October 2015

You know about the Elevator Pitch.

Here’s the Elevator Code.

I heard about it at a client meeting. A sizeable financial services company. A senior executive brought it up.

We have a Leadership Council, the spunky leader stated. We want folks to engage with each other. We believe it’s good for business. So we created a company Elevator Code.

The code: (more…)

When I look at public leadership, the view is dismal.

I’m reminded of it as I flip through Jay Cost’s essay in the Wall Street Journal, The Politics of Distrust (10/17/15). I am reminded of it as I watch politicians lobby for a vote. I watch, I listen, and I do a gut check:

Can I trust you?

I think about you and me. Our spheres of influence. Our everyday interactions with folks. Colleagues, clients, friends. Our laboratory for everyday leadership. (more…)

I’m not one to preorder books.

This one I had to have at once.

Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

It arrived last Friday. I crawled into bed and entered reading heaven.

Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Trained as a sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist, Turkle has spent the last 30 years studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. (more…)

People tell me I’m direct.

I always think to myself, boy, there is so much I don’t tell.

I filter.

Kevin McCarthy, the presumptive successor to John Boehner as the Majority Speaker in the US House of Representatives, got himself into a bit of hot water last week with comments he made about the Benghazi hearings.

McCarthy spoke the truth. (more…)