder to be more real. Authenticity is more about being comfortable in my own skin, holding the opinions of others lightly, seeing the world clearly, and accepting my own and others’ flawed humanness […]

Your conversations about talent are likely too small. Most managers and HR leaders I interact with talk about talent exclusively on the individual level. Everyone is fighting the so-called “war for talent.” And while engaging and retaining talented individuals certainly matters, we do not do work as individuals. More and more work, decision-making, and problem solving is being done by teams. Does your organization know how to create better, more […]

Categories: Authenticity, talent, Teams

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear our former First Lady, Michelle Obama, speak at a conference. She is a remarkable human being and someone with much to teach us. She really got my attention when she started talking about authenticity. She explained that authenticity is really about owning and loving your story (this is my interpretation of what she said, not her exact words). This struck a […]

Categories: Authenticity, story