Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization
Note: This is Part 1 of a Two-part Post. A coworker is silently angry with a colleague for voting against his candidate. An upper middle class woman emotionally volleys back and forth with her neighbor on their different votes in this past election. On Sunday, November 13,  many Pastors led their congregations in prayers of thanksgiving over the results of this election, yet just as many led prayers of lament. On election night, a woman of colo

Curls, Curves and Color: My Top 10 Brand Messages about Women Being Confident in Our Own Skin

Curls, Curves and Color: My Top 10 Brand Messages about Women Being Confident in Our Own Skin
** Update: Since this piece was first posted, some of the videos are no longer available. This post now contains 5 videos. My team and I will research and update our list soon.    A few weeks ago I was facilitating a workshop for women leaders in Lisbon, Portugal. The workshop curriculum included a segment on enhancing our credibility to influence by increasing our confidence and includes The TransPorter Group’s 4C confidence model. One of the f...

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela
As we mark the first year anniversary of the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela, this post is dedicated to the memory of a world-class leader who taught us so much about inclusion, forgiveness and reconciliation. ** In his memoir, Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela recounts an incident that occurred early in the anti-apartheid movement on one of his trips to garner support from other African leaders. The incident caused him to experience what he called “a str...

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation
Over the weekend I held two crucial conversations on race. One with a young adult relative who has been facing some pretty complex challenges that have resulted in him dealing with the issues and frustrations he is facing by acting out rather than talking it out. The other was in a sermon to the congregation where I serve addressing the pressing needs of our communities as exemplified in Ferguson, Missouri. Crucial Conversations Joseph Grenny, co-aut