Courting Curiosity: Entering into Unknown Territory

Recently working with a team in Denver, Colorado, I wrote on the whiteboard in all-caps: GET CURIOUS. This is my short-cut to creating a culture that allows for increased trust, improved performance and morale, and better working relationships. Curiosity is the eager desire to know. Curiosity is cultivating an inquisitive nature. Though pushy curiosity can…

Saying Yes: Notes from a Gypsy Traveler

Recently, I’ve considered adopting the French response to meeting someone—enchantée—in place of “nice to meet you.” It feels infinitely better to say, “I’m enchanted . . .” doesn’t it? I was enchanted by my time in Sancerre, France.  Every day, I studied French with my teachers Marianne and Guillame, practiced my exercises at Marco’s house…

In Praise of Soft and Hard: Conversations that really matter

For many years, I’ve owned a training company called Influencing Options. We spend time helping people actually have courageous conversations. Many companies purport to do this work suggesting that some conversations were “crucial” or “critical” or “confrontational.” One of my mentors, Bob Weyant, had worked with the Core Dimensions of trust—respect, empathy, specificity and genuineness—and…

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…

Owning It: Your Voice, Your Work, Your Life

    It’s great to have my new TEDx talk live on YouTube!As a poet, speaker and consultant, this was an important goal of mine and I’m delighted that I got to work with the great group at Centennial Women in Atlanta. It’s got me thinking about a few things that are important which I…

Do You Need to Talk Poetry to Your People?

Recently, I enjoyed a LinkedIn post by Leandro Herrero (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lead-poetry-manage-prose-leandro-herrero) noting that leaders should lead with poetry and manage with prose. People often ask me about the difference between poetry and prose, and most often not in the context about my work in the business world, but mostly as a former English professor. The lines…

The Mindful Marketer: Interview with Lisa Nirell

  This week I interviewed Lisa Nirell, author of the award winning book, The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. Here is our conversation.   Libby: How do you see your work as the expert on “mindful marketing” as distinct from other marketing approaches? Lisa: Unlike “how-to” marketing books…

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,…

Multi-Generational Workers & Creativity

Question: How do you think millennials will influence creativity, language and innovation in the workplace?   The millennial generation is already influencing creativity in the workplace, especially in the uses of technology. On the one hand, it’s great to see the immediacy of creative solutions for connections and the access to information that is literally at our…