Author: leadabove

The What, Why, and How of the Hunch

Quick question: the last time you heard an inspirational quote around failure – whether fail forward or fast, learn from failure – did you kind of roll your eyes? It’s OK. You can say yes. I can’t really see you while you’re reading this. As for me – I’ll confess to the old eye roll when I encounter the “failspirational” wisdom, as I now affectionately call it. Why? Because honestly – it’s great on a bumper sticker. But how well does it really play out? I mean – “live every day as if it were your last” sounds like a...

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The Fiery, Five-Alarm, Hate-Fueled Case For Diversity in Business. Now.

I don’t care what your politics are. Not today. Fall where you may fiscally or socially, wherever in the world you call home, today you see hate. You see it empowered, fracturing communities, stealing lives. But that’s just the news – right? Now it’s time to get back to work, and put all that sadness aside. Am I being facetious? I am. But I have a point. When we look at these groups that are perpetuating and acting upon the most vile belief systems, one of their most prominent characteristics is homogeneity. Members of these hate groups, in large...

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What Weight Watchers Wasn’t Watching, and the Lessons We’ve Learned

In 1963, the Beatles invaded America, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and women in large part were striving to be thin. The enterprising Jean Nid In 1963, the Beatles invaded America, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and women in large part were striving to be thin. The enterprising Jean Nidetch saw and seized upon the great opportunity, and in 1963 Weight Watchers was born. Since that time, we’ve seen tremendous evolution – from music to civil rights, to – frankly – feminism (because even today women still represent the majority of the Weight Watchers customer...

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Why Leaders Need to Check Their Frequency

3 common situations…why it matters and what to do about it… I had lunch recently with a colleague who used this delightful turn of phrase: we all need to “check the frequency we’re resonating at.” And that resonated powerfully at my frequency. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the phrase, and how much truth sits within it. If people (the right people) aren’t picking up what you’re putting down, then it’s simply not the right stuff. And I see this play out so frequently in the work I do. Time and again, in working with a client, we encounter some sort...

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Unsexy. It’s the New Black.

Working with leaders that shoot for the moon is inspiring, and frankly just fun. I have all the time in the world to talk about building capabilities for innovation, risk-taking, learning from failure – all the sexy biggies. And yet nine times out of 10 (a highly un-validated estimate) when I sit down with the teams reporting to these moon-shooters, I come to learn (now unsurprisingly) that much of what keeps teams from shooting moons isn’t at all about an inability to shoot a moon. Typically, it’s about a breakdown in the foundation. For anyone who still speaks Maslow,...

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