The real cost of conversational debt

I invest a lot of time learning to have the right and sometimes difficult conversations with members of my consulting team. This is important to me because every day, I see the challenges my clients face when they are unable to...

/ March 13, 2017

What do you demand of yourself?

One of the interesting and challenging things for me with the Pyxis Cultures team is how often my colleagues remind me to be kinder to myself as a person and as a leader. They do this for me in subtle...

/ March 6, 2017

Why do leaders have this constant need for quick results?

I work with clients of different shapes and sizes but one of the things that fascinates me is how much impatience I see from managers and people above them around the speed of change. What fascinates me even more is...

/ February 25, 2017

Why using more perspectives will make you a better leader

In one of the management courses I deliver, as well as with the clients I coach, one of my favorite topics to cover is understanding perspectives. Participants often tell me this topic is one of their key takeaways. For me,...

/ January 16, 2017

Why Leaders Need To Get More Co-Creative

Over the last few years of working with clients, it’s become clear to me that many leaders have difficulty co-creating with their teams. According to the annual Gallup poll, over 70% of the American workplace is disengaged. That is both...

/ January 8, 2017

How learning by doing speeds up learning

In many companies, the focus on results creates environments where employees believe they cannot take time to learn something new or try something different to become more efficient. This belief also exists within organizations adopting Lean and Agile practices, even...

/ December 28, 2016

The Silent Leadership Crisis

There is a silent leadership crisis going on right now in many workplaces around the world. The generation shift taking place in the market and the changing needs of the current workplace, including software development teams moving to Agile and...

/ December 1, 2016

The distinction between compliance and engagement

The last few years I worked with a lot of teams as an agile coach in many different companies. I have come to notice there is a cycle teams seem to go through to become more cohesive. I also noticed...

/ September 29, 2016

Management 3.0 from the bottom up

A few months ago, I delivered a Management 3.0 course for a group of people at one of my consulting clients. I had a mix of team leaders, directors, and general managers in the group. A few weeks after the course,...

/ June 23, 2016

Who comes first: The consultant or the coach?

My professional career doing organization development and coaching work with my clients often requires me to play a dual role. There are times where I need to wear the hat of the consultant and others where I need wear the hat...

/ May 18, 2016