I started Capital Good Fund (CGF), a nonprofit financial services company, when I was 24. At 29, I am proud to say that I run a tremendously successful, innovative and rapidly growing social change organization, one that has garnered local, state and national attention. After five years in this role, I’ve seen a lot about what is right and wrong with the social sector: old ways of thinking about philanthropy and inchoate changes to that thinking…. Read More»
Working through a series of jobs with varying roles in leadership and in the midst the worst economic recession since the depression, I have had the opportunity to view life and work through different lenses. Even as a true millennial I have experienced the good, the bad, and the great examples in leadership. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t get anywhere leading people without trust, optimism and perspective. These are, “TOP Leaders”…. Read More»
Generation Y is derided in the media and typecast in the business world for its perceived collective traits: A need for recognition, a perceived lack of focus and a lackluster work ethic. But like many of you, I have the pleasure of working with several Millennials. They’re valued members of my team and of our global organization, contributing new ideas, fresh energy and a passion for technology (a benefit for any business, but especially a technology company like ours)…. Read More»
I’m sure it’s not really surprising for you to discover that having intentional and reciprocally-valued trust relationships is one of the most highly correlated indicators of reported life satisfaction, and also, not surprisingly, the research validates that relationships are important across all cultures.
What I’m concerned about, however, is what I refer to as the global devaluing of trust…. Read More»
Simply put, ‘A’ players are great competitors. Who doesn’t want ‘A’ players? Who doesn’t want people who have the talent, skills and drive to make a startup company successful? Avoid overlooking one in your midst by understanding these five characteristics…. Read More»
A client asked me this question recently when I discussed with them how perhaps they needed to be more consistently assertive in their interactions in the workplace. There was obvious confusion about what the term passive-aggressive meant when we had a good dialogue about that. In this article I’d like to clarify the distinctions between assertiveness, aggressiveness and being passive. I do not believe one can ever be too assertive but you have to be clear on the distinctions…. Read More»
Whether a quote is attributed to Mother Teresa, Confucius, Bill Gates or your mother, truth is true – regardless of who voiced it or what pages may or may not have recorded it. Certainly, one of the oldest and well-known pieces of wisdom (i.e., truth about life) is what has come to be called the Golden Rule. Most of us would even claim that we live by the Golden Rule. Can you quote it? Take a moment now to test your recollection…. Read More»
From my research, I believe we want leaders whom we can readily connect with, trust their words, and believe in their commitment to a build a better future for more than the ‘chosen” and/or special interests.
I do believe there is a secret code—because if it wasn’t secret, we’d see more leaders using these straight-forward communication concepts…. Read More»
We can change our programs. Any program – including the limiting beliefs about ourselves and our businesses. We simply have to be aware of the program and shift!
The power – it’s all in our minds…. Read More»
Like most other businesspeople, you probably care about keeping your word and will go the extra mile to fulfill a commitment. Yet we no longer live in a world of lone rangers. Yes, you need to be accountable for your own commitments. But if your team does not coordinate to provide a unified experience to customers, employees, or other stakeholders, your efforts create confusion and complexity, and your company promises fall prey to “commitment drift.”… Read More»