Interesting Thoughts on Leadership from Women in Tech

Did you see last week’s research paper from The Glass Hammer on women in tech?  A survey of 200 junior and mid-level women in technology roles were presented with ten traits of leaders, and asked to pick three that describe today’s leaders.  They were later asked to select the three...



This Makes Me Smile

Did you grow up reading and loving the Curious George books by H. A. Rey like I did?  Curious George got into and out of more interesting scrapes with the eventual assistance of the Man With the Yellow Hat, and to me he symbolized enthusiasm, curiosity, and courage.  I...



Leaders Need Strong Self-Awareness

In an article out today in the MIT Sloan Management Review (subscription required), authors Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsoux discuss the importance of self-awareness among business leaders.    The article cites a survey of 75 members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council that rated self-awareness as...



Make It A Happy New Year With 45 Life Lessons (+5)

I have always loved this list since the first time someone emailed it to me years ago, when it was unattributed.  With a little research on The Google, I found that Regina Brett, a columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote her 45 life lessons to celebrate growing older...



Tip #9: Celebrate Successes

Too many leaders focus only on the problems at hand, or what still remains to be done, rather than step back and acknowledge how much their teams have already accomplished.  In addition to avoiding a reputation for being a complete slave driver and no fun to work for or...



On Positive Thinking

A recent column in the New York Times by Jane Brody on the power of optimism brought me back to my training in appreciative inquiry and positive psychology at the College of Executive coaching.  Brody shared the research that optimists had lower death rates than pessimists over a 30-year...



Want to be World Class? Try becoming an Optimist.

In Relly Nadler’s book, Leading With Emotional Intelligence, he posits that Star Performers don’t have to standout in every competency, but generally have 9 to 10 strong competencies (out of 20) balanced across the four areas of emotional intelligence:  understanding yourself, managing yourself, understanding others, and managing others.  One...



Accelerating Your EQ Through Self-Awareness

It’s the holidays, and for some of us, perhaps a short work week.  Holiday travel to be with family and friends inevitably provides a great opportunity to work on strengthening your emotional self-awareness, that is, the ability to recognize and understand your own feelings, differentiate between them, and know...



The Rapid Evolution Blog Blasts Off With A Salute To Colonel Potter

Welcome to the Rapid Evolution blog! With a mixture of pointers on leadership, professional development, and strategy, illustrated by current events now and again, I hope to earn your loyal readership as the weeks and months unfold. Please check out the Rapid Evolution website to learn more about my background,...




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