Refuse to Quit

Refuse to Quit

I started playing basketball in fourth grade. I had hit a growth spurt and everyone kept suggesting I try it out. My dad took me to the community center and signed me up. I didn’t know how to dribble or shoot and the rules were as familiar to me as calculus theorems. I was lost, to put it mildly. In my first game I rebounded 20 balls, which may sound impressive, except that I also walked twice, missed every shot I attempted, and fouled out in the third quarter. It was around this same time... Read More
Getting Unstuck from Limiting Beliefs

Getting Unstuck from Limiting Beliefs

Life is not safe. Any parent can tell you that. There are a myriad of things out there that can, bite, pinch, reject, burn, and hurt. The problem is that unless you are Howard Hughes, you can’t sit on your foam-covered furniture in a bunker looking at the world through bullet-proof glass. You have to live, work, love, and just generally get out there. Along the way, you learn how to manage. You learn not to touch the stove because it could be hot. You learn to look both ways before you... Read More
Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

I will never forget my mother’s words to me the day my husband was ordained. She said: “You’ll rarely be able to trust anyone. Don’t give them ammunition. Friendships will be scarce. It’s okay. I’ll always be here for you.” I know what you may be thinking, “Wow . . . that’s cynical.” If you knew my mother, what she’s been through, the betrayal she’s experienced too many times, you would understand her perspective. My mother is practically a saint. My husband often jokes: “If you think the... Read More
Safeguarding Against Loneliness in Leadership

Safeguarding Against Loneliness in Leadership

“The Loneliest Job” is a famous picture taken of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office in 1961. In the picture, he stands over his desk, giving the iconic image of him bearing the weight of the world alone. In reality, he was reading the newspaper while leaning over the desk, which helped alleviate the chronic pain he had in his back. Regardless of what the picture actually captured, we can all imagine how lonely it is to lead in a position with such incredible power and unfathomable... Read More
Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

“Curiosity is different from intelligence or creativity or even from leadership. Not everyone has those qualities, but everyone can be as curious as they want to be, and it doesn’t matter when you start. Furthermore, your curiosity can help you be smarter and more creative, it can help you be more effective and also help you be a better person.” – Brian Grazer, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life One of the best and most accessible tools you can use to improve yourself is... Read More