2020–The Year of Clarity

2020–The Year of Clarity
In perusing through stock photos for the perfect image to welcome 2020 to my readers, this picture captured my attention immediately. Though shown in silhouette, I saw myself in the female figure. The brief case. The professional dress. And the cape. That cape did it! I thought:  “My superpower is being able to look back on 2019 and thank God for how I got over.”  “How I got over” is a refrain from an old gospel song made popular by Are...

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!
“How long does it take to form a habit?” “How long does it take to break a habit?” These two questions recently asked by one of my leadership coachees got me to thinking about the processes of breaking and forming habits. Before I answer the timing question, though, let’s start with some basics. Habits are behaviors or actions that you do on a regular basis without consciously thinking about them. Effective habits help each of us to cons...

Follow Your “Path:” 6 Lessons on Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Follow Your “Path:” 6 Lessons on Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
So many people ask me how I made the leap from engineering to organizational and leadership development—from applied science to the human sciences. Well, it can partly be traced back to a massive failure. I graduated from college with a degree in industrial and systems engineering and went to work as a logistics engineer in a pharmaceutical company in Columbus, Ohio right after graduation. My very first project was to manage the design, build and implem...

Out of the Matrix: Looking Back to Move Forward

Out of the Matrix: Looking Back to Move Forward
This is Part 2 of a Two-part post. Click here to read part 1. Ef oona ent kno eh oona da gwine, oona should kno eh oona come from! ~Gullah Proverb With this past election the winds of change have blown through our country with hurricane force, revealing a divide that is deeper than most of us suspected.  In the last post I shared two social science theories that help explain our human tendencies toward polarization that get exacerbated into chasms during