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Farewell to a great mentor

Farewell to a great mentor

Early in my career I was very lucky to have a mentor – someone who believed in me, even at times when I didn’t believe in myself. He held me accountable to high standards that kept me growing into a better version of myself. Long after he had retired, he was there in the background with encouragement, astute observations, and challenging questions to keep me thinking. 

Leading Sideways

Leading Sideways

Last week I delivered my newest keynote ‘Ask more. Tell less. Building fearless cultures and changing the world’ to a group of finance sector leaders.  During the Q&A someone asked, ‘I can see how “asking more” would work with my direct reports. How do I use these coaching capabilities with my peers or my boss?’ Great question.

3 Reasons why smart leaders adopt curiosity

3 Reasons why smart leaders adopt curiosity

As kids, we start out being curious. Why do we stop?
Early on we learn that curiosity is not such a good thing… Well-meaning adults telling us things like ‘curiosity killed the cat’. We begin to believe that if we ask too many questions we are signaling that we don’t know the answers, that we need help. We worry we might look stupid – not as smart as everyone else.

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