Interview with Debra Beck, EdD on shared leadership and strategic decision making in nonprofit boards

This morning I was interviewed by Dr. Debra Beck about my dissertation research on shared leadership and strategic decision making in nonprofit boards of directors. It was a fun experience that reinforced to me how relevant this topic is to leaders who are trying to figure out how to make the best use of their board members’.. read more →

Meet the Keynote: Jennifer Hooten on Compassionate Action

We are excited to announce Jennifer Hooten, M.A. as our keynote speaker for our upcoming Women in Leadership Mini-Retreat titled “Compassionate Action Without Burning Out.” Our team member, Becca Spence Dobias, had the opportunity to interview her on the topic.  Get a glimpse of what to expect in our upcoming retreat! Jennifer Hooten has always, “had a.. read more →

You Are Not the Issue

Over the past 10 years coaching leaders, I’ve seen people grow and transform the way they relate to others and achieve their goals. Most importantly, I’ve experienced people shifting the way in which they relate to themselves creating long-term sustainable change. This new relationship to self creates boundless possibilities for people to live more fully.. read more →

Creating a Work Environment That Sparks Joy

LF Leadership partner, Cynthia Luna, wrote recently about the importance of one’s environment, both natural and manmade, to effective leadership. In Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo echoes the relationship between one’s environment and one’s mental state, writing, “Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.” If.. read more →

Leadership Conversations: Incense in the Halls of the Office

Scott Scherer, President and Owner of Catholic Travel Centre and Principal of CoreWorks Consulting, believes leaders can benefit in particular ways from mindfulness. “I think it helps them, one, to have more measured responses and not reactions to situations. I think they’re often surprised with stuff that comes up. That’s one of the things that happens.. read more →

Leadership Conversations: Lead to Thrive

Alane Daugherty, Ph.D. is the author of “The Power Within: From Neuroscience to Transformation” and “From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: A Journey of Transformation through the Science of Embodiment.” Growing up, Daugherty says she was “really in tune with the fact that there were a lot important things to be learned and gained from the universe.. read more →

When “nice” is wrong

One of the perennial puzzles of governing boards is why we go to such huge efforts to recruit amazing people who are at the leading edge of their field, but then we fail to actually use that expertise. In the messy “VUCA” world we find ourselves today, this is the very reason that we have boards rather than the CEO flying.. read more →

Unbox Your Board!

Board member engagement is a perennial challenge for board leaders and CEOs alike. In the most recent edition of its biennial Governance Index entitled Leading with Intent, BoardSource found that fewer than 1 in 5 CEOs strongly agree that board members are engaged. Often, the problem is the lack of meaning and creativity in so much of.. read more →

Women in Leadership Winter 2015: Understanding Power from the Inside Out

“Power is something we do all the time. It is more a process than a possession,” says Beth Roy, Ph.D., a longtime mediator in the San Francisco Bay Area. “If we are doing it all the time, we can have consciousness about the ways in which we give up power—often through assumptions about the way.. read more →

Dust Off the Strategic Plan

The beginning of the year is, for many, a natural time of reflection and planning, a time to look back on the challenges and successes of the previous year and to set goals for the one to come. For organizations too, the end of the year can be a chance to reflect and plan—to take.. read more →