This blog post is contributed by Dana Schwartz, a Leadership Strategist, Coach, and Facilitator with Leadership Innovations. Search the web for “fear of failure” and you’ll find a multitude of links to articles – from inspirational quotes and simple ways to overcome it to neurological descriptions of the brain’s response to fear. As a Leadership Coach, I am intrigued to learnRead More →

My friend Eric competed in American Ninja Warriors this past week in Indianapolis. Because of the secrecy rules for television shows of this nature, the outcome is currently unknown. Eric has been dreaming and preparing for this moment for almost a year while battling stage four cancer. In fact, he has been fighting cancer for several years and keeps beatingRead More →

It’s go time! It’s time to go! Let’s go, it’s time! Time is a powerful influence on our lives. It dictates working, eating, sleeping, exercising, socializing, and really every part of our lives. Time causes us to feel stressed or focused. It tells us if we are good (on time) or bad (late). Time challenges us to go faster andRead More →

My day started out completely unfocused and demotivated. It felt like walking through six-inches of mud in high top tennis shoes. (Yes, I have done that.) I would like to blame it on daylight savings, but that would be deflecting the truth of the choices I made leading up to this morning. As I struggled to get focused and findRead More →

As a new manager, Jordan was excellent at facilitating team and one-on-one decision-making meetings. Her boss praised her for creating an environment of mutual trust, open sharing, creativity, and energy. However, Jordan was continually disappointed in the output of the team. Work was not getting done when she was expecting it to get done. Instead of letting this frustration getRead More →

Group decision-making and planning does not have to be painful, time-consuming, and unproductive. There is a simple process you can follow to make this experience enjoyable, efficient, and productive. This experience involves three primary steps. Start with What What? Hasn’t Simon Sinek been telling us for the past few years to “Start with the Why”? The why is important. However,Read More →

In school, I ran the 100-yard dash on the track team. It was like most races. There was a clear starting line, a finish line, and a lane for each person. I knew what I had to do to reach the destination; run fast and stay in my lane. Measuring progress was simple. As I have matured and faced moreRead More →

Recently, I was part of an open discussion entitled “Leading Generational Differences.”  This was a topic the group generated during a leadership forum a colleague and I were conducting.   With all the attention being given to this topic by authors, researchers, and speakers, it seemed like a valuable use of our time.Recently, I was part of an open discussion entitledRead More →

Recently, I asked participants in a leadership workshop to think about types of terrible leaders and give them a catchy name. We had a delightful interaction defining, and mildly joking about, the disruptive behaviors that are exhibited by some people in influential roles. The results of our dialogue are shown in the image within this blog. From our class listRead More →

This past Spring I was inspired to get my motorcycle license. I was motived by a desire to increase my skills in this activity and also to spend time with my dad who has been riding and rebuilding motorcycles most of his life. Handling curves was one of the early lessons in my two-day class. Curves are potentially dangerous spotsRead More →