Power Intelligence:

Insights on Power and Leadership
Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: 4 Ways to Make Them Stick

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: 4 Ways to Make Them Stick

Inclusion is more than a policy or promise. It’s a set of behaviors that must be enacted daily, moment by moment, in all of our interactions. What does this mean? It means treating inclusion not as a stand-alone issue, but as a key competency vital for creating a...

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5 Challenges to Effective Leadership

5 Challenges to Effective Leadership

Effective leadership requires the ability to use power effectively. And most ineffective leadership stems from a leader's misuse of power. Why? Because power comes with the means for its own misuse. And this makes it easy to fall into its traps for personal gain. Yet...

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When is it Time to Walk Away?

When is it Time to Walk Away?

While some changes are hard, they are also obvious: we definitely want to quit smoking, or eat healthier food, or start exercising more. We want to learn a new skill, change jobs, or show up more boldly at work or in relationships. But some change is less obvious. And...

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Using Your Power for Good

Using Your Power for Good

Last year, I was invited to facilitate a day of learning for a learning organization that had been together for close to 40 years. I was set to walk into a room of people I had never met, who have known each other for decades, had already been together for a whole day...

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It’s Gossip, Even if You Don’t Know it.

It’s Gossip, Even if You Don’t Know it.

  What workplace behavior rates as the most annoying and distressing? Gossip. Gossip comes up, again and again, as a central contributing factor to workplace toxicity. Gossip is corrosive to workplace culture. It eats away at trust, undermines teamwork, and...

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Leadership Isn’t a Role, It’s a Series of Behaviors

Leadership Isn’t a Role, It’s a Series of Behaviors

We know there is a deep connection between culture and organizational outcomes. When culture is done right, it unleashes tremendous energy, harnessing a diverse set of talents towards shared organizational goals. But a culture that is hostile and dysfunctional...

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Building Trust Means Breaking It First

Building Trust Means Breaking It First

I am often asked by leaders how to build greater trust on their teams. Like any coach or facilitator, I know a lot of tools and methods for building trust. But the truth is, nothing builds trust better than what happens after you  break it. Trust develops over time,...

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How Flat Organizations Become Toxic

How Flat Organizations Become Toxic

Six months into her new job, my client was frustrated, depressed, and debating whether to leave. It was a stark contrast to how she felt just six months earlier. At first, Alicia had jumped at the opportunity to be part of the marketing team at a dynamic and promising...

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Don’t Fall for these 4 Traps of Expertise

Don’t Fall for these 4 Traps of Expertise

Falling into the Trap of Expertise Earlier this year, I made a huge mistake. And in this case, huge is likely an understatement. Preparing to travel to Mumbai, I followed the wrong set of instructions on my visa form and found myself being turned away at the Indian...

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5 Ways to Help Others Speak Up

5 Ways to Help Others Speak Up

The reality of hierarchical social systems is that people hold deeply ingrained, taken-for-granted beliefs that it’s dangerous to speak up or disagree with those in power… It’s up to leaders to foster the climate of psychological safety required to overcome that...

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