The Owl's Perch

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  • Self-Compassion
    One of the most needed elements in effective leadership and resolving conflict is self-compassion. This defies what we think makes leaders successful: an endless supply drive and ambition. For most Read more
  • The Modern Day Warrior
    Can there be more than one warrior in the room at the same time? This question came up recently in a conversation with a dear friend and colleague – what Read more
  • Notes for Those Who Serve Others
    Last weekend I attended a conference in Los Angeles for my fellow Vistage Chairs around the world. 730 of us gathered to learn, build our skills and connect with our Read more
  • Raising the Bar
    As I thought about my “one word” theme for this new year, this quote got me thinking in a different direction: “A funny thing happens when you raise the bar. Read more
  • Lessons from the Chickadees and English Sparrows
    I have a bird feeder just outside my window and, as an amateur bird-watcher I love noticing how different species interact while jostling for the sunflower seeds I put out. Read more
  • Tolerant vs. Intolerant - Mutually Exclusive?
    I often ask my clients, “what are you tolerating?” and they get to really think about where boundaries are being muddied or expectations aren’t clear. That’s typically a great coaching Read more
  • The Power of Noticing
    Last night I went out to dinner with a new friend and was amazed at how much he noticed and acknowledged so many things around him. It started with the Read more
  • Living in Life's Beautiful Question
    Taking most of August off this year to drive west was an incredible gift as it gave me time to dream into what the next chapter of my life might Read more
  • The Need for Better Conflicts
    Recently, I listened with great interest to Krista Tippett’s “On Being” program aired on PBS. She interviewed two people on opposite sides of the gay marriage debate who are proud of Read more
  • Whatever the Problem, Community is the Answer
    One of my most inspiring and challenging teachers is Margaret Wheatley. Over the last decade I read with fascination nearly all her books starting with Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Read more
  • Aiming to Be a Better Listener This Year!
    I make my living by coaching people, so I consider myself a “professional listener.” After over a decade of doing this work you’d think I’d be a pretty good listener, Read more
  • Slowing Down to Speed Up
    I love speed. Working on the CBOT trading floor for nearly 20 years required a keen ability to think quickly, react to opportunities with just the right amount of forethought Read more
  • Hunting Like an Owl
    Another owl just flew into my life over the Thanksgiving break and I’m taking notice! In many native traditions and certainly in my life, owls appear at transitions and crossroads, Read more
  • A Propitious Intersection
    Imagine arriving at the intersection of two streets – one called “Envision” and the other called “Cooperate” and something wonderful happens… suddenly you’re able to see around the corner and Read more
  • The Narratives that Drive Us
    I'm beginning to realize that much of what has shaped my viewpoints and opinions is a result of an inner narrative – a story that has been created and supported Read more
  • Living in Life's Beautiful Question
    Taking most of August off this year to drive west was an incredible gift as it gave me time to dream into what the next chapter of my life might Read more