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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

Would you set out on a 1,000-mile journey without first deciding where you were going? If you’re like most people, you would do a lot of planning before you traveled the first mile. You’d know where you were going, where you’d stay when you got there, how you’d travel, and what you’d need for the journey. A long journey requires planning if you expect it to take you in the direction you desire. […]

By nature of having both a seven and nine-year-old living under the same roof as me, I get the privilege of arbitrating many disputes. “She hit me!” cries the young one. Or, “He knocked me down!” says the other. When it’s a physical dispute, my next question tends to be, “Did s/he do it on purpose?” When the answer is “no,” it’s a quick resolution. An accident is easy to forgive […]