Borderless Leadership

Overcoming the mental hurdles of leadership

July 17, 2017

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality,” according to a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln. I would contend that leadership is, in fact, comprised of a series of small promises converted into reality. Along the way, these small promises generate faith and trust..

True leadership means ensuring your team is healthy and happy

July 11, 2017

It doesn’t matter how emotionally invested people are in the companies they work for – if they feel burnt out, productivity goes down the drain. I recently had a few conversations with coaching clients who sought solutions for keeping employees engaged, feeling great and enthused…

How to create mindful leadership

July 3, 2017

For the last few years, mindfulness has been getting a lot of attention and press. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading thinker in the field, mindfulness is about “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” It is about..

Leadership is about developing 1 voice and 1 movement

June 29, 2017

When your time to lead comes, what practices will define your leadership? There are many models, theories and aspirational frameworks that define and describe leadership. I am drawn to the observed behaviors and practices of identified leaders during times of change or big movements. Over..

How to cut through the volume of work and win

June 26, 2017

A client once told me that if breathing weren’t automatic, he would have a hard time scheduling it in. Sounds ridiculous, right? But compared to five years ago, 46% of leaders are putting more hours and energy into their work. A big reason: The ever-increasing..

Don’t forget the ‘ship’ in leadership

June 19, 2017

Leadership is a broad topic that is arguably challenging to define and more of a journey than a destination. Although complex, most will agree that leadership possesses four core elements: a leader, follower(s), the presence of influence, and an objective. People strive to be great..

5 leadership mistakes even the best bosses make

June 13, 2017

If you think your boss is some freak of nature and you’re the luckiest person alive, I’ll break it to you gently: He or she is human and will make mistakes. The great ones rise up from their errors by A) acknowledging they made a..

Changing workplaces call for a new type of leader

June 7, 2017

Developing effective and empowered leaders is one of the most important things an organization can do to ensure the successful accomplishment of its goals, whatever they may be. That’s because leadership influences nearly all aspects of a business, such as the selection, engagement, and retention..

What blue collar America can teach us about leadership

May 29, 2017

In rural and “Rust Belt” America, “doing” jobs in industries like farming, warehouse work, and manufacturing can greatly outnumber “thinking” jobs. The divide can be dramatic — many blue-collar workers and regions feel they have little to nothing in common with white collar workers and..

What male and female leaders can learn from each other

May 29, 2017

In the television show Mad Men, which depicted a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 60s, women were secretaries and men were bosses — drunk bosses most of the time. As the show progressed toward the beginning of the 70s, we saw the female characters..