Buzzwords versus Fresh Language

  Question: How do you rid words in an organization that become the buzz of leaders and then get watered down?   A leader’s job is to consistently communicate the vision and mission of the organization. I love when entrepreneurial expert Dean Hamish said, “if they’re not mocking you, you’re not saying it enough!” On…

Poems to Use at Work

  If you’re even slightly curious about what poetry brings to business, here are a few of my recent favorites, along with some ideas for how to use them with a team or group.   By Libby: • Diving In • Trust • Just on the Edge     By other favorite poets: • Everything is Waiting for You…

Recurring Images

  I should probably leave the following out of any poems left to write.   Okay, for a year, I’ll leave out the following so that I can begin anew, think fresh thoughts, create something special.   Okay, just one poem. One poem without the following:   pigeons roosting on the roof violins lips mountains…

Martha’s Vineyard

It wasn’t the possible president sighting or the teensy plane ride over from Boston. It wasn’t the lackadaisical way they loaded our luggage and us after security. It wasn’t the lack of streetlights or the blissful absence of McDonalds or Hiltons. It wasn’t the rough and rocky beach with the moderate houses and beach bungalows…

The Best Poem Ever

  I couldn’t decide on a title. I was working in a form: rhyming triplets. So Robert, the recording engineer said, “the best poem ever,” which was more than ambitious but much better than “untitled.” It’s not the best poem ever, but it is a reminder of the practice of working within a discipline, a…

Conversational Leadership

I’m excited to share a completely new and different opportunity for those who are looking for the ultimate professional development opportunity! I will be collaborating with the poet David Whyte, as well as brilliant organizational development experts Craig Fleck and Mitch Saunders, as a member of the Invitas faculty. I invite you to join us…

Delivering Difficult Messages the Right Way

A few years back, I was interviewed by Anita Bruzzese for Intuit QuickBase. Anita is a syndicated columnist for Gannett/USA Today on workplace issues and the author of “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy.” She has been on the Today show, and quoted in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour,…