The Art Of Asking

On the Art of Asking   Some months ago, on a dedicated FaceBook page, some really good people practiced vulnerability for a month. They shared with each other what they noticed, felt, recognized and imagined. I paid attention, listening and quietly sighing when I witnessed some of their raw humanness, their testing of their own…

Incorporating Creativity in Any Organization

Question: Small, medium and large organizations presumably have different receptivity/responsiveness to incorporating art. Are there any patterns that stand out across the size spectrum?   An organization’s receptivity to art and creativity as a natural part of the work conversation has a direct correlation to the leader’s sensibility around risk and expansiveness. In my experience,…

Honoring Your Inheritance

As I write this, I’m visiting the wild, west coast of Ireland, a green seaside village of Ballyvaughan. In the past week, I’ve been immersed in Irish culture—hilly walks through The Burren to ancient stone dwellings, rousing sessions of traditional music in intimate pubs, sacred song and ritual in a fourteenth century church. I’m not…

Self Back-Talk

During an Alan Weiss Thrive! workshop a few years ago,  I sat at a table with an international group of successful business owners and consultants to assess “thriving” characteristics in our lives as well as those that might be obstacles or limiting beliefs. I was struck by a common theme: much of what we believe helps or hinders our Thrive…

Leaving Your Mark

I know a lot of leaders who want to make a difference. Most want to create a legacy, leave a mark, or know that what they do as leaders makes the company and its people better for having been there. There are two ways to go about this: with purpose and intent, or accidentally by…

Get up high enough to see . . .

“In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth. Beauty breaks in everywhere.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature I love Emerson as much as I love Thoreau (aka “Live deep and suck the marrow out of life” guy). I think there’s something in these writings for everyone, and even…

On Purpose, or On Perfect?

Seattle skyline at sunrise   Each morning, even before I’m fully awake, I say to myself: “I intend to live my life on purpose.” Sometimes I even say it out loud. It means that I will strive to emerge into the day and be conscious, aware, engaged and purposeful in my actions and interactions, purposeful…

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…

2014 Netspeed Thought Leader Webinar Series

2014 Thought Leader Webinar Series 5 Informative One-Hour Webinars! Virtual Learning and Virtual Leadership: Getting Results in a Wired World Leading others face-to-face and virtually is challenging and exciting. In 2014 we are often more distant geographically, yet more connected electronically. Collaboration must trump competition internally if organizations are to compete and thrive externally. Whether…

Leader Faith

Why have I always loved language? I don’t know. I’ve been at home in it. This morning, reading the piece from Henry V about Harry’s walking through the camps of soldiers before the fight, and his seeing their strength and potential even though they were rag-tag tired and forlorn. A leader believes and has faith…