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Leadership Fear and the Stories We Tell

Speaking of leadership and the stories we tell ourselves, I recently read the following HBR interview with screenwriter Robert McKee, Storytelling that Moves People, which made me think profoundly: “The great irony of existence is that what makes life worth living does not come from the rosy side. We would all rather be lotus-eaters, but life […]
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Executive Coaching: Conversations for Change

Successful executives – the ones that get promoted more often – are adept at managing others’ perceptions of them. Many of them learn to do this through coaching conversations. Perception management is tricky. On the one hand, who has time to worry about what others might think? On the other, it matters tremendously if you […]
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The Real Reason Fear Won’t Motivate

There’s a danger in using fear to motivate people. When you present a “burning platform” story to spur your people into action, there are inherent risks. People may jump into action, but will it be the right action? Will it be purposeful? Most of the big problems we encounter in organizations or society are ambiguous […]
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