Recognizing When Your Strengths Cast a Shadow and 8 Ways to Fix It

A lot has been written in recent years about “strength-based” development approaches. Research suggests that you’re better off building on your natural strengths and talents than trying to improve your weaknesses. The usefulness of the strength-based approach explains its popularity. It makes good sense: put yourself in situations where your gifts and talents can be […]

Does Remote Work Contribute to Inflation? Let’s Look at the Numbers

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink claimed in a recent interview with Fox that “we have to get our employees back in the office.” According to him, doing so would result in “rising productivity that will offset some of the inflationary pressures.”  Fink did not provide any data in the form of statistics, surveys, or studies to support his claims. He […]

Your Disadvantages Could Turn Out to be Your Biggest Advantages

I learned that lesson as a result of my difficult childhood bouncing between hotel rooms, foster homes and orphanages. By the time I was 18 years old, I had lived in 18 or 20 different places. At 3 years old I was kidnapped by my father and told my mother had died. Dad picked me […]

How to Stop Agreeing to Things You Don’t Want to Do

It’s not just pathological “people pleasers” – at one time or another, almost all of us have found ourselves agreeing to do tasks we don’t want to do, whether it’s accepting a coffee invitation from an acquaintance or acquiescing when a colleague wants a favor. Of course, there are times when an unpleasant activity is […]

What Keeps You Up at Night? My Journey of Overcoming Fear

Turning your company toward social impact can be scary. What guidelines should you follow? How will you pay staff with an unproven business idea? Fear holds many leaders back, especially entrepreneurs working in uncharted waters. Malcolm Wood, a British-Chinese restaurateur, at the top of his game in hospitality and food, risks his life to show […]

Two Ways to Evolve as a CEO: Ambition or Obligation

In my CEO coaching practice, I have observed that there are two ways to change: Either the CEO is sufficiently ambitious to chase that change, or the CEO eventually feels enough pain to become obligated to make that change. For obvious reasons, the former is preferred as the latter usually involves an accumulation of pain […]

6 Intentions That Will Dramatically Increase the Achievement of Your Goals  

Innumerable barriers and setbacks can easily hijack the attainment of a goal. But studies on the effects and processes for achieving goals show that setting intentions in advance and implementing them as steps toward achieving your goals can greatly enhance the ability to attain them.  Importantly, the difference between a goal and an intention is that a […]

Why Modern Educational Leaders Need to be Agile

It has long been clear that an effective educational leader needs to bring many and varied skills to the task at hand, not the least of which are the ability to communicate effectively, to organize, to collaborate, to unify and to promote growth. But as we have learned during the pandemic, one of the most […]

Five Powerful Steps to Navigating a Crisis

I live and work in the crisis capital of the world: Hollywood, where people’s fortunes can turn on a dime. Early on in my own career as an actor, I experienced a heartbreaking setback (long story for another time), that taught me one of the most important lessons of my life: no matter how well […]