Empowerment Begins with Fear

At a recent talk I delivered, someone asked me a question, one I hear often: How do I empower others? How do I get people with less rank to take ownership? How can I make space for others? Empowering others. Holding back. Making space. It seems the right thing to do...

Resisting and Renewing power

Last week an 18 year-old, with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen other people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. It was the 214th mass shooting in the United States … this...

Where Do You Rank?

I thought I must have misheard. “You think you have the wrong engineering degree?” I asked. Yes, my client said. And to be clear: the degree in question was his Ph.D. Not the MBA he’d also succeeded in earning. I was confused. My client was a Senior...

The Guardrails of Power

It’s been over a month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis, and one of the biggest refugee crises of modern times—forcing more than 3.7 million Ukrainians to flee to neighboring countries. Putin badly miscalculated the...

You Can’t Afford To Let This Slide

Early in the first season of Ted Lasso, the curmudgeonly team captain, Roy Kent, confronts Ted, the coach, about the bullying behavior of superstar—and quintessential jerk—Jamie Tartt: “Aren’t you going to do something?” Kent growls. When Ted replies that...